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In Session: Race to the Unfinished: How do Transnational Experiences Re/Shape the Discourse of Race and Ethnicity in and out of Taiwan? A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue
2: Transnational Circulation of Anti-Black Discourses in Taiwanese Media
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
3:00pm – 4:30pm EDT
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests have surged again across the United States and become a widely spread transnational movement ignited by the murder of George Floyd. The BLM movement has not only exposed the racial tensions in the U.S. but also revealed the existing political divisions among Asian American communities. Some Asian Americans have painted the movement as violent and thus illegitimate, and some have placed themselves as in a relatively more victimized position than blacks due to the rise of anti-Asian sentiments. As the geopolitical conflict between the U.S. and China gets increasingly heated, these splitting discourses around blackness have also circulated to the Taiwanese media via diasporic Chinese press and social media sites, perpetuating the anti-black myths. In this talk, I will examine how the anti-black discourses advocated by the conservative Asian American groups, the Chinese diasporic communities, and right-leaning American politicians have entered into the mainstream Taiwanese politics in the face of a “New Cold War,” and articulate a more nuanced internationalism based on racial solidarity that is pressing for the Taiwanese progressive communities.