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Selina Lai-Henderson
School of Modern Languages and Cultures, HKU "Riddle of the Universe:" Rethinking Race, Gender, and Transnationalism through W.E.B. Du Bois's Encounters in China


30 March 2017

4:30 p.m.
4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus



Over the course of his lifetime, the important American intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois has long been recognized as the founder of the Civil Rights Movement and father of the black race in the United States, but his influence and legacy extended far beyond those national borders. In forging Pan-African and Pan-Asian alliances throughout his career, he consistently asserted the importance of "full manhood" in challenging global white hegemony. What did manhood mean to Du Bois in relation to the question of race? Did his view of manhood change as he moved across different geo-political, cultural, and historical spaces? Through examining his sojourns to China in 1936 amidst rising Sino-Japanese tension and in 1959 at the height of the Great Chinese Famine, the talk interrogates the ways in which Du Bois sought transracial solidarity with the Chinese as he positioned his black male identity as an agent of change in international politics.


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