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Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City Paperback – February 8, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0300093308 ISBN-10: 0300093306

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (February 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300093306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300093308
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sets an incisive new pattern for our understanding of class in multiracial politics." Micaela di Leonardo, Nation

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Conflict between Blacks and Koreans has increased in American cities during the past two decades. In this timely book, Claire Jean Kim investigates the most prolonged episode of such conflict-the Flatbush Boycott of 1990, when Black nationalist and Haitian activists led a boycott and picketing campaign against two Korean-owned produce stores in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Drawing on years of in-depth interviewing, Kim helps us understand why Black activists engage in such collective actions and why other parties respond as they do.Kim rejects conventional wisdom that Black-Korean conflict constitutes racial scapegoating, the irrational venting of Black rage on Korean merchants. She argues instead that it is in response to White dominance in American society, which generates a distinct racial order that encourages conflict among different groups, provokes racial resistance, and delegitimates and silences such resistance. Kim asserts that the Flatbush Boycott was part of a larger resurgence of Black Power activism in New York City, that Haitian immigrants mobilized out of overlapping transnational and racial identities, and that Korean Americans responded by launching a countermovement seeking to restore the status quo. Racial protests are inevitable, she says, as long as conditions of racial injustice prevail. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malcom X on October 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black Korean Conflict, is painstakingly researched. Claire Jean Kim eschews bias and received ideas of racial identity in the United States. Her prose is clear as a bell. Her analysis offers keen insight into political discourse, the role of the media, and identity politics in the United States. A step forward in the struggle to achieve clear thinking on issues of racial justice in the United States.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Findley on November 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have read some of the theories surrounding post-colonialism, identity and the like, but this book stuck me as something different. Claire Kim refuses to be draw into the binary mode of thinking surrounding identity (specifically racial identity) whilst clearing a path with her clearly defined view of racial conflict in America as part of of a wider culture and psychological war in modern society. For many Korean immigrants to go to America to fullfill their 'dream' this experience of race, identity and politics is a new cultural experience. However, maintaining the status-quo is easier than rocking-the-boat - thus the conflict begins with the other cultural groups contesting the space for their 'dream'. Her style is open and concise, which makes this a great book for those who don't know anything about identity and culture. In summary, I am very pleased with this book which I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in the source of these news stories from the 1990's in America. I would especially recommend this book for Korean-American's as well.
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