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.
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.
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.
This history is from a pamphlet of the grassroots organization that won redress and reparations, the National Coalition of Redress/Reparations from 1980. The NCRR continues today in Los Angeles as Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress. Some misspellings and layout issues were corrected. - ed.
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.