Japanese Americans

Los Angeles Asian American Movement Retrospective

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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.

Early History of A.A.A.: Birth of A Movement in New York City

 
From N.Y. Asian Coalition Newsletter vol. 1 no. 2 Sept ’72 (misspellings as in original text)
 
Asian Americans for Action was born on a park bench during lunch hours of two Nisei women, close friends of a long standing who shared common interests and beliefs. And as they munched on homemade sandwiches, relaxing in the sunlight amid the rustle of leaves, they talked of many things and chief among them were the war in Southeast Asia (they were early protestors), the Black movement, and the campus uprisings.

Gambare!

The sting of evacuation 
pierces the cozy unity 
of the Terminal Island community. 
48 hours 
to pack 48 years 
of life. 
Fathers first!
 
"To take care 
of her husband's affair 
was just too overwhelming... 
so she just sat down and cried."
 
Cry, Terminal Island woman, c

J-As Campaign for Postage Stamp Commemoration of Nisei WWII Soldiers

by Terri Oshiro

Campaign founder, Aiko King had been campaigning on her own for a Nissei WWII commemorative stamp for five years before being joined by other individual volunteers over the last few years. It hasn't been until 2007, however, that this volunteer drive has gathered enough steam to be a full-fledged campaign.

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