Until the political ferment of the Long Sixties, there were no Asian Americans. There were only isolated communities of mostly Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos lumped together as “Orientals.” Serve the People tells the story of the social and cultural movement that knit these disparate communities into a political identity, the history of how—and why—the double consciousness of Asian America came to be.
At the same time, Karen Ishizuka’s vivid narrative reveals the personal epiphanies and intimate stories of insurgent movers and shakers and ground-level activists alike. Drawing on more than 120 interviews and illustrated with striking images from guerrilla movement publications, the book evokes the feeling of growing up alien in a society rendered in black and white, and recalls the intricate memories and meanings of the Asian American movement. Serve the Peoplepaints a panoramic landscape of a radical time, and is destined to become the definitive history of the making of Asian America.
Karen L. Ishizuka is a third-generation American of Japanese descent who was part of the Asian American movement in Los Angeles. She is the author of Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration, as well as many published articles, and coeditor of Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories. An award-winning documentary film producer and museum curator, she helped establish the Japanese American National Museum and received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Deadline | IAC Research Grant Program in Ethnic Studies Deadline (April 20)
Screening | Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (April 21-28)
Conference | Association for Asian American Studies Conference (Miami, FL, April 28-30)
Screening/Panel | The Suyama Project: Screening of Konrad Aderer’s Resistance at Tule Lake (part of San Jose Japantown Film Festival) (Japanese American Museum, San Jose, May 22)
Book Talk | From the Land of Shadows: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Cambodian Diaspora by Khatharya Um(UCLA, May 26)
Graduations & Celebrations | (UCLA, June 12) Department of Asian American Studies Graduation Samahang Pilipino Student Celebration Asian Pacific Islander Student Celebration Vietnamese Student Celebration
Screening | EthnoCommunications Spring Student Film Screening (TBA)