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         Black Jade Journal    

   Revealing new chapters in the African Diaspora                                                  

Welcome to Black Jade Journal.  An on-line Afrocentric journal dedicated to the study of African peoples in ancient and modern Asia.  The history of Blacks in Asia is a fascinating saga which spans a period of 50,000 years. This journal provides scholarly research backed by solid documentation. It seeks to bring to the public a forgotten chapter of world history.  As you will see, the African presence in Asia played a pivotal role in the making of Asian cultural traditions.  It is my hope this site will educate the public about a relatively unknown chapter in man's history.

                                                                                                                         14th century painting of a Black nobleman entering China during the Tang dynasty (618 - 907 AD).14th century painting of a Black nobleman entering China during the Tang dynasty (618 - 907 AD).

Did you know? - When the book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" was published in Tokyo it leaped to the No. 1 spot on the bestseller list in less than three weeks.  Malcolm X became such a popular figure in Japan that a street in Tokyo was renamed "Malcolm X Boulevard".

                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                          Black Mongolian horse trainer. Central Asia. 1400 AD.Black Mongolian horse trainer. Central Asia. 1400 AD.

Did you know? - When W. E. B. DuBois visited China in 1959, Chou Enlai (the Prime Minister of China) declared W. E. B. DuBois' birthday a national holiday in China.

 

                                                                                                                         Tokyo Classified, the no. 1 English magazine in Tokyo, Japan featured a front page article stating the first Shogun of Japan was a black man.Tokyo Classified, the no. 1 English magazine in Tokyo, Japan featured a front page article stating the first Shogun of Japan was a black man.Did you know? - When the African Americans started the Black Panther Party in 1966, it inspired the Australian Aborigines. The Aborigines actually established their own Australian Black Panther Party on January 8, 1972.

 

                                                                                                                  Virupa, the black Indian Lord of Yoga. 9th century.Virupa, the black Indian Lord of Yoga. 9th century.

 

                                                                                                                                   

              Blacks in Asia: India &                     Philippines  

                                Siddi girl in India. (Photo courtesy of kamat.org)Siddi girl in India. (Photo courtesy of kamat.org)

 

 

                                     Ati woman in the Philippines.Ati woman in the Philippines.

         Blacks in Asia: Cambodia                       & Yemen

                                       Khmer woman in Cambodia. (Photo courtesy of Runoko Rashidi)Khmer woman in Cambodia. (Photo courtesy of Runoko Rashidi)

 

 

 

                                        Black man in Yemen.Black man in Yemen.

                                         

 

         Blacks in Asia: Malaysia                      &  India

                                         Moken children in Malaysia.Moken children in Malaysia.

 

 

                                       Siddi girl in India. (Photo courtesy of kamat.org)Siddi girl in India. (Photo courtesy of kamat.org)