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Journal Cover Critical Philosophy of Race
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   ISSN (Print) 2165-8684 - ISSN (Online) 2165-8692
   Published by Penn State University Press Homepage  [35 journals]
  • Buttery Flies: On the Alien Permanence of the InvAsian Irony of Permanent
    • Abstract: butterfly, n.Etymology: butter n1+ fly n1; with Old English buttorfléogecompare Dutch botervlieg, earlier botervlieghe, modern Germanbutterfliege. The reason of the name is unknown: Wedgwoodpoints out a Dutch synonym boterschijte in Kilian, which suggeststhat the insect was so called from the appearance of itsexcrement.“Ironic” characterizes a dramatic situation involving a contradictory clash and disorientating gap between two events or entities co-arising or juxtaposed as such: the world and the word, the word & the deed, the ideal & the real, what has been expected & what is being exposed, what is shown & what is said, what is said & what is signaled, etc.A sense of irony involves not only the ability to see ... Read More
      PubDate: 2016-04-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Guest Editors’ Introduction
    • Abstract: As philosophy of race, and critical philosophy of race in particular, has continued to develop in the academy, we have seen a great creative surge in philosophies that concern specific communities of color. Especially productive has been work in African American philosophy—both in quality and quantity.How has Asian American philosophy fared? The first compilation of philosophical work on Asian American philosophy was published in 2003 in the APA’s Newsletter on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies.1 This 2016 special issue of Critical Philosophy of Race is the third. In the thirteen years between, only a smattering of essays has been published. Clearly, there is a great need for development on ... Read More
      PubDate: 2016-04-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Fantasies of Asian American Kinship Disrupted: Identification and
           Disidentification in Michael Kang’s The Motel
    • Abstract: There is no one law of kinship, no one structure of kinship, no one language of kinship, and no one prospect of kinship. Rather, the feeling of kinship belongs to everyone.A meet-the-parents scenario goes awry for an Asian American couple in Wong Fu Production’s new media short “Meet the Kayak” (2013): the boyfriend arrives at a spacious suburban home before his girlfriend gets off work, only to be mistaken by her father as a potential buyer for the kayak her mother is selling over the internet.1 The short gently mocks the notion that today’s professional woman can be exchanged between her father and her boyfriend like a piece of lightly-used sporting equipment. The short also quite seriously anticipates a ... Read More
      PubDate: 2016-04-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Postcolonial Ambivalence and Phenomenological Ambiguity: Towards
           Recognizing Asian American Women’s Agency
    • Abstract: Homi Bhabha, in his book The Location of Culture, brings into sharp relief the experiences of third world subjects who reside in the first world as a result of the history of colonialism. He avoids the entrenched focus of race theory in the United States as characterized by the black and white divide and reorganizes race theory to include all racialized subjects—people who live in the United States, but whose body features do not represent this country.1 In this way, Bhabha broadens the notion of racialized subjects to include Asian, Latin, and Native Americans.Bhabha’s work has gained much attention from numerous fields, most notably for our present concerns, Asian American Studies. He has been all but neglected ... Read More
      PubDate: 2016-04-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • “I am not living next door to no zombie”: Posthumans and
    • Abstract: Posthumanist and transhumanist film and television is both a vehicle for reflection on prejudice and a means of gratifying in fantasy deeply imbedded human impulses towards prejudice. Posthumanism and transhumanism offer contrasting pictures of the posthuman condition, but it is something very familiar—prejudice—that lies at the heart of most post-humanist and transhumanist narratives. It does so whenever posthumans form an identifiable group in conflict with humans. In the X-men movie franchise, for example, the narrative is primarily ordered around a fight for mutant acceptance. The films—which include seven films released between 2000 and 2014, with more on the way—are based on a Marvel Comics series that began ... Read More
      PubDate: 2016-04-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Lines of Descent: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity by Kwame
           Anthony Appiah (review)
    • Abstract: One of the most brilliant and interesting thinkers in our contemporary moment trying to better understand one of the most brilliant and interesting thinkers in all of modern history—that would be a dramatic but not unreasonable way to describe and evoke the significance of Lines of Descent, Kwame Anthony Appiah’s latest book. It is about W. E. B. Du Bois and it is an effort to partially chart the development of this transformative figure’s thought, especially on the topics of race and social identity, paying special attention to the influences of German thought on his intellectual formation. I would characterize the book as useful, although disturbing, and as delightful yet frustrating. I will explain each of these ... Read More
      PubDate: 2016-04-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • Agamben and Colonialism by Marcello Svirsky and Simone Bignall (review)
    • Abstract: Questions about the extent to which modern Western politics are constituted by, reliant upon, and implicated in the history of colonialism and postcolonialism have been given remarkably short shrift by the most prominent theorists of biopolitics, of which Giorgio Agamben is undoubtedly one. This is remarkable since it is virtually incontestable that racism and the various political technologies of race have been central to the operation of biopower, at least since the eighteenth century. Indeed, Foucault (2003, 256) suggested that racism was an essential device of biopower, insofar as it enabled the mobilization of the sovereign right of death within a technology of power focused on fostering life. Foucault’s ... Read More
      PubDate: 2016-04-11T00:00:00-05:00
  • On the Particular Racism of Native American Mascots
    • Abstract: The residents of Ossining pride themselves on living in an “ethnically diverse” community. One of the threads that bind the community is attending Ossining schools and representing the Ossining Indians. I feel that the use of the Indian mascot unites Ossining.The Forrest Hills Board of Education voted 5–0 on July 19 to retain the Anderson High School Redskins mascot, because of the overwhelming support shown by students, parents, teachers and members of the community. It was made clear to the board that the Redskins mascot belongs to the students and alumni of Anderson, and that it will not be given up because of pressure or intimidation from outside groups such as the American Indian Movement.This is a paper about ... Read More
      PubDate: 2016-04-11T00:00:00-05:00
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