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Samurai among PanthersRichard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life$
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Diane C. Fujino

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677863

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677863.001.0001

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“Support All Oppressed Peoples”

“Support All Oppressed Peoples”

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Samurai among Panthers

Diane C. Fujino

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the birth of the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA), one of the most important Asian American political groups of the sixties. AAPA’s coining of the term “Asian American” helped create a new social movement, the Asian American Movement (AAM), and a new identity based on racial pride, political resistance, and alliance building across ethnic (pan-Asian unity) and racial borders (Third World solidarity). The membership of AAPA was student and community. AAPA represented the Asians during the Third World strike and helped form the Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley. Aoki played a vital role in the development of Berkeley’s AAPA. He further influenced AAPA’s ideological development through his socialist politics and political associations with Black radicalism.

Keywords:   Asian American Political Alliance, political groups, Asian American, social movement, racial pride, political resistance, alliance building, UC Berkeley, Richard Aoki, Black radicalism

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