About the blog & author
About the blog:
This blog is home to the research, writing, and politics of Tamara K. Nopper. The blog is preoccupied with how politics and power inform the global organization of social, political, economic, and cultural life, lived experiences, and political appeals.
About the name of the blog:
The name of the blog derives from the Afro-Asian Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955. An effort to challenge the hegemony of the east-west conflict between the U.S. and Russia, the Afro-Asian Conference spoke to the reality of third world countries navigating global geopolitics in the wake of decolonization movements and the emergence of the Cold War. However, as noted in the essay on this site, “The illusion of Afro-Asian solidarity?: situating the 1955 Bandung Conference” the historic gathering was informed by infiltration and asymmetrical racial power between its continental participants. As such, the title of the blog refers both to the dream of third world and Black-Asian unity as it does to the reality of geopolitics, biopolitics, and asymmetry materially embedded in desires for coalition. In other words, this blog explores political ideologies, desires, and activities of both those in power and below, as well as the realpolitick informing these dynamics.
About the author:
An educator, researcher, writer, and Ph.D. in sociology, Tamara K. Nopper’s writing and teaching focuses on racism, immigration, economics, citizenship, Asian American communities, Black-Asian relations, and minority and immigrant business. Her work has been published in different academic journals and anthologies as well as in popular media outlets, including magazines, newsletters, on-line publications, and blogs. Nopper has worked in activism addressing Asian American community development, immigrant rights, and counter-military recruitment. She has also organized many public sociology events dealing with Black-Asian relations, state violence, militarization, and Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Nopper currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. She is “on the market,” i.e., working towards a full-time tenure track position in either sociology or Asian American studies.
She may be reached at tnopper (at) yahoo.com.