The Asian American Century: A Brief Historiography of Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the Creation of Modern Asian America in the 20th Century – Part 4

Part 4 of 5 (10 min read time) Written by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] CASH RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME (CREAM), DOLLAR DOLLAR BILLS Y’ALL The same year that Pinochet and his Chicago gang were pulling off their miraculous heist in Chile, the world was hit by an oil crisis⁸¹.  Or rather, the imperialist nations…

The Asian American Century: A Brief Historiography of Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the Creation of Modern Asian America in the 20th Century – Part 3

Part 3 of 5 (7 min read time) Written by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] THE END OF THE GOLDEN AGE In 1973, the CIA helped General Augusto Pinochet violently overthrow the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende⁵⁶.  With the IMF, that loan shark pillar of the Anglo-American Order, they piloted a policy program known…

The Asian American Century: A Brief Historiography of Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the Creation of Modern Asian America in the 20th Century – Part 2

Part 2 of 5 (8 min read time) Written by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] THEN THEY CAME FOR EVERYONE ELSE… Immediately following World War 2, our Vietnamese brethren kicked out the French imperialists and their British collaborators in the First Indochina War²¹ (1946-1954), with the aid of Chinese forces sent by Mao.  In 1955, just…

The Asian American Century: A Brief Historiography of Imperialism, Neoliberalism, and the Creation of Modern Asian America in the 20th Century – Part 1

Part 1 of 5 (6 min read time) Written by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] “What, fundamentally, is colonization?  …The decisive actors here are the pirate, the wholesale grocer and the ship owner, the gold digger and the merchant, appetite and force, and behind them, the baleful projected shadow of a form of civilization which,…

As An Asian American Man

(7 min read) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur ProAsian Voice launched the #AsianLove campaign to normalize Asians loving ourselves and each other on an international stage. Its success shows that internalized racism is going out of style. But as we make progress, those who resist it start feeling anxious. I heard today that Celeste Ng, who said…

To All the (Asian) Boys I’ve Loved Before: #AsianLove, and Why Representation Matters

(14 min read) When I was in my teens, one of my favorite films to watch was The Forbidden Kingdom, a Chinese-American film produced in 2008. Starring Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Collin Chou, Liu Yifei, and Li Bingbing, it was a film seemingly gift-wrapped for me. It featured two of my favorite actors—Jackie Chan and…

Happy Birthday, America!

(15 min read) By Albert Hur Today, on this most auspicious of days, families will come together all across the country to celebrate Independence Day. In backyards and rooftops and patios everywhere, friends and lovers will gather around a grill, throw on patties or spare ribs or kalbi, and celebrate with fireworks the day that…

White Sexual Imperialism

(12 min read) What is white sexual imperialism? What does it have to do with Asian women, and what does it have to with Asian men? This is a weighty and sensitive topic, but it is critical to discuss with proper context. This concept developed from the imperialistic nature of the Western political, military, and…