[Libs-Or] Fwd: [UWMOSAIC] Serve the People talk by Karen Ishizuka on Thursday, April 21 at 1:30 at Benson Hall 117

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From: Cynthia del Rosario <cyn at uw.edu>
Date: Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 11:40 AM
Subject: [UWMOSAIC] Serve the People talk by Karen Ishizuka on Thursday,
April 21 at 1:30 at Benson Hall 117
To: "uwmosaic at uw.edu" <uwmosaic at uw.edu>

*From:* Gail Nomura

*Serve the People Tells How “Orientals” Became Asian Americans *

by author Karen Ishizuka

Thursday, April 21


Benson Hall 117


*Serve the People** Tells How “Orientals” Became Asian Americans *

“There was a time, Karen Ishizuka reminds us, when the word ‘Asian
American’ was not merely a demographic category, but a fight you were
picking with the world.”

                                 -- From the foreword by Jeff Chang, author
of *Who We Be:                                                   A Cultural
History of Race in Post-Civil Rights
America                                                *

Until the late 1960s and 1970s, there were no Asian Americans.  There were
only isolated communities of mostly Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos lumped
together as “Orientals.” Karen Ishizuka’s new book, *Serve the People:
Making Asian America in the Long Sixties* - released by Verso Books on
March 1, 2016 - tells the history of how and why the yoke of “oriental” was
shed and Asian America came to be.

Ishizuka’s vivid narrative reveals profound insights and intimate stories
of movers and shakers as well as ground-level activists. 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 only in black and white, and recalls the intricate
memories and meanings of the Asian American movement. By painting a
panoramic yet personal landscape of a momentous time, *Serve the People* fills
out the history of the Sixties and Seventies and is destined to become the
definitive book on the making of Asian America.

 “With meticulous research and more than a hundred interviews, Karen
Ishizuka traces the links between Yellow Power and other radical movements.
This engaging book breaks through to new levels of insight into this
still-neglected movement of far-reaching influence.”

            – Helen Zia, author of *Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of
an American People*

“Karen Ishizuka deftly captures a generation of activist voices from San
Francisco to Los Angeles, Seattle to New York. This thoughtful history
chronicles a movement just as significant as the Black and Chicano
movements and provides a revelatory insight into what it means to be

            – Jesús Treviño, author of *Eyewitness: A Filmmaker’s Memoir of
the Chicano Movement*

“*Serve the People* describes beautifully not merely the making of a people
but an entire era. People of color, women, queer people, students, and the
working class altered US history by making the nation more democratic and
aware of its imperialism. This is a work of immense significance.”

            - Gary Y. Okihiro, author of *American History Unbound: Asians
and Pacific Islanders*

 “*Serve the People* chronicles the hard-fought history of a new
awareness—the story of how we became Asian America.”

            --Phil Yu, *Angry Asian Man*

See http://www.versobooks.com/books/1899-serve-the-people for more

*Author Bio*:

Karen L. Ishizuka is a Sansei who was part of the Asian American movement
in Los Angeles. She is the author of *Lost & Found: Reclaiming the Japanese
American Incarceration *(University of Illinois Press, 2006) as well as
many published articles, and coeditor of *Mining the Home Movie*:* Excavations
in Histories and Memories *(University of California Press, 2007). An
award-winning documentary film producer and museum curator, she helped
establish the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and,
together with Robert A. Nakamura will be honored at their Gala Dinner on
March 19, 2016.  She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University
of California, Los Angeles and previously a MSW from San Diego State

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