Discussion Papers

No.575 The Framing Discourses of 'Honorary White' in the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Japan

by MAKINO Kumiko

March 2016


International and transnational solidarity is being increasingly recognized as an indispensable part in the recent historiography on the liberation struggle in Southern Africa. Yet the literature has mostly focused on anti-apartheid movements in the West, and anti-apartheid movements in Asia have attracted little attention. Focusing on the Japanese citizens’ movement (shimin undo) against apartheid, which loosely coalesced into the Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee (JAAC), this paper looks into how the issue of ‘honorary white’ was brought into the early period of the anti-apartheid movement in Japan, and how the framing discourses of the movement was developed around the issue.

Keywords: anti-apartheid, honorary white, international solidarity, Japan, South Africa
JEL classification: F50

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