Glenn Omatsu was active in the Asian American Movement, particularly around the struggle to save the Japanese American community in San Francisco. Later, he became an academic who taught and wrote perceptively about that period. He also encouraged students to become active in current issues. His best known work was "The 'Four Prisons' and the Movements of Liberation" that summarized the changes in the Movement from 1960 to 1990. Congratulations to Glenn.
On December 21st, the American military announced that the Army had charged eight soldiers in Private Danny Chen’s battalion in connection with Private Chen’s death. The soldiers were based at Combat Outpost Palace in Kandahar province. Chen was found dead by a gunshot wound on Oct. 3rd.
The only child of Chinese immigrants, Chen grew up in Chinatown and graduated in 2010 from Manhattan’s Pace University High School. He hoped to join the NYPD after the Army. He joined the army because of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Under a more up-to-date poverty measure, called the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), the Census estimate for the Asian American population jumps from 12.1 under the current measure to 16.7 percent. This change is three times the effect for other racial groups. The poverty rate for the total population is 15.2 percent under the current measure and 16 percent under SPM.
Asian American grassroots groups in the Bay Area are joining in the denunciation of the police attacks on OccupyOakland protestors and supporting the Occupy movement.
They have joined a multi-racial group called Bay99 to strategize ways of incorporating support into their work in their community organizations and unions. Working groups formed to support the infrastructure of the encampments, to plan parallel actions that bring the work in low-income and communities of color forward, and to build unity among our groups.
Hundreds of people have occupied a park near Wall St. Occupation for two weeks. Protesters hope to bring some "Arab Spring" spirit to the U.S. and counteract the Tea Party and right-wing trend in the U.S. Occupy Wall Street has sparked over fifty efforts in other cities that include occupations and marches (most are listed in occupytogether.
Soon to be Republican Congressman Mark Amodei of Nevada has used his new national platform to invoke fear and loathing toward China. It features among other things, the Chinese Army marching in front of the White House.
The Asian American Action Fund and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) have denounced the ad calling it "xenophobic," "racially charged" and "sinister." They asked him to take down the ad.
This is a continuation of the "Red Scare" tactics about China used by BOTH Republicans and Democrats during the past mid-term elections.
On May 26th, some US lawmakers launched a drive Thursday for Congress to make an official statement of regret for the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which was the first law that banned immigration based on race.
California Senator Leland Yee has initiated a boycott of Rush Limbaugh's advertisers. Rush Limbaugh not surprisingly indulged in a racist imitation of the Chinese language - you know, literally "Ching chong, etc." during Hu Jin-tiao's visit to the U.S.