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Transpacific Correspondence

Dispatches from Japan's Black Studies

  • Yuichiro Onishi
  • Fumiko Sakashita

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Yuichiro Onishi, Fumiko Sakashita
    Pages 1-20
  3. A Primer for Transpacific Correspondence

  4. Crossing Over

  5. Transpacific Black Freedom Studies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-226

About this book


Since 1954, Japan has become home to a vibrant but little-known tradition of Black Studies. Transpacific Correspondence introduces this intellectual tradition to English-speaking audiences, placing it in the context of a long history of Afro-Asian solidarity and affirming its commitments to transnational inquiry and cosmopolitan exchange. More than six decades in the making, Japan’s Black Studies continues to shake up commonly held knowledge of Black history, culture, and literature and build a truly globalized field of Black Studies.


Black Studies in Japan Afro-Asian relations Black intellectual history African diaspora transpacific Black freedom studies Black politics Civil Rights movement Black feminism Mary Lou Williams haiku postwar Japan US occupation of Japan cosmopolitanism S. I. Hayakawa Paule Marshall Hiromi Furukawa Atsuko Furomoto Keiko Kusunose Tsunehiko Kato Gishin Kitajima

Editors and affiliations

  • Yuichiro Onishi
    • 1
  • Fumiko Sakashita
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of African American & African StudiesUniversity of Minnesota, Twin CitiesMinneapolis, MNUSA
  2. 2.College of LettersRitsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

About the editors

Yuichiro Onishi teaches in the Department of African American & African Studies and Asian American Studies Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA. He is the author of Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th-Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa (2013).

Fumiko Sakashita is Associate Professor in the College of Letters at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Her work appears in Swift to Wrath: Lynching in Global Historical Perspective (2013) and Gender and Lynching: Politics of Memory (Palgrave Macmillan 2011).

Bibliographic information


“Each chapter of the volume has so much to offer as they reimagine the parameters of Black Studies temporally, geographically, and methodologically. A crystallization of Japan’s Black Studies in the past and the present, the book will certainly be of great value to those interested in Black Studies, Japan Studies, American Studies and beyond.” (Michio Arimitsu, Contemporary Japan, April 16, 2021)