Focus of the Azine Website

 Because of limited resources, the Azine website will focus primarily on posting historical documentation of Asian American activism, particularly from the Asian American Movement. Contributors may occasionally post more contemporary articles. If we are able to develop capacity in the future, we will expand our focus. Thanks for your support

NCRR Publishes Book on Four Decades of Activism

This is an abridged press release from the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

The Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC) invite the community to celebrate the publication of the book, “NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations.” Edited by the NCRR Editorial Team, led by Lane Hirabayashi, UCLA Emeritus Professor and published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Press.

Unity Archive Project: the 70s and 80s

Another new resource from this period of the Asian American Movement covers the work of the League of Revolutionary Struggle (LRS). The LRS was a multi-racial organization that included large numbers of Asian American, Latino and African American organizers and in leadership. Consequently, their public presence includes numerous media that cover communities of color.

East Wind Magazine Rises!

First cover of East Wind

East Wind Magazine, a premier print publication of the 1980s Asian American Movement, has been reborn. A product of a period of the flowering of new Asian American publications, East Wind returns as an on-line publication. Alongside Gidra in Los Angeles and numerous community newspapers published Asian American groups, East Wind distinguished itself with its high standards, broad content, and attractive layouts.

Los Angeles Asian American Movement Retrospective

Exhibit Banner Image

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.

Letter from the Closing of New York's I Wor Kuen Storefront

I Wor Kuen, a revolutionary Asian American organization, helped initiate the Asian American Movement on the East Coast. One of its signal acts was the opening of a storefront at the corner of Market and Henry Streets in New York Chinatown in 1970. As one center of activity for the new movement, it attracted radical and revolutionary activists from across the east. As I Wor Kuen, the organization, grew and its scope of activities expanded, it decided to close its founding storefront. The following is the community letter reviewing its early history and explaining the closing.  

Statement on Affirmative Action and Harvard/UNC Lawsuits

AARW and API Movement-Boston came together to express our disappointment in the recent lawsuit against Harvard and UNC regarding Asian American students and Affirmative Action. 

As Asian Americans, we speak out against the suit filed by Students for Fair Admissions against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina and its implied attack on affirmative action. We believe that Asian Americans have benefitted and do benefit from affirmative action programs and should support them for the reasons below:

Cal State Northridge to Rename Asian House to Glenn Omatsu House

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.