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The Asian American Movement

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Largely unexamined until recently, the Asian American Movement has been active for more than two decades. William Wei traces to the late 1960s the initial genesis of an Asian American identity, culture, and activism through which members of this pan-Asian group could assert their right to belong to and be respected as responsible members of this society. Although its antecedents were the civil rights and Black Power movements, the Asian American Movement actually resulted from the protests against the Vietnam War and the emergence of a generation of college-aged Chinese and Japanese Americans. In this definitive study of the Asian American Movement, Wei fills an important gap in our knowledge of ethnic social movements and the struggle to achieve American cultural democracy. Lacking a nationally known leader but confronted by many shared issues and concerns, the Asian American Movement was essentially a middle-class reform effort to achieve racial equality, social justice, and political empowerment. It focused on ethnic solidarity and self-empowerment through political activism, educational and community development, and cultural expressions. While the Movement was most visible on the West Coast, notably at the Third World Strike at San Francisco State College in 1968, it became a vital force simultaneously on campuses and in Asian American communities throughout the country. Wei evaluates the Movement's effort to develop a unique but cohesive ethnic identity and the internal struggles between reformist and revolutionary approaches to social change. He analyzes the Asian American women's movement, the alternative press, Asian American studies programs, community-based organizations, andMaoist sects. His study concludes with an examination of Asian American involvement in electoral politics and the quest for political empowerment. Interviews with many of the key participants in the Movement and photographs

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William Wei teaches modern Chinese history and Asian American studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Born in Tinghai, China, and raised in New York City, Dr. Wei is also the author of Counterrevolution in China: The Nationalists in Jiangxi during the Soviet Period.

Synopsis:

The first history and analysis of the Asian American Movement

Table of Contents

Origins of the movement — Who am I? creating an Asian American identity and culture — Race versus gender: the Asian American women's movement — Speaking out: the Asian American alternative press — Activists and the development of Asian American studies — "To serve the people": reformers and community-based organizations — The emergence and eclipse of Maoist organizations — From radical to electoral politics: the Asian American odyssey for empowerment.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439903742
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Subject:
Non-Classifiable : Non-Classifiable
Author:
Wei, William
Author:
William Wei
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Asian American
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
June 1993
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
376

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Asian American
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
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"Synopsis" by , William Wei teaches modern Chinese history and Asian American studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Born in Tinghai, China, and raised in New York City, Dr. Wei is also the author of Counterrevolution in China: The Nationalists in Jiangxi during the Soviet Period.
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