The East Asia Program and Graduate Student Steering Committee warmly welcomes East Asia Diverse Knowledge Fellow, Zifeng Liu to share a selection from his current research in progress. Zifeng Liu, is a Ph.D. candidate.
This presentation examines Shirley Graham Du Bois’s engagement with China in the long 1960s. It explores how she cautiously navigated the rapids of the unfolding Sino-Soviet split and sought to manipulate antagonistic geopolitical forces to aid global decolonial efforts. This presentation also argues that, through multilateral transnational practices of quotation, translation, exchange, and distribution, her own publications and China’s state-controlled mouthpieces fostered for her Black left feminist discourse a broad reading public that transgressed nation-states’ boundaries and created followers, who (re)interpreted and (re)activated her messages of Afro-Chinese solidarity.
Zifeng Liu is an intellectual historian of the 20th-century Africana world with specializations in Black internationalism, anti-colonial thought, and Afro-Asian solidarity. His current project "Redrawing the Balance of Power: Black Left Feminists, Mao’s China, and the Making of an Afro-Asian Political Imaginary" explores how Black leftist women’s understandings of race, class, gender, sexuality and empire evolved as they sought Afro-Chinese solidarity within often difficult geopolitical contexts.