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.
The distinguished Dr. Calvin Lee, President of Boston University, added a new dimension to the topic of Chinese identity on October 21, 1970 when he spoke to a group of City College students who visited Massachusetts (story in WOW, the Writing on the Wall, under Campus News-CCNY).
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 •••
In the 1960's, a movement arose in resistance to the increasingly poor conditions of national oppression faced by Third World people. Many of us remember glimpses of the civil rights movement in which black people across the country by the thousands demanded the rights long denied them. Following this, there was a nationwide movement to oppose US aggression in Southeast Asia and supporting the Vietnamese people's struggle for liberation.