Contemporary Asian American Activism
Building Movements for Liberation
- PUBLISHED: April 2022
- SUBJECT LISTING: Asian American Studies, Politics
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 336 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 17 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780295749808
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
In the struggles for prison abolition, global anti-imperialism, immigrant rights, affordable housing, environmental justice, fair labor, and more, twenty-first-century Asian American activists are speaking out and standing up to systems of oppression. Creating emancipatory futures requires collective action and reciprocal relationships that are nurtured over time and forged through cross-racial solidarity and intergenerational connections, leading to a range of on-the-ground experiences. Bringing together grassroots organizers and scholar-activists, Contemporary Asian American Activism presents lived experiences of the fight for transformative justice and offers lessons to ensure the longevity and sustainability of organizing. In the face of imperialism, white supremacy, racial capitalism, heteropatriarchy, ableism, and more, the contributors celebrate victories and assess failures, reflect on the trials of activist life, critically examine long-term movement building, and inspire continued mobilization for coming generations.
Authors & Contributors
Diane C. Fujino is professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is professor and chair of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Building an Archive of Asian American Organizing Praxis Robyn Magalit Rodriguez and Diane C. Fujino PART 1: INCARCERATIONS, DISPLACEMENTS, AND TRANSFORMATIONS Chapter 1 Prison-to-Leadership Pipeline: Asian American Prisoner Activism Eddy Zheng Chapter 2 Ho'opono Mamo and Restorative Practices: Reflections on Scholar Activism in Juvenile Justice Systems Change Karen Umemoto Chapter 3 The Streets of SoMa: Building Community amid Displacement in San Francisco Angelica Cabande, with Katherine Nasol PART 2: INTERNATIONALISM AND LOCAL STRUGGLES Chapter 4 Dismantling the "Undocumented Korean Box": Race, Education, and Undocumented Korean Immigrant Activism for Liberation Ga Young Chung Chapter 5 Drivers on the Front Lines: The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Neoliberalism, and Global Pandemic—An Interview with Javaid Tariq Diane C. Fujino Chapter 6 BAYAN USA: Filipino Transnational Radical Activism in the United States in the Twenty-First Century Jessica Antonio PART 3: POLITICAL EDUCATION AND RADICAL PEDAGOGY Chapter 7 Political Education as Revolutionary Praxis May C. Fu Chapter 8 "Organizing Wherever Your Feet Land": Reconceptualizing Writing and Writing Instruction in the Legacy of Asian American Activism Katherine H. Lee Chapter 9 How Does It Feel to Be on the Precipice? ChangeLab, A Racial Justice Experiment Soya Jung PART 4: ON MOVEMENT BUILDING: SHAPED BY THE PAST, CREATING NEW FUTURES Chapter 10 On Movement Praxis in the Era of Trumpism Alex T. Tom Chapter 11 "Pete Wilson Trying to See Us All Broke": Asian American Cross-Racial Student Activism in 1990s California Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, with Wayne Jopanda Chapter 12 The Struggle to Abolish Environmental and Economic Racism: Asian Radical Imagining from the Homeland to the Front Line Pam Tau Lee Epilogue: Radical Love for a New Generation Robyn Magalit Rodriguez List of Contributors Index
"Continues the social justice legacy of ethnic studies and Asian American studies."- Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, author of Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era
"Offers validation, insight, and new research and discussion questions for Asian American scholar-activists."- Karin Aguilar-San Juan, editor of The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s