Summary Of Diane C. Fujino's Coming Together: The Asian American Movement

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Historically, groups of people whose “label” is comprised of conjunctive ethnicities experience a difficult time finding their true identity, but identity is found when unidentifiable individuals find a common goal. In the course of the last two weeks, we explored a concept called “Pan-Ethnicity” which deals with the unification of multiple ethnicities. It’s concept and practice is displayed by Yen Le Espiritu’s “Coming Together: The Asian American Movement”, and in chapter eight and nine of Diane C. Fujino’s book, “Samurai Among Panthers” respectively.

In Espiritu’s text, a pan-ethnic organization or more specifically, a pan-Asian organization did two things for the Asian American movement. First, the organizational method increased connectivity amongst people of Asian descent in the United States. It increased the number of people and sharpened the objectivity of a movement. Secondly, the movement allowed for the pan-Asian ideology to be applied to economical, political and social aspects of the United States community. Asians began being considered as a single unit, and that exposed larger problems that needed to be fixed by the government and society. …show more content…

Fujino’s, “Samurai Among Panthers”, Richard Aoki, a former Asian American Political Alliance chair, recalled his memories in the 1968 to 1969 student strike that occurred at the campuses of UC Berkeley and San Francisco State College. At the time, African Americans, Chicanos, Native Americans and Asian Americans each had their own group, but ultimately created the Third World Liberation Front, which consisted of members of each ethnicity. Through this they were able to have strength in numbers, a greater support group, and greater minds and

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