Through uncovering a rich, dynamic history of pro-Japanese views among U.S. Black nationalists during the Depression and World War II, Gerald Horne has produced a brilliant book that provides a powerful model for writing about transnational African American history, global white supremacy, and Afro-Asian solidarities.
—Erik S. McDuffie , author of Sojourning for Freedom
Alongside Race War!: White Supremacy and the Japanese Attack on the British Empire and other works, this monograph adds to Dr. Horne's prolific oeuvre concerning the multifaceted international context of movements of opposition and solidarity against Euro-American Empire. Horne again showcases the expansive and imaginative -- as well as at times contradictory and problematic -- transnational activities, ideology, and agency of U.S. Black political struggle. This work is another reminder of why he continues to be a leading historian and intellectual on global affairs, and moreover a model of radical intellectualism and activism for generations of today and tomorrow.
—Robeson Taj Frazier, author of The East Is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imaginationier
In his ever-expanding corpus, Gerald Horne continues to hone in on the question of contingency -- that is, why the seemingly intractable problem of racism in the United States would give way at a particular moment in history. In Facing the Rising Sun, Horne focuses on Black Nationalists who took a pro-Tokyo position during the Pacific War, a period in which Japan's revolt against the West rattled white supremacy. They forged solidarity with Japan, America's enemy, and amid the crisis over race and the very messiness of politics, the world around them changed even as they paid a high price. This work reminds us that in the cause of Black liberation, then and now, the analysis of the confluence of world and domestic affairs matters in the struggle against racism and empire.
—Yuichiro Onishi, author of, Transpacific Antiracism: Afro-Asian Solidarity in 20th-Century Black America, Japan, and Okinawa
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