A look at the long history of Asian Americans and its role in shaping US identity. The essay also looks at the push-pull factors that have helped define demographic trends in the United States to present day and also covers some darker periods of American history, including the Congressional Exclusionary Act restricting immigration based on race and the Japanese American Internment during WWII. Our children should not be placed in any position where their youthful impressions may be affected by association with pupils of the Mongolian race.
Readable and engaging, and recommended to anyone interested in the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, and labor in the United States. A welcome volume. This scholarship has challenged assumptions that the South was largely excepted from national histories of immigration, and it complicates understandings of racial identity in the region.
Legendary activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs will celebrate her 99th birthday at the end of June. A leader over seven decades in the labor, civil rights, and Black Power movements, Boggs continues to write and grant interviews from her home in Detroit, Michigan. A new film, debuting later this month, tells Boggs' story from her birth in to Chinese immigrant parents, through her advocacy for tenants' and workers' rights, to her days as one of the only non-Black, female leaders in the Black Power Movement.
Asian Americans are generally not considered part of the ethnic landscape of the South because of their smaller numbers. Nevertheless, according to Stephanie Hinnershitz, they fought for civil rights in a region characterized by Jim Crow laws and a biracial legal framework based on whether one was black or white. Their concerns were related to property rights, education, and sex and marriage; their challenges brought mixed results and were often unsuccessful.
For Asian Americans for Equality, it all began in the streets of Chinatown in Moved to action by a developer who refused to hire Asian workers for the massive Confucius Plaza construction project, local activists raised their voices, staged months of protests and finally prevailed. In so doing, they created a powerful grassroots movement that has endured for four decades.
The 28th of August marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of the great turning points of the black Civil Rights Movement. I know that probably seems like an odd question. I mean, many of us, not just people of color but LGBT people, people with disabilities, women, religious minorities, and, to boot, people of all creeds and colors who wish to live in a country where there may one day be true, broad based, inclusive democracy owe an obvious debt to the the Civil Rights Movement.
Asian immigrants began to arrive on American shores in the mids. At first they were welcomed. Many also settled in California following the Gold Rush of
The Asian American movement was a sociopolitical movement in which the widespread grassroots effort of Asian Americans effected racial, social and political change in the U. S, reaching its peak in the late s to mids. During this period Asian Americans promoted antiwar and anti-imperialist activism, directly opposing what was viewed as an unjust Vietnam war.
While Americans of Asian descent had joined forces on the picket line and plantation field throughout history, their identities and struggles were mostly defined along distinct ethnic lines. But amidst the tumult of the civil rights movement, young people united their communities to forge a new identity based on their collective experiences as Asian Americans. When Janice Mirikitani was 5 years old, she cut off the blonde hair from her favorite doll and glued it to her own head, hoping it would magically transform her into a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, all-American girl.
Many of the fundamental ideas that drove the genesis of the Asian American Movement came from the Black Power Movement. Likewise, much of the legislation that has come to have the most profound effect on the history of Asians in America occurred during the Civil Movement, a time that is often associated with the struggle for black equality. But the struggle was not limited to that of African Americans.