Why an Asian American Reality Conference?

from the NY student publication Harmony 1970

America sees its Asian population as being the exotic representative of the quiet, hardworking, diligent Asian countries we studied in elementary school. We have no crime, no unemployment, no broken families, no social problems. We'll go through school and become businessmen, physicists, chemists, doctors and engineers. In short,all is milk and honey. But the reality is different ••• 

Early History of A.A.A.: Birth of A Movement in New York City

 
From N.Y. Asian Coalition Newsletter vol. 1 no. 2 Sept ’72 (misspellings as in original text)
 
Asian Americans for Action was born on a park bench during lunch hours of two Nisei women, close friends of a long standing who shared common interests and beliefs. And as they munched on homemade sandwiches, relaxing in the sunlight amid the rustle of leaves, they talked of many things and chief among them were the war in Southeast Asia (they were early protestors), the Black movement, and the campus uprisings.

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