Asian Americans United Begin Posting Oral Histories

Asian Americans United, which began in the 1985 in Philadelphia, has begun posting oral histories of its members. They included histories from founders Debbie Wei, Paul Uyehara and Mary Yee. The organization has been involved in significant redevelopment issues around Chinatown as well as educational and youth issues. AAU succeeded Yellow Seeds whose history and archives are posted on this site.

The oral histories can be accessed here.

"A high moral enterprise": Philadelphian Ed Nakawatase reflects on SNCC and 50 years of progress

by Helen Gym

It’s not often we have a chance to celebrate the amazing lives of extraordinary Philadelphians, but the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was just too good of an opportunity not to let folks know about Philly’s own Ed Nakawatase.

Review: Chains of Babylon

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.

NCRR Releases Archives of Japanese American Activism

Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) have begun releasing on-line extensive documentation of their history of grass-roots organizing in the Japanese American community. In the documentation are primary documents, photos, videos, and summaries of campaigns. There is a special collection on the NCRR role in the successful campaign to win the U.S. government’s apology and compensation i.e.

A New History: The Snake Dance of Asian American Activism: Community, Vision, and Power


A new history of Asian American activism reinterprets the Asian American movement (AAM). Michael Liu, Kim Geron, and Tracy Lai describe the AAM's dramatic impact on the direction of Asian American political and social activity beginning in the 1960s, particularly in terms of neighborhood redevelopment, civil rights, international solidarity, and the Jesse Jackson presidential campaigns.


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