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.


  1. caroline
    December 10, 2008 at 12:30 am | #1

    hi professor nopper, i hope to use one of your writings (either the blog entry on illusion of afro-asian solidarity or the article you linked about the LA riots) for my AAS paper on the potential and limitations of afro-asian solidarity. i’m trying to look at examples of the past as well as explore the possibilities of the present and future, but maybe i’m trying to discuss too much for a 10-paged double-spaced paper. i just wanna let you know that.

  2. Sarah Berman
    May 13, 2009 at 3:31 am | #2

    Hi Dr. Nopper,

    Your lecture today in Darrick’s class was profound and meaningful. Thank you so much for sharing some of your wisdom. I really enjoy your manner of lecturing and find it to be quite engaging. I’ve just read more of your work and am in awe… You seriously rock! (Although, what’s your problem with dogs?!)

    Thanks again!
    Sarah B

  3. Lincoln Swan
    June 23, 2009 at 2:48 am | #3

    I think you’re a terrible racist. Nobody should have to apologize for their ethnicity, nor feel shame, nor defend. What started as racism can now be more correctly defined as classism. The rich, formerly exclusively white, elites love to see division between races, because it keeps us weak and distracted from the real eneemy. Maybe instead of obsessing on ethnic identity (which you obviously have tremendous issues with) and attacking people who are attempting to foster unity, you should attack the people and concepts that are actively hurting people who need help. Chinese, Korean, Indian, Slavic, Germanic, any of the myriad of indigenous tribes all around the world… all have elements that exploitative, racist, stratifying; all have elements that are beautiful and unique.

    Face it: Your negativity is just adding to the problem.

  4. winter
    April 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm | #4

    wow. lincoln swan certainly missed the point.

  5. July 16, 2010 at 12:51 am | #5

    Hi Professor Nopper,
    I liked your article on the “reverse yellow-fever”. It calls to mind a blog you may be interested in, the Grand Narrative (http://thegrandnarrative.com/), the author of which takes an anthropological/sociological perspective on topics including Korean women’s sexuality as portrayed in Korea. See also Scribblings of the Metropolitician.

    I’d like a copy of your thesis, if easily available.

    Matthew Benuska

  6. October 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm | #6

    Great Blog, Dr. Nopper. Keep putting in work!

    Asad (http://unitedblackamerica.com)

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