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STAND UP: An Archive Collection of the Bay Area Asian American Movement 1968-1974
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STAND UP An Archive Collection of the Bay Area Asian American Movement 1968-1974
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Asian Community Center Archive Group Copyright Year: 2009 Revised 2015 Copyright Notice: by Asian Community Center Archive Group. All rights reserved. The above information forms this copyright notice: Š 2009 by Asian Community Center Archive Group. All rights reserved. Published by Eastwind Books of Berkeley 2009 2066 University Avenue, Berkeley California 94704 email: [email protected] Cover design by: Carl Angel ISBN: 9780615279039 (paperback) ISBN: 9780996351775 (e-book) Note: This e-book version does not have photographs that are in the print version. Photographs mentioned in the book can be found in Cover photo: In 1968, Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA) members organized the earliest known “Asian” contingent. The AAPA contingent was designated to lead the front of this massive anti-war march into the Vietnam Moratorium teach-in at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theater. (photo by permission from Victoria Wong Collection) This book is dedicated to the International Hotel Tenants and the SF Chinatown âOld Leftâ who gave courage and inspiration to our generation. (*) ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Asian Community Center Archive Group expresses great appreciation for the help and support given this project from the following: Carl Angel, Richard Aoki, C. Chan, Jade Cho, Maurice Chuck, Jeanie Dere, William Dere, Harvey Dong, Susan Fang, James Hsu, Mary Uyematsu Kao, Keith Kojimoto, Him Mark Lai, Bill Lee, Steven Louie, Al Robles, Bea Tam, Marilyn Wong, Steve Wong, and Victoria Wong. (*) INTRODUCTION
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You hadda be there. The Sixties and Seventies, I mean. You had to be there, sensing the world turning upside down. It wasnât remote or academic at all. On our TVs and in our newspapers we witnessed Asian faces rising up to finish off the latest colonial occupation. An entire quarter of humanity, once dismissed as clinging to a colorful past while waiting for some foreign missionary power to take it under its protection, had now stood up, an enormous Red banner of self-determination. Every American guy graduating high school stared right into the gun barrel of the military draft and had to decide for himself what the world was about and where he stood in it. Political assassinations that shocked the nation and sparked frightening riots happened right here in our own cities. There was no irony in a militant Black Power salute or a gentle wave of âPeace, man.â It was real. Then, as now, oppression breeds resistance. In the spirit of those tumultuous times, we present this collection. From these stories, old photos and artifacts we see stepping stones being laid down for advancing the peoplesâ causes still being fought. Our corner of the world was the San Francisco Bay Area and we begin in 1968.
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