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Asian American History



  • The Forgotten Violence of the US-Philippines Relationship

    by Adrian De Leon

    By declaring a relationship of "friends, partners, and allies" between the United States and the Philippines, and embracing the regime of Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., the United States concealed its violent conquest of the islands and its ongoing support for authoritarian rule there. 



  • The Asian-Canadian Gay Pioneer Theorist of Sexuality

    by Laurie Marhoefer

    Li Shiu Tong, the partner of better-known German sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, was an important theorist and activist whose once-lost writings anticipated today's politics of gay rights and liberation. 



  • Penn Law Prof Amy Wax's Anti-Indian Rant Excludes Inconvenient History

    by Suhag Shukla

    Attributing Indian American criticism of racism to "resentment" of "the west" is rooted in ignorance of the colonial looting of the Indian subcontinent and the experiences of South Asians in general and Hindus in particular in the United States. 



  • Two Artists Unearth Hidden Histories of LA

    Devon Tsuno and Alan Nakagawa discuss the histories and daily life of the Japanese American community in Midtown Los Angeles, an area that has largely been erased from Angelenos' maps of their city. 



  • Don't Use Anti-Asian Violence to Throw More Money at Police

    by Crystal Jing Luo

    Business interests in Oakland have hijacked the safety concerns of Asian Americans to support arming police in service of real estate development that threatens low-income housing. 



  • Teaching Asian American History is Needed to Understand Complexity of Racism

    by Kathryn Gin Lum

    Asian American history shows members of Asian ethnic groups have been ranked in a hierarchy of races at some moments, and grouped together with other "heathen" groups as disqualified for inclusion in American society. Understanding this history helps to understand racism as a political order, not a response to innate difference. 



  • History Answers the Inexplicable: Interview with Madeline Hsu

    by Shirley Lung

    "Asian Pacific Americans is a census category. It does not reflect the lived experiences, in fact, of many ethnic Asian persons living in the United States....But it is politically a necessity, in part because of the racial projects at work. These killings were racially motivated."



  • Local Professor Building History of San Diego's Japanese Americans

    San Diego City College professor Susan Hasegawa describes a public history project detailing the story of San Diego's Japanese Americans before and after internment, and a librarian who supported interned children with books and messages of support.