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ERIC Number: EJ763130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb-9
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Working outside the System
Lum, Lydia
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v22 n26 p26-27 Feb 2006
This article features the life of Yuri Kochiyama as a social, political and civil rights activist. Kochiyama is one of many whose social, political and civil rights activism was inspired by Malcolm X. She is one of the few non-Blacks often associated with him and has forged multi-ethnic coalitions, especially between Asian Americans and Blacks. An 84-year-old Nisei--American-born child of immigrant parents--Kochiyama is one of the most prominent Asian American activists who emerged from the 1960s. She has championed human rights, protested racial inequality and supported political prisoners worldwide, often doing mundane but important behind-the-scenes work. Interned during World War II, Kochiyama has likened the ordeal to the segregation of Blacks. While Kochiyama was often the only Asian American at African-American protests, Blacks welcomed her, concluding that she wanted only to participate, not usurp their leadership. They respected her grunt work, whether writing newsletter articles or distributing fliers door-to-door. Now living in Oakland, California, Kochiyama has published her memoirs, Passing It On. At university lectures around the country, she promotes Asian-African solidarity. And she reflects on her life with the same modesty shown in her 1960s activism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California