In light of the recent attacks on Asian Americans and the continuing struggles of Black Americans, I examine the long history of solidarity and cooperation between these two communities in their common struggles for rights and recognition. From the article:
It’s relatively rare that we can pinpoint the exact time and place in which a new identity is created, but in the case of Asian Americans, we know who coined the term where and why. In 1968, graduate students and future husband and wife team Yuji Ichioka and Emma Gee founded the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA) at the University of California, Berkeley. Ichioka, who became a professor at UCLA, purposely created the term “Asian American” as a way of uniting people of various national origins under an umbrella term and common identity to increase their political and social power.
In doing so, Ichioka, Gee and other AAPA activists cooperated with and were explicitly inspired by the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.
You can read the whole thing here.