Jean Pfaelzer

Chinese Reparations

I just appeared on a London-based television show hosted by Richie Allen and one of the co-producers asked me what would reparations look like and as I began to discuss my ideas on the topic (public policies that eliminate racial disparities), he said that he was Chinese and that Chinese are also subjected to discrimination and that I didn’t answer about Chinese. Unfortunately, after I gave my response on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the article by Ta-Nehesi Coates in The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations:  An Intellectual Autopsy,” we didn’t have time to go into specific Chinese grievances. Coates’s article can be found here:  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations-an-intellectual-autopsy/371125/ 

I would like to hear from those knowledgeable about Chinese grievances and learn from them.  To continue that conversation, let me state for the record that the global system of colonialism and the Eurocentrism that resulted from colonialism’s policies affected everyone who was touched by it–on both sides. That is the beauty of Fanon’s, Freire’s and José Maria Sison’s writings, the three of whom shifted the thinking and the doing, including academically, on decolonization.  See Kristina Wong’s comedy on Asian reparations: http://kristinawong.com/blog/2014/05/04/full-episode-watch-kristina-wong-get-reparations-for-yellow-fever/

I highly recommend the writings of Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry, located at https://www.facebook.com/jeffreybperry?fref=ts and http://www.jeffreybperry.net/ as we navigate this discussion.

The Irish chimed in on this discussion with this information about Irish slavery:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/27/1265498/-The-slaves-that-time-forgot#

See this New York Times Review of the Jean Pfaelzer book on Chinese-American treatment by the U.S. government, Driven Out:  The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americanshttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/29/books/review/Limerick-t.html?pagewanted=all

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