The History of Afro-Asian Solidarity and the New Era of Political Activism

Author ORCID Identifier


Degree Year

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


East Asian Studies


Emer Sinéad O'Dwyer
Ann Sherif

Committee Member(s)

Sheila Miyoshi Jager, Chair
Hsiu-Chuang Deppman
Andrew Macomber
Bonnie Cheng


Afro-Asian solidarity; Japan; Japan Studies; Asian Studies; Social media activism, Black radical movements, Asian American Radicalism, Black internationalism, Black internationalist feminists, Allyship, BlackLivesMatter, StopAsianHate


The summer of 2020 marked a dramatic shift in race consciousness around the globe. The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, coupled with the rise of Anti-Asian hate crimes, sparked a global outcry of support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and renewed interest in solidarity between Black and Asian communities as a means to organize against systemic racism and white supremacy. This paper sets out to investigate the intersectional histories of oppression faced by these communities, offers a timely analysis of the history of Afro-Asian Solidarity domestically and on the international stage, and explores the relevance of Afro-Asian allyship to contemporary social movements, #BlackLivesMatter and #StopAsianHate. Based on the analysis of scholarly and journalistic sources, I argue that the transnational progress made through Afro-Asian solidarity in the global freedom struggle provides a compelling example and invaluable blueprint of the radical potential for Afro-Asian Solidarity in the age of Black Lives Matter.

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