The Power and Betrayal of Cross-Ethnic Solidarity in the 1903 Oxnard Beet Strike
by Frank P. Barajas
The Japanese Mexican Labor Association overcame the deliberate ethnic division of the farm labor force in Oxnard, California to win a major strike in the sugar beet fields in 1903, overcoming violent repression. Anti-Asian prejudice in the broader labor movement ended this successful experiment to the detriment of generations of workers.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Racism Has Always Been Part of the Asian American Experience
by Mae Ngai
Anti-Asian racism draws from different historical origins than Jim Crow, but their histories are part of the same conflict: whether White Americans are entitled to rule over other people, domestically or globally.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
USC’s Natalia Molina Wins MacArthur Fellowship for Work on Immigrant Stereotypes
"Of this year’s 21 fellows across the arts, education, science, media, law and environmental studies, Molina’s work on race, gender, culture and citizenship is particularly timely, essentially at the heart of the national conversation as America undergoes a reckoning over systemic racism and grapples with questions of equity, inclusion and identity."
SOURCE: California Historical Society
The Transcontinental Railroad, African Americans and the California Dream
by Alison Rose Jefferson
Before, during and after the transcontinental line’s construction, in southern states, thousands of enslaved and then freedmen worked on the railroads grading lines, building bridges, and blasting tunnels.
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