Is there a new scramble for Africa involving China, Japan, and India in competition with each other and with the Western world? In the second half of the twentieth century, Mao's China and Jawaharlal Nehru's India were political players in Africa, while Japan limited itself to trade and investment in Africa. Africa and Asia have historically been allies against Western exploitation and have also been rivals as producers of raw materials. India and West Asia have led the way in the soft power of culture and religion in Africa while Japan and China have engaged in the harder disciplines of the economy and the construction of infrastructure. This book explores the historical and unfolding dynamic interactions among China, India, Japan, and Africa and their ramifications.
Ali A. Mazrui is Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities at the State University of New York in Binghamton, New York. He has been officially received by the heads of state of India and China and has served as chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Dr. Mazrui has also served as president of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America. His research interests include the soft power of culture and religion in the Middle East and South Asia and the years of ideological power in Mao's China. Seifudein Adem is associate professor of political science at the State University of New York in Binghamton, New York. He has taught at universities in Ethiopia, Japan, and the United States. Dr. Adem has published widely on the political economy of Africa-China relations and Africa-Japan relations.
Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction: Toward Afro-Asian Strategies for Containing Globalization ALI A. MAZRUI SECTION I HISTORICAL OVERVIEW 1 Africa and Asia in the Postcolonial Era ALI A. MAZRUI 2 The Baganda and the Japanese ALI A. MAZRUI 3 The Lion of Judah and the Dragon SEIFUDEIN ADEM SECTION II RACE, RELIGION AND DIPLOMACY 4 The Yellow Man's Burden: Race and Revolution in Sino-African Relations ALI A. MAZRUI 5 Changing the Guards from Hindus to Muslims ALI A. MAZRUI 6 Africa in Japanese Diplomatic Thought SEIFUDEIN ADEM 7 Diplomacy and Economics of Sino-Optimism in Ethiopia SEIFUDEIN ADEM SECTION III NATIONALISM, DECOLONIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT 8 John Locke and Mahatma Gandhi in African Resistance ALI A. MAZRUI 9 Gandhi, Marx and the Warrior Tradition: Towards Androgynous Liberation ALI A. MAZRUI 10 Comparative Culture and Development: The Case of Japan SEIFUDEIN ADEM SECTION IV BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE 11 Islam at War and Communism in Retreat: What is the Connection? ALI A. MAZRUI 12 Japan and the Iraq War SEIFUDEIN ADEM 13 Conflict Resolution in Japan SEIFUDEIN ADEM SECTION V MIGRATION AND DIASPORIZATION 14 Africa and India as Mothers of Diasporas ALI A. MAZRUI 15 Comparative Diasporas in Japan and the United States SEIFUDEIN ADEM 16 Afro-Optimism from Mahatma Gandhi to Barack Obama ALI A. MAZRUI SECTION VI ROLE MODELS IN THE ERA OF GLOBALIZATION 17 Africa between Meiji Restoration and Legacy of Ataturk ALI A. MAZRUI 18 Is Japan's Cultural Experience Relevant for Africa's Development? SEIFUDEIN ADEM 19 Japan in Africa SEIFUDEIN ADEM 20 The Arab Spring and Female Empowerment ALI A. MAZRUI 21 Conclusion: Toward Sociology of Discourse on Sino-African Relations SEIFUDEIN ADEM SECTION VII APPENDICES Appendix One. God's Omnipotence and Human Genius: From the Afro-Asian Tsunami to Shakespeare's Tempest ALI A. MAZRUI Appendix Two. From Osagyefo Nkrumah to Nana Obama: Between the Post-Colonial and the Post-Racial ALI A. MAZRUI