The Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles is currently holding an exhibit on its local Asian American Movement, 1968-80s. The Huffington Post has an excerpt of some of the photos and posters. The local movement was very active, anchored particularly within the large Japanese American community. The local movement also had a very vibrant media component so many of the images are very striking. The exhibit will run through June 11th.
This is a republication of a pamphlet about an issue in San Francisco Chinatown in the early 1970s. It was an early rallying point for the Asian American Movement about the progressive newsvendor Harry Wong. The reposting is 'as is' with the typos.
"A Song for Ourselves" (2009) by Tad Nakamura portrays the inspiring and poignant life of Chris Iijima. Iijima was a member of Yellow Pearl (along with Joanne Miyamoto and later Charlie Chin), a folk group that were troubadours for the early Asian American Movement. The group was based in New York and were particularly important for East Coast activists, who saw so few Asian American bands. Much of the poignancy of the film came from Chris' premature passing due to a rare disease and a defiant last interview even as he faced mortality.
In Chains of Babylon by Daryl Maeda looks at the history of the Asian American Movement, focusing on the creation of the Asian America identity. Chains see this evolution in relation to the dominant white culture and the emerging Black power movement. This identity was further developed by its solidarity with other oppressed groups globally, most notably with the Vietnamese then fighting a war for liberation against U.S. forces and their South Vietnamese allies.
A major East Coast Asian American conference in December, 1970
(Text of the back of flyer)
America see its Asian population as being exotic representatives of the quiet, hard-working, diligent, Asian countries we studied in our elementary school class. We have no crime, no unemployment, no broken families, no social problems. We go through school and become businessmen, physicists, chemists, doctors, and engineers. In short, all is milk and honey. But we know better...
Flyer Distributed in Washington D.C. April 1971 Anti-War March as formatted in original flyer
Asian Sisters and Brothers Unite! against the imperialist policies of the U.S. govt. which are oppressing our people everywhere The same tactics used by Nixon to exploit our sisters and brothers in Asia are used against Asian and Third World people in this country:
UCLA Asian American Studies Center announces the publication of "Asian Americans: the Movement and the Moment": a 350 page illustrated, oversized book that includes contributions from 25 writers and 50 artists (450 archival images).