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Today, calls for coalition between Blacks and Asian American are common

and therefore rarely interrogated.  But since Bandung, the world has changed

somewhat, with the Asian population in the US growing rapidly through

immigration.  Today, Asian Americans have more wealth 

and education than Blacks and are also less residentially segregated.



Books by and About Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson (Lives of the Left)  / Here I Stand  / Paul Robeson Speaks  /

The Undiscovered Paul Robeson , An Artist's Journey, 1898-1939  /  Paul Robeson: The Years of Promise And Achievement

Raul Robeson: Citizen of the World The Young Paul Robeson: On My Journey Now

Paul Robeson: The Great Forerunner /  Paul Robeson the Life and Times of a Free Black Man 

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Interrogating Black-Asian Coalition

Fifty Years After Bandung

The State of Black-Asian Relations


In April of 1955, 29 African and Asian nations came together in Bandung, Indonesia for the Asian-African Conference to promote economic and cultural cooperation and oppose colonialism. More popularly referred to as "Bandung," this gathering was historic because it brought together newly independent colored nations and posed a challenge to western and white dominance. It is believed that the notion of the "third world" emerged from Bandung to demonstrate a rejection of both the west and ideologies associated with it.  Bandung has been celebrated and referenced by many activists and intellectuals including W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, Yuri Kochiyama, Vijay Prashad, Robin Kelley, and Makani Themba-Nixon

Today, calls for coalition between Blacks and Asian American are common and therefore rarely interrogated.  But since Bandung, the world has changed somewhat, with the Asian population in the US growing rapidly through immigration.  Today, Asian Americans have more wealth and education than Blacks and are also less residentially segregated. Since the 1992 LA Riot, the call to "go beyond Black and white" has gained more political momentum among both the left and right.  Blacks have been charged with anti-Asian racism, including the murders of Chinese food delivery workers, Shaq versus Yao and the Hot 97 "Tsunami Song."  Today we also have Asian Americans opposing affirmative action, generating wealth from owning businesses in Black neighborhoods, creating the board game "Ghettopoly" and using Black cultural and political expressions to critique African Americans

Thus, fifty years later, we seek to explore the possibilities and reality of Black-Asian relations in the US. Join us in Philly as Black and Asian American activists come together to discuss tensions between Blacks and Asians, what we see as the roots of conflicts, how this informs our activist projects, and whether coalition is viable between our communities. Panelists will draw from their activist experiences, which includes international solidarity work, educational justice, immigrant rights organizing, non-profit funding analysis, anti-gentrification projects, queer justice, and anti-police violence work. We hope you join us as we convene a panel and community dialogue that honestly explores the state of Black-Asian relations today and whether solidarity is really possible.

Sponsored by the Third World Coalition of the American Friends Service Committee

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Tuesday, August 2 from 6:30pm-9:30pm

AFSC Friends Center, 1515 Cherry Street/Philadelphia (Rufus Jones Room)

Free and open to the public

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Rodney Camarce

Rodney Camarce is a poet and artist, currently working as a teaching artist with the Asian Arts Initiative, and a community organizer with the People's Institute For Survival and Beyond.  

Mary Dillard

Mary Dillard teaches African History and Global Studies at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.  She is currently the book review editor of Jenda: a Journal of African Women’s Studies.  She has published, taught courses and presented research on: globalization, imperialism, science, technology and medicine in Africa, African educational history, and the continuing legacy of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.  One of her articles on globalization as it relates to Africa, “Examination Standards, Educational Assessments, and Globalizing Elites: The Case of the West African Examinations Council,” was published in The Journal of African American History special issue “Africa and Globalization” (volume 88, number 4).  She is currently working on a book about educational testing in Africa entitled From Measuring Skulls to Measuring Skills: Examinations and Mental Measurement in West Africa.  She lives in New York City. 

Nijmie Dzurinko

Nijmie Dzurinko is a political activist, poet, popular educator and organizer.  She has worked with the Philadelphia Student Union, and is a founding member of the International Women's Peace Service.  She is interested in the neo-colonial situation in which people of color and poor and working class people find ourselves in at the present time - specifically in how to negotiate this time, the possibilities for educating ourselves, and seizing opportunities for change.

Kenyon Farrow

Kenyon Farrow is a writer and organizer living in Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of the national organizing body of Critical Resistance —a national organization dedicated to finding alternatives to incarceration. Kenyon has written several articles and essays, including Is Gay Marriage Anti-Black? and We Real Cool?: On Hip-Hop, Asian-Americans, Black Folks, and Appropriation  Kenyon has appeared on radio, TV, in print, has given many public lectures and served on many panels dealing with race and prison issues, and race and queer issues as well. He has an essay in the upcoming anthology of Black Gay male writing, “Think Again 2”, and finished his first book project entitled Letters from Young Activists co-edited with Dan Berger and Chesa Boudin, due out in fall 2005 with Nation Books.

