By George Novack
Marxism is dialectical, Novack explains. It considers all phenomena of their improvement, of their transition from one country to a different. And it's materialist, explaining the area as subject in movement that exists sooner than and independently of human recognition.
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Barnum’s freak shows. ”42 Fanon explains that “below this corporeal schema I had sketched a historico-racial schema . . woven . . ” Below the Chinaman’s imagined corporeal space, written on the body, lay the multitudes of details, anecdotes, and stories made legible by various representations (visual, literary, and legal) of the Chinese in America. Thus this fictive image becomes the repository for a range of cultural representations that have solidified into the stereotype of the Chinaman. The specter of the Chinaman “of the ordinary laundry type” in Chesnutt’s text represents an everyday figure, something common, nothing special.
16 The first of the Chinese Exclusion Acts was passed by Congress in 1882 and held the dubious honor of being the very first racebased immigration act in the United States. The act prohibited Chinese laborers from entering the United States and explicitly denied naturalized citizenship to those Chinese who were already residing there. ” Rather than seizing this opening to dislodge the black/white binary, he attempts to resolve the problem of the color line by redrawing it as one between citizens and noncitizens of the United States.
1630, 33 Stat. 428. , Entry Denied: Exclusion and the Chinese Community in America, 1882–1943 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991); Lucy Salyer, Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995); Shirley Hune, “Politics of Chinese Exclusion: Legislative-Executive Conflict 1876–1882,” Amerasia 9:1 (1982): 5–27. 17. The passage of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act has usually signaled the beginning of the “official” era of Chinese exclusion.