Student Activism & The Emergence of Asia American Studies

Edited by: Russell Jeung, Karen Umemoto, Harvey Dong, Eric Mar,

Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, Arnold Pan



This book shares the narratives of nine remarkable students. For each of these Asian Americans, their ethnic heritages and racialized experiences, their family backgrounds, their education, and the social movements of their day intersected so that they became agents of change. Specifically, they organized and mobilized fellow students and community members to establish and further Asian American Studies (AAS) on their campuses. AAS has since grown not only to offer a relevant curriculum for and about these students, but also to help develop and empower their communities. With accounts of the development of AAS at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, and UCLA, Mountain Movers highlights how students have changed the course of history.

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AASC Press Related Publications on the Beginnings of
Asian American Studies and AAS Activism



Asian Community Center Archive Group. Stand Up: An Archive Collection of the Bay Area Asian American Movement, 1968-1974. Berkeley, CA: Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2015.


Gupta, Monisha Das. Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.


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Ho, Fred Wei-han, and Bill V. Mullen. Afro Asia Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections between African Americans and Asian Americans. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.


Ishizuka, Karen L., and Jeff Chang. Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties. London: Verso, 2018.


Jung, Moon-Kie. Reworking Race: The Making of Hawaiis Interracial Labor Movement. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.


Kurashige, Scott. The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.


Liu, Michel, Kim Geron, and Tracy Lai. The Snake Dance of Asian American Activism: Community, Vision, and Power. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.


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Maeda, Daryl Joji. Rethinking the Asian American Movement. New York, NY: Routledge, 2012.


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Tachiki, Amy, Eddie Wong, Franklin Odo, and Buck Wong. Roots: An Asian American Reader. Los Angeles: Regents of the University of California, 1971.


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Wu, Judy Tzu-Chun. Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013.




SF State Asian American Studies Department http://aas.sfsu.edu/

UC Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies https://aaads.berkeley.edu/

Asian American Studies Department https://asianam.ucla.edu/

Asian American Studies Center http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/