Helen Gym

Helen Gym has worked with Asian Americans United since 1994 and is on the founding board of the Folk Arts and Cultural Treasures Charter School, a school focused on the needs of immigrant children and families. With a background in second language acquisition, she currently consults on curriculum issues in Asian American studies, immigrant children, and multicultural education. In 2001-2, she was a key organizer and media strategist of a coalition that successfully limited the privatization of public schools in Philadelphia. She was also an organizer and media strategist for two broad-based coalitions to oppose a baseball stadium in Chinatown. Ms. Gym is a former public school teacher and is on the board of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Asian Americans United. She is a Philadelphia public school parent.

Tiffany King

Tiffany King is a community organizer and educator working and living in Wilmington, DE where she grew up.  She is a co-founder of Resistahs, a community education collective focusing on transformative education for black women.  Members of the collective are co-creating community education programs with black women in high schools, GED classes, Delaware Technical Community College, and members of tenant's councils in public and subsidized housing in the State.  Tiffany is also a substitute teacher with the Vocational and Technical School District in Wilmington, DE and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Community Economic Development Association of Delaware.  From 1998 through 2003, Tiffany worked with a number of groups in Philadelphia including the Paul Robeson House, the Black Radical Congress, the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, and the Center for Responsible Funding.   

Monami Maulik

Monami Maulik has worked as an immigrant, labor, and youth organizer in New York City for several years.  In 1999, Monami co-founded DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving as one of the first low-income South Asian community-based organizations for social justice in the U.S.  DRUM organizes low income South Asian immigrant communities and immigrant detainees for immigrant justice.  Prior to that Monami worked with the NY Taxi Workers Alliance, the Women Workers Project at CAAAV (Organizing Asian Communities), TICO (Training Institute for Careers in Organizing), and served on various city-wide coalitions and campaigns around policing, youth organizing, and racial justice.  Monami serves on the Advisory Board of the North Star Fund, the Steering Committee of the New York City Organizing Support Center, and on the BRIDGE (Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy) Trainer’s Bureau. In 2001, Monami received the Union Square Award and the Open Society Institute Community Fellowship of the Soros Foundation.  In 2002, Monami received the Jane Bagley Lehman Award from the Tides Foundation in recognition of her organizing for immigrants rights and civil liberties post- September 11, 2001.  In 2003, Monami presented at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Meeting in Geneva and in 2005 at the Global Commission on International Migration.  She is currently the Director and Organizer with the Immigrant Justice Program of DRUM. 

Tamara Nopper

Tamara K. Nopper is a writer, educator and activist whose work explores white supremacy/nationalism, Asian American-Black relations, globalization, immigration, citizenship, and nation.  She currently volunteers with the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, an anti-war and counter-military recruitment organization. 

Ewuare Osayande

Ewuare Osayande is a political activist, poet and author of several books including Black Anti-Ballistic Missives: Resisting War/Resisting Racism He is co-founder of POWER (People Organized Working to Eradicate Racism) and creator of ONUS: Redefining Black Manhood. Forthcoming books include a collection of essays entitled Misogyny and the Emcee: Exposing the Exploitation of Black Women in Hip Hop and a book of poems entitled Blood Luxury which will be published by Africa World Press.

Moderated by Darryl Jordan, Director of the Third World Coalition of AFSC

If you have any questions, please contact Tamara K. Nopper at

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Life on Mars

By Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly noted the collection's "lyric brilliance" and "political impulses [that] never falter." A New York Times review stated, "Smith is quick to suggest that the important thing is not to discover whether or not we're alone in the universe; it's to accept—or at least endure—the universe's mystery. . . . Religion, science, art: we turn to them for answers, but the questions persist, especially in times of grief. Smith's pairing of the philosophically minded poems in the book’s first section with the long elegy for her father in the second is brilliant." Life on Mars follows Smith's 2007 collection, Duende, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, the only award for poetry in the United States given to support a poet's second book, and the first Essence Literary Award for poetry, which recognizes the literary achievements of African Americans. The Body’s Question (2003) was her first published collection.

Smith said Life on Mars, published by small Minnesota press Graywolf, was inspired in part by her father, who was an engineer on the Hubble space telescope and died in 2008.

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Malcolm X

A Life of Reinvention

By Manning Marable

Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.

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I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters 

Edited by Michael G. Long

Bayard Rustin has been called the “lost prophet” of the Civil Rights Movement, a master strategist and organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and a deeply influential figure in the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Despite these achievements, Rustin often remained in the background, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Published on the centennial of his birth, and in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters  are his words shining through a collection of more than 150 of Rustin’s letters. His correspondents include major figures of his day — for example, Eleanor Holmes Norton, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Ella Baker and of course, Martin Luther King Jr. “I have file boxes full of Rustin’s letters that I tracked down in archives across the country,” said book editor Michael G. Long.

“The time it took to complete the research was much longer than I had predicted, not just because of the number of letters I had in hand, but also especially because for their high quality. It was incredibly difficult to weed out those letters I really liked but that did not serve the purpose of putting together a publishable narrative of letters. And there are quite a few of those that are topically fascinating but not easily fitting for a narrative.”phillytrib

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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