"Asian American Activism" for Kundiman's Action Calendar

"Asian American Activism" for Kundiman's Action Calendar

Let’s consider the term “Asian American” as a poetic act: a new term reshaping the world by naming. It’s only a fifty-year-old idea—before then we were “Orientals.” The anti-war, Black Power, feminist, and Marxist movements of the day inspired students in the Bay Area to take up the new term “Asian American” both to mark their political awakening and to form a coalition across race and nationality.

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