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The Asian American movement /
William Wei.
imprint
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1993.
description
xvi, 355 p. : ill.
ISBN
1566390494 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1993.
isbn
1566390494 (alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3380001
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-01:
The Asian American movement was born of a largely unintentional process of enlightenment that emerged from the activism of the 1960s. Wei traces the growth of this movement from those early days to the present. To render this complex and, at times, contradictory movement accessible to his readers, Wei deals with the movement's component parts individually. Based largely on oral history interviews and analyses of the Asian American press, this approach is particularly effective. Wei's deconstruction includes examination of the women's movement, the alternative press, and Asian American studies programs in universities. Each of these traditions, he contends, contributed an essential part to the building of a positive Asian American identity. Wei then considers three different outlets for interest in the Asian American movement: community-based organizations, radical political movements, and finally, the increasing Asian American involvement in the country's mainstream political systems. This is an important book for anyone interested in a detailed study of multiculturalism in America. Advanced undergraduate and above. S. Wurtele; Queen's University
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"This is the first-ever study of the Asian American movement. It is a unique source and is going to have a significant audience among all those interested in the Asian American experience." -Richard Flacks, University of California, Santa Barbara
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Choice, January 1994
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Active for more than two decades, the Asian American movement began a middle-class reform effort to achieve racial equality, social justice, and political empowerment. In this first history and in-depth analysis of the Movement, William Wei traces to the late 1960s, the genesis of an Asian American identity, culture, and activism. Wei analyzes the Asian American women's movement, the alternative press, Asian American involvement in electoral politics. Interviews with many key participants in the Movement and photographs of Asian American demonstrations and events enliven this portrayal of the Movement's development, breadth, and conflicts.
Main Description
Active for more than two decades, the Asian American movement began a middle-class reform effort to achieve racial equality, social justice, and political empowerment. In this first history and in-depth analysis of the Movement, William Wei traces to the late 1960s, the genesis of an Asian American identity, culture, and activism.Wei analyzes the Asian American women's movement, the alternative press, Asian American involvement in electoral politics. Interviews with many key participants in the Movement and photographs of Asian American demonstrations and events enliven this portrayal of the Movement's development, breadth, and conflicts. Author note: 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.
Table of Contents
Prefaeep. ix
Aknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Origins of the Movementp. 11
Who Am I Creating an Asian American Identity and Culturep. 44
Race Versus Gender: the Asian American Womens' Movementp. 72
Speaking Out: the Asian American Alternative Pressp. 101
Activists and the Development of Asian Ameriean Studiesp. 132
"To Serve the People": Reformers and Community-Based Organizationsp. 169
The Emergence and Eclipse of Maoist Organizationsp. 203
From Radical to Electoral Polities: the Asian American Odyssey for Empowermentp. 241
Conclusionp. 271
Abbreviationsp. 277
Notesp. 281
Indexp. 337
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