Uncertain Way

I very much look forward to this Summer for two reasons: a) I am going to visit Moscow for preliminary archival works; b) I will have a good deal of time to produce a mini-prospectus. In order to write a good piece, different dimensions must be considered. No one would disagree with that one of these aspects is the contents of a dissertation.

I wonder how I could frame my contents because there is a concrete lack of primary sources for certain topics. I really don’t know at this point. However, I am thinking of dividing them into two big chunks; each deal with 1945-1953 and 1954-1961. In addition, I am not totally sure what kinds of research questions and topics I could raise for those parts.

That hitherto overlooked topics should be introduced to the English-language academia does not necessarily mean I have proper primary sources. Fortunately, since last September, I have been able to garner some primary sources that were kept in the US. The prospective is not bright, but I am sure that such places as Russia, China, Germany, Australia, and by extension, North Korea, would surely facilitate my research. For better or for worse, I am going forward, and only forward.

From Sean Malloy’s

“[W]e saying that theory’s cool,” proclaimed Illinois BPP chairman Fred Hampton in 1969, “but theory with no practice ain’t shit.” (3)

For all their weaknesses and failings, the Panthers offered a challenge to capitalism and white supremacy that directly confronted American liberals’ complicity in both of those oppressive forces as well as the violence that undergirded daily life for people of color in the United States and around the world. Central to this analysis, and crucial to the party’s growth and endurance, was an approach that was fundamentally international both in its critique and its connections. While often criticized for being divisive, the BPP was at the forefront of a movement among those seeking to link people of color in the United States, antiracist white allies at home and in Europe, and governments and movements in the Third World. Though messy and flawed in practice, the Panthers’ coalition-building efforts were far more ambitious and inclusive then [sic] those of contemporary movements that either confined their ambitions within the borders of United States or insisted that class and race were somehow mutually exclusive categories in organizing for revolution. (15-6)

Out of Oakland follows the injunction of former BPP and BLA member Nuh Washington, who declared from behind bars, “Our history, the good and the bad, must be analyzed and summarized for other revolutionaries. . . . Let us learn from our mistakes and not feel ashamed. After all, we did a lot, knowing little. (17)

Out of Oakland: Black Panther Party Internationalism During the Cold War (2017)







Если жизнь тебя обманет,
Не печалься, не сердись!
В день уныния смирись:
День веселья, верь, настанет.

Сердце в будущем живет;
Настоящее уныло:
Все мгновенно, все пройдет;
Что пройдет, то будет мило.


Jolly Memories from Tomsk

From the late February to late May 2017, I took a Russian language course in the city of Tomsk, located in the middle of Siberia, where full of beauty, wonder and snow. I want to share with you a few great moments I had there. The following pictures were taken in Mar 8, the International Women’s Day.

I love Los Angeles, but my heart still lies in Russia.

A fallen soldier guards the park.
Dear Alexander Pushkin.
Dear Anton Chekhov.
Tom River and a lovely family.
The square.
Where does he point at? Toward hope? We don’t know yet.

Nov 1, 2017

What Prof. Duncan said during today’s seminar struck a deep chord with me.

“What we write is provisional.”

Then he emphasized to think of one’s positionality, to be constantly self-reflective. I attempt to juxtapose my favorite open with what he said. A quote from Jodi Dean.

“Writing is solitary. Thinking is collective.”

And one more from Karl Marx.

“… the point, however, is to change it.”

Romain Rolland, 15 Aug 1917

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Ромен Роллан

Grand Hotel Chateau Bellevue, Sierre, Switzerland

Русская революция подавлена союзниками. Большевики затравлены. Смертная казнь в армии восстановлена. Несчастный Керенский играет роль марионетки-Дантона в руках Англии и президента Вильсона. Демократические государства Запада отказываются давать паспорта своим социалистам, желающим поехать в Стокгольм, и душат свободу во имя свободы. Убитая Европа встала на путь к разверстой могиле.

러시아혁명은 연합군에 의해 끝났다. 볼셰비키들은 박해 받았다. 군대 내부에 사형제도가 복원되었다. 불운한 케렌스키는 영국과 윌슨 대통령의 손에 놀아나는 당통의 인형이나 다름 없었다. 서방의 민주국가들은 스톡홀름으로 가려고 하는 사회주의자들에게 여권 발급을 거부했고, 자유의 이름으로 자유를 억압했다. 사망한 유럽은 무덤으로의 길에 들어섰다.

Do you believe in destiny?

Людвиг. Мой вопрос следующий: Вы неоднократно подвергались риску и опасности, Вас преследовали. Вы участвовали в боях. Ряд Ваших близких друзей погиб. Вы остались в живых. Чем Вы это объясняете? И верите ли Вы в судьбу?

Сталин. Нет, не верю. Большевики, марксисты в “судьбу” не верят. Само понятие судьбы, понятие “шикзаля” – предрассудок, ерунда, пережиток мифологии, вроде мифологии древних греков, у которых богиня судьбы направляла судьбы людей.


Сталин И.В. Беседа с немецким писателем Эмилем Людвигом 13 декабря 1931 г.

Источник: Сталин И.В. Cочинения. – Т. 13. – М.: Государственное издательство политической литературы, 1951. С. 104–123.

Примечания 26–30: Там же. С. 387–388.

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