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Samurai among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life

Diane C. Fujino


An iconic figure of the Asian American movement, Richard Aoki (1938–2009) was also, as the most prominent non-Black member of the Black Panther Party, a key architect of Afro-Asian solidarity in the 1960s and 1970s. His life story exposes the personal side of political activism as it illuminates the history of ethnic nationalism and radical internationalism in America. A reflection of this interconnection, this book weaves together two narratives: Aoki’s dramatic first-person chronicle and an interpretive. Aoki’s candid account of himself takes us from his early years in Japanese American inte ... More

Keywords: Asian American movement, Richard Aoki, Black Panther Party, political activism, ethnic nationalism, militant activist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677863
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane C. Fujino, author