Seeking a revolution

ASIAN AMERICAN MATTERS: A NEW YORK ANTHOLOGY Edited By Russell C. Leong (New York: Asian American and Asian Research Institute, The City University of New York, 2017, 256 pp., $25, paperback) “Asian American Matters: A New York Anthology” is a commemorative assembling of new, revised, and selected work from CUNY Forum, a journal established in […]

Complicat(i)ng the ‘mosaic’ of history

THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY Edited by David K. Yoo and Eiichiro Azuma (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, 544 pp., $150, hardcover) This impressive volume, published at the semi-centennial of Asian American studies, serves admirably as an authoritative marker of Asian American history’s coming of age. Edited by two stalwarts in the […]

Collective statement by Asian American studies scholars regarding Japanese American ‘Internment’ and a proposed registry of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries

December 3, 2016 (Editor’s Note: Vivian Shaw, University of Texas at Austin; Simeon Man, University of California, San Diego; A. Naomi Paik, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Christen Tsuyuko Sasaki, San Francisco State University; and Yoshinori H. T. Himel, University of California at Davis, along with more than 900 other Asian American studies professors, have signed the following statement): […]

Don Nakanishi, pioneer in Asian American studies, dies at 66

Don Nakanishi, a UCLA scholar who gained national recognition for establishing Asian American studies as a viable and relevant field of scholarship, teaching, community service and public discourse, died March 21 in Los Angeles at the age of 66. A faculty member at UCLA for 35 years, he served as the director of the Asian American […]

Asian American Movement study showcases U.S. cultural radicalism’s robust tradition

CHAINS OF BABYLON: The Rise of Asian America By Daryl J. Maeda (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009, 224 pp., $20, paperback) At California State University, Fullerton, I taught history, Asian American studies and American studies courses. My favorite was an American studies offering developed in the mid-1970s: “American Cultural Radicalism.” If now teaching it, […]

CSU Sacramento remembers founding ethnic studies faculty Wayne Maeda

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Wayne Maeda, a pioneer in the field of Asian American studies, was remembered at California State University, Sacramento on May 3 by more than 100 people his work has touched from all across California. Maeda, a founding faculty member of the CSUS Ethnic Studies Department, touched the lives of many and left […]

30 YEARS AFTER CHOL SOO LEE: A case that gave birth to Asian American activists

The National Japanese American Historical Society hosted a retrospective March 9 entitled “Chol Soo Lee: 30 Years of Freedom” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Chol Soo Lee’s release from prison. The event was held in conjunction with the nonprofit’s ongoing exhibit of Japantown Art and Media Workshop posters, created for community organizations and events […]

Nichi Bei Foundation founding board member, who helped to establish CSUS Ethnic Studies, dies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Wayne Hisashi Maeda, a founding faculty member of the California State University, Sacramento Ethnic Studies Department and founding board member of the Nichi Bei Foundation, passed away peacefully at his home in Sacramento on Feb. 27, 2013 after a bout with cancer. He was 65. Just three days later, on March 2, […]

COMMENTARY: Jim Hirabayashi, academic, actor, brother

Jim was active in the student strike at San Francisco State University. He was instrumental in establishing the Ethnic Studies dept. and the Asian American Studies dept. at SFSU, precursors of similar departments at other universities throughout the country. After the student strike, he with the late George Araki and the late Clifford Uyeda started […]

Hirabayashi, dean of first ethnic studies school, dies

James Akira Hirabayashi, an emeritus professor of anthropology and ethnic and Asian American studies at San Francisco State University — where he served as the first dean of the first ethnic studies program in the country — passed away peacefully in San Francisco on May 23, 2012. He was 85. “Jim’s passing was going to […]

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