May. 28th, 2009

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I've already known about Vijay Prashad's book on the Afro-asian connection, but while doing some research this morning for The Emperor's Heart, I discovered a) there's not just chinese people who share a lot of black features, but a longstanding historical population of black folks in China, and b) Kunlun Nu, a 9th century wuxia novel about a black slave who is a taoist master, badass fighter, and possibly immortal.

Also: slavery, magical negro, and helps the couple achieve true love? Uh. I have to wonder what the full social context was back then.

Still, black taoist master.

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