New racism or new Asia: what exactly is new and how does race matter?

Raghuram, Parvati (2021). New racism or new Asia: what exactly is new and how does race matter? Ethnic and Racial Studies (Early access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2021.1951319

Abstract

This special issue offers important insights into race in Asia, insights first shared in a workshop “New Racism and Migration: Beyond Colour and the ‘West’”. My concluding commentary begins by positioning debates on race within the literature on “new racism”. The workshop enhanced existing thinking on race pointing to the legacies of racial thought and of migration in Asia, the nature of comparison in racial thinking, and the ways in which race is entangled with class. It then outlines what is distinctive about Asia – the different histories of settler colonialism by European migrants and the indigeneity of racial thought but not of indigenous people. The paper ends by suggesting three ways forward in conceptualizing racism in Asia: engaging the materialities of race in Asia, recognizing how Asian race debates are influenced by global discourses and the need to draw on anti-racist politics to theorize race.

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