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Vanishing Chinatown portrays a thriving cultural life in San Francisco Chiantown, 1920-1999

My father was born on Grant Avenue in the heart of San Francisco Chinatown, not far from the May’s Photo Studio, 770 Sacramento Street. Perusing Him Mark Lai, Autobiography of a Chinese American Historian, I...

“Herstories” that challenge how we teach and think about Asian American and Pacific Islander...

My first oral history project was for an assignment in a class called Women of Color with Dr. Artee Young at the University of Washington. I interviewed Tomo Shoji, a community activist who would...

“M Is for Movement” is a lesson in social change through community organizing as...

In this year of ongoing social justice protests and transformation, Innosanto Nagara’s M is for Movement AKA Humans Can’t Eat Golf Balls is beautifully relevant to all ages, while the intended audience is youth....

A guide that empowers teachers to educate themselves while also encouraging their students to...

Last summer 2019, I taught a course called Diversity and Social Justice, as part of University Beyond Bars at Monroe Correctional Center for men. Despite my graduate degree and decades of teaching in ethnic...

Start the year of the dog off with young adult social justice books

Handling issues of social justice, community and history can be tricky in books for kids but not impossible. Our reviewers look at books that attempt this and note how well or not so well the authors do. Thanks for reading and happy new year of the dog!

Karen L. Ishizuka examines unfinished Asian American movement in new book

Serve the People powerfully argues that recovering and remembering the Asian American Movement is not to live in the past, but rather to claim the future that the Asian American Movement envisioned. An unfinished revolution, but a revolution still worth fighting for: no justice, no peace!

‘Who We Be’: Jeff Chang challenges current racial paradigm

A look past the racial status quo
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‘Bamboo Women’: Stories defy ‘model minority’ mythology

A look at the book by Nona Mock Wyman

A Samurai Among Panthers

“All Power to the People!” (Black Panther Party slogan, often used by Richard Aoki.) From relative obscurity, the unusual life of Richard Aoki (1938-2009) is finally being recovered and acknowledged for his integral roles in...