Grace Lee Boggs, pictured here in 2012, was born on June 27, 1915, in Providence, Rhode Island. She currently lives in Detroit. On June 27, 2015, Grace Lee Boggs turned 100 years old. Boggs is a Chinese-American writer, philosopher, and social activist, and author of several books. Her autobiography, Living for Change, was published by University … More Grace Lee Boggs on biracialism, social movements, and hope for America
The history of scholarship on Asian America, when juxtaposed with the fieldsof Asian Studies, reminds us how much nations, national movements, andother forms of national development continue to exert influence on the worldin which we live.Image from Shutterstock. BY TINA CHEN AND ERIC HAYOT Now, more than ever, the singularities of world history—whether imagined as … More Introducing "Verge: Studies in Global Asias"
While on a book tour for Heartbeat of Struggle, Yuri Kochiyama and Diane Fujinospeak on April 24, 2005, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.Photo by Nobuyuki Okada. BY DIANE C. FUJINOProfessor of Asian American studies and director of the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California, Santa BarbaraAppearing in … More Diane C. Fujino on getting to know Yuri Kochiyama (1921–2014)
BY ANTONIO T. TIONGSON JR.Assistant professor of American studies at the University of New Mexico Growing up in the Bay Area in the 1980s proved to be formative in terms of laying the groundwork for the kinds of questions I grapple with in Filipinos Represent. During this period, I came of age deeply immersed in … More On hip-hop, DJs, and racial parameters
Democracy Now!: Diane Fujino, author of Samurai among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life, appears on the show with Seth Rosenfeld, whose new book Subversives claims that Aoki informed on his colleagues. San Francisco Chronicle: An op-ed piece, published today, in which Fujino asks, where’s the evidence? Fred Ho weighs in: … More Diane Fujino tackles new, explosive claims that Black Panther Party member Richard Aoki was an FBI informant.
BY DIANE C. FUJINOAssociate professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara It’s been three years since Richard Aoki passed away. I was in Berkeley, California, that weekend in March 2009 celebrating the 40th anniversaries of UC Berkeley’s Third World Liberation Front strike and the formation of the Asian American Political … More Diane Fujino: Remembering Richard Aoki (Nov. 20, 1938 – March 15, 2009)
Fred Ho is a well-known artist, activist, musician, and scholar. He is the leader of the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and Monkey Orchestra, and has been deeply involved in civil rights activism and women’s rights activism through avant-garde artistry. He was the first Asian American to receive the Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award. … More Fred Ho: A radical, extremely creative, and (r)evolutionary figure
Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University. She is author of Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World. ——- Despite an unprecedented global economic crisis, Filipinos are leaving the Philippines in the thousands for employment in hundreds of countries overseas. It seems rather paradoxical; how is … More How the Philippine government propagates a model of "labor brokerage," even in a time of global economic crisis.
Yuri Kochiyama — human rights activist, once a close friend of Malcolm X and subject of the biography Heartbeat of Struggle by Diane C. Fujino — has been selected to receive an honorary doctorate from California State University. “We are honoring an individual who has dedicated her life to community service by helping people of … More Yuri Kochiyama to receive honorary doctorate this week
Karin Aguilar-San Juan is associate professor of American studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. With a comparative and race-cognizant approach, Karin Aguilar-San Juan explores how Vietnamese refugees and immigrants retain their identities in the U.S. in her new book, Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America. She agreed to answer a few questions with … More Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America