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Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City / Edition 1
     

Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City / Edition 1

by Claire Jean Kim
 

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ISBN-10: 0300093306

ISBN-13: 9780300093308

Pub. Date: 02/20/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

Conflict between Blacks and Koreans has increased in American cities during the past two decades. In this timely book, Claire Jean Kim investigates the most prolonged episode of such conflict—the Flatbush Boycott of 1990, when Black nationalist and Haitian activists led a boycott and picketing campaign against two Korean-owned produce stores in Flatbush,

Overview

Conflict between Blacks and Koreans has increased in American cities during the past two decades. In this timely book, Claire Jean Kim investigates the most prolonged episode of such conflict—the Flatbush Boycott of 1990, when Black nationalist and Haitian activists led a boycott and picketing campaign against two Korean-owned produce stores in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Drawing on years of in-depth interviewing, Kim helps us understand why Black activists engage in such collective actions and why other parties respond as they do.

Kim rejects conventional wisdom that Black-Korean conflict constitutes racial scapegoating, the irrational venting of Black rage on Korean merchants. She argues instead that it is in response to White dominance in American society, which generates a distinct racial order that encourages conflict among different groups, provokes racial resistance, and delegitimates and silences such resistance. Kim asserts that the Flatbush Boycott was part of a larger resurgence of Black Power activism in New York City, that Haitian immigrants mobilized out of overlapping transnational and racial identities, and that Korean Americans responded by launching a countermovement seeking to restore the status quo. Racial protests are inevitable, she says, as long as conditions of racial injustice prevail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093308
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/20/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,332,779
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
A Note on Terminology xi
Exposing Racial Power
1(13)
Racial Ordering
14(39)
Black Power Resurgent
53(56)
The Red Apple Boycott
109(47)
The Korean American Response
156(32)
Manufacturing Outrage
188(33)
Conclusion: Bitter Fruit 221(4)
Timeline 225(2)
List of Interviewees 227(6)
Notes 233(28)
Bibliography 261(24)
Index 285

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