Afro-Asian Solidarities to Afrasian Spaces and Identities: Exploring the Limits of Afrasia
Renewed conceptualisations of Afrasia and Afrasian spaces, as used in this chapter, are meant to highlight emerging transregional spaces of interaction and challenge notions of China’s neo-colonisation of Africa and South–South solidarities. I attempt to problematise these new conceptualisations by exploring the history of African–Asian engagements between African and Asian unfree labourers, Bandung-era Third-World solidarity movements, and the treatment of different Asian migrant communities in two African countries, specifically Uganda and South Africa. I argue that it is important to view episodes of Afro-Asian solidarities in the context of Western colonial efforts to privilege Whiteness. Current constructions of Africa-Asian spaces must (1) render the West and Whiteness visible, and (2) address China’s increasing power on the global stage. If Afrasian spaces emerge, we will likely find them in the intimate relationships between African and Asian people. Further, if the concept of Afrasia is to become more widely relevant, it must be embraced by both African and Asians.
KeywordsAfrasia Afrasian Afro-Asia Blasian Neo-colonisation Whiteness Global South South-South
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