Multi-America: Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace

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Multi-America is an unprecedented, unpredictable and absolutely refreshing anthology. Ishmael Reed has brought together a rainbow collection of ethnic Americans to challenge the communications oligopolies that have dominated the discussion of race in this country. It provides perspectives from points of view that have been omitted from the discussion of race in the United States: African American, Native American, Asian American and Euro-ethnic, Italian American, Irish American, etc. These marginalized voices ...
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Overview

Multi-America is an unprecedented, unpredictable and absolutely refreshing anthology. Ishmael Reed has brought together a rainbow collection of ethnic Americans to challenge the communications oligopolies that have dominated the discussion of race in this country. It provides perspectives from points of view that have been omitted from the discussion of race in the United States: African American, Native American, Asian American and Euro-ethnic, Italian American, Irish American, etc. These marginalized voices speak out on a broad spectrum of topics: an Irish American discusses what has been lost in assimilation; an Afrocentrist responds to the one-sided depiction of Afrocentrism; Latinos discuss the violent racial conflicts between blacks and Latinos. They represent, for the first time, the authentic voice of the new Rainbow America.
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The Simpson trials, the controversy over Ebonics, and recent California legislation aimed at illegal aliens are but three examples of how America no longer lives up to the "melting pot" image, according to the author. In an assorted group of 52 essays, minority authors-Asian Americans, African Americans, Italian Americans, and Latinos-explore the polarization of American societies. Editor Reed (Airing Dirty Laundry, LJ 11/1/93) provides an introductory essay that points at media stereotyping as the reason for most of the problem. Some contributors, such as Michael E. Ross, Gerald Horne, Michael Lenoir, and Rudolfo Anaya, are not optimistic for the future of racial relations. Others, like Elaine Kim and Brenda Payton, are more hopeful for ethnic identity in America. Still others, like Martin Kilson, want different ethnic groups to work together to bring change. This is an important, even controversial book, and one to which the established Anglo leadership should pay attention. Highly recommended.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140259124
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Ishmael Reed is one of America's most renowned African-American writers. He is the author of plays, poetry and novels, including Japanese by Spring. He lives in Oakland, California.
Ishmael Reed is one of America's most renowned African-American writers. He is the author of plays, poetry and novels, including Japanese by Spring. He lives in Oakland, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
How Americans Became White: Three Examples 3
Becoming Post-White 6
Multicultural Europe: Odds, Bets, Chances 21
A Yoruba American in Germany 25
Minorities in England: A Report 31
A Nuyorican in South Africa: South African Diaries 43
"It Happens All the Time" - or Does It? 54
Catching the Rush-Hour Train - Sketches of Life in Japan 66
Now That the Iron Curtain Is Gone, Where Do We Build the Fences? 73
A Chicano in Philadelphia 85
A Chicano in Spain 93
The Colored Trickster and the Frida Painter 102
Being Mixed in America 113
Passing 116
Why Am I Still Onstage at the Cotton Club? 123
The African Heritage of Italian and Other European Americans - and All Peoples of the Earth 127
Black and Jewish Like Jesus and Me 138
Breaking the Silence 145
The Case of the Missing Italian American Writers 152
Is There a Renaissance in Italian American Literature? 160
How World War II Iced Italian American Culture 169
"Living in America": Politics and the Irish Immigrant 179
Black and Latino Relations: Context, Challenge, and Possibilities 189
Asian Americans: Decorative Gatekeepers? 205
Blacks, Browns, and Yellows at Odds 213
The Possibilities of a Radical Consciousness: African Americans and New Immigrants 218
The Interaction of the Black Mainstream Leadership and the Farrakhan Extremists 238
Black/Brown Relations: An Unnecessary Conflict 246
White Fright Over Oakland Redistricting 257
A Countryless Woman: The Early Feminista 261
Where's the Revolution? 280
Rashomon Road: On the Tao to San Diego 286
Ethnic Conflict and Harmony Between African and Asian Americans in the United States 309
Sexism in Asian America 319
Media Distortion Disorder 325
Crazy with the Heat 328
Behind the "Times" 337
An American Multicultural Response 344
Hispanics and the Media 348
All-American Girl and Images of Asians in the Media 359
Multiculturalism and the Media 366
Ethnic Derivatives: Tricksterese versus Anthropologetics 373
Guess Who's Coming to Academia? 381
Multinational, Multicultural America versus White Supremacy 391
Color at Cal 395
Black Male Perp: Interview with the Boogeyman 403
The Criminalization of Black Men 417
Fifty Years in America: Through Back Doors 425
The Border Patrol State 434
Cultural Work: Planting New Trees with New Seeds 443
Toward a Non-Racial, Non-Ethnic Society 451
Beyond Multiculturalism: Surviving the Nineties 454
One More Time 462
Biographical Notes 466
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