What if anti-Asian violence is not reducible to “hate,” and is in fact a persistent, unexceptional presence in the long historical, Civilizational terror-making machine that is the United States?
Blame, violence, gendered work & eviscerating geographies of knowledge production render Paul Siu’s devastating ethnography prescient for understanding the hate against Asians today, depicting a painful portrait of marginalization that reveals solidarities both possible & necessary.
In Lagos, alternative channels exist to restructure and reconfigure economic, social and technological infrastructures of the city. In Nairobi, the nostalgic framing of a city that should be made ‘great again’, with its standard repertoire of homogenizing spatial products, confronts the ordinary orderliness that has mushroomed over the years. In Johannesburg, the act of surviving another day requires the incredible manoeuvring of space to overcome challenging circumstance, bringing into sharp relief the fact that space is life and death.
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