“Our knowing that Asian Americans waged struggles against militarism and imperial expansionism, that Asian American students fought for Third World and ethnic studies, that Asian American activists worked in solidarity with Black Power and Third World anticolonial activists, that Filipino farmworkers engaged labor battles alongside Chicana/o farmworkers, that Japanese Americans protested their World War II incarceration, that Asian American feminists helped to build the U.S. Third World feminist movement, and that Asian American queer communities collectively organized for visibility matters. It has been through Asian American activism scholarship—in addition to cultural, journalistic, activist, and oral traditions—that we and others have come to know and be inspired by our own Asian American histories of struggle” (114).

— Diane C. Fujino and Robyn M. Rodriguez, “The Legibility of Asian American Activism Studies,” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 111–36.

Pre-1960s radicalism/nationalism

Asian American movement and ethnic studies

Web resources

Activism since the 1970s

  • Aguilar-San Juan, Karin, ed. The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s. Boston: South End Press, 1994.
  • Aguirre, Adalberto, Jr., and Shoon Lio. “Spaces of Mobilization: The Asian American/Pacific Islander Struggle for Social Justice.” Social Justice 35, no. 2 (2008-09): 1-17.
  • “Asian American and Pacific Islander Activism: Commemorating 50 years of Asian American Studies.” Special issue, Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019).
    • Pan, Arnold. “To Our Readers.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 109–10.
    • Fujino, Diane C., and Robyn M. Rodriguez. “The Legibility of Asian American Activism Studies.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 111–36.
    • Das Gupta, Monisha. “‘KNOw History/KNOw Self’: Khmer Youth Organizing for Justice in Long Beach.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 137–56.
    • Rubio, Elizabeth Hanna. “‘We Need to Redefine What We Mean by Winning’: NAKASEC’s Immigrant Justice Activism and Thinking Citizenship Otherwise.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 157–72.
    • Cheng, Wendy. “The Taiwan Revolutionary Party and Sinophone Political Praxis in New York, 1970–1986.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 173–87.
    • Hanna, Karen Buenavista. “When Mothers Lead: Revolutionary Adaptability in a Filipina/o American Diasporic Community Theater Organization.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 188–206.
    • Pha, Kong Pheng. “The Politics of Vernacular Activism: Hmong Americans Organizing for Social Justice in Minnesota.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 207–21.
    • Hope, Jeanelle K. “This Tree Needs Water!: A Case Study on the Radical Potential of Afro-Asian Solidarity in the Era of Black Lives Matter.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 222–37.
    • Feng, Yuanyuan, and Mark Tseng-Putterman. “‘Scattered Like Sand’ WeChat Warriors in the Trial of Peter Liang.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 238–52.
    • Fu, May, Simmy Makhijani, Anh-Thu Pham, Meejin Richart, Joanne Tien, and Diane Wong. “#Asians4BlackLives: Notes from the Ground.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 253–70.
    • Ho`omanawanui, Ku`ualoha, Candace Fujikane, Aurora Kagawa-Viviani, Kerry Kamakaoka‘ilima Long, and Kekailoa Perry. “Teaching for Maunakea: Kiaʻi Perspectives.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 271–76.
    • Monkawa, David. “Progressive Asian Network for Action.” Amerasia Journal 45, no. 2 (2019): 277–78.
  • Choy, Catherine Ceniza. “Towards Trans-Pacific Social Justice: Women and Protest in Filipino American History.” Journal of Asian American Studies 8.3 (2005): 293-307.
  • Das Gupta, Monisha. Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.
  • Garlough, Christine L. Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances. University Press of Mississippi, 2013.
  • Nadal, Kevin. “The Brown Asian American Movement: Advocating for South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Filipino American Communities.” Asian American Policy Review, February 2, 2020.
  • Shah, Sonia, ed. Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire. Boston: South End Press, 1997.
  • Sze, Julie. “Asian American Activism for Environmental Justice.” Peace Review 16, no. 2 (2004): 149–56.
  • Takeda, Okiyoshi. “One Year after the Sit-In: Asian American Students’ Identities and Their Support for Asian American Studies.” Journal of Asian American Studies 4.2 (2001): 147-64.
  • Woo, Merle. “What Have We Accomplished? From the Third World Strike Through the Conservative Eighties.” Amerasia Journal 15, no. 1 (1989): 81-9.
  • Zia, Helen. Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000.

Individual activists

Richard Aoki

  • Dong, Harvey. “Richard Aoki (1938–2008): Toughest Oriental to Come Out of West Oakland.” Amerasia Journal 35, no. 2 (2009): 223–32.
  • Fujino, Diane. Samurai among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
  • Kao, Mary Uyematsu. “A Richard Aoki Forum: What Does It Take to Destroy a Legend?” Amerasia Journal 39, no. 2 (2013): 91–94.
    • Daniels, Douglas Henry. “I Remember Richard: A Review of Samurai Among Panthers and More.” Amerasia Journal 39, no. 2 (2013): 95–102.
    • Dong, Harvey. “Richard Aoki’s Legacy and Dilemna: Who Do You Serve?” Amerasia Journal 39, no. 2 (2013): 102–15.
    • Ly, Wayie. “Still Flying on Broken Wings.” Amerasia Journal 39, no. 2 (2013): 115–19.

Grace Lee Boggs

  • Aguilar-San Juan, Karin Juan. “‘We Are Extraordinarily Lucky to Be Living in These Times’: A Conversation with Grace Lee Boggs.” Frontiers 36, no. 2 (2015): 92–123.
  • Boggs, Grace Lee. Living for Change: An Autobiography. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.
  • Boggs, Grace Lee, with Scott Kurashige. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for The Twenty-First Century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
  • Fu, May C. “On Contradiction: Theory and Transformation in Detroit’s Asian Political Alliance.” Amerasia Journal 35, no. 2 (2009): 1–23.

Carlos Bulosan

Fred Ho

Yuri Kochiyama

Philip Vera Cruz

Mitsuye Yamada and Michael Yasutake