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MEMORIALS FOR YURI KOCHIYAMA:
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August 3, 2014 the Scottish Rite Auditorium was the site of the Kochiyama family’s Celebration of Life for their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Yuri Kochiyama. A heartfelt program of speakers, musicians, poets, and family brought together hundreds of folks whose lives had all been touched and changed by Yuri. The tribute from Angela Davis is posted on Amerasia’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmerasiaJournal?ref=hl
The Pasadena Digital History Collaboration (PDHC) project has acquired a significant Japanese American collection for its free online website. “This collaboration is between PCC Library, Pasadena City Library, and the Pasadena Museum of History,” said PCC Librarian Linda Stewart. She continues, “We made a conscious effort to begin to collect artifacts from our rich ethnic history.”
From Meiji Laundry in Pasadena to the San Gabriel Nursery to vegetable farmers in La Puente, Japanese Americans contributed in myriads of ways to the Valley before World War II. “I was honored to interview 25 Niseis,” said Professor Susie Ling of Pasadena City College. “The transcripts are in this PDHC collection. I hope I captured some of the contributions of Fujiko Sakiyama Ishizu who went to Berkeley from Alhambra High in 1936; of Yosh Kuromiya who was one of the Heart Mountain resisters; of Chiye Watanabe who could not bury her hero brother, Joe Hayashi, at Forest Lawn because of racial covenants; and of MIS Sho Nomura who still lives in Sierra Madre.” The oral history collection also includes community activists like Bacon Sakatani of West Covina, the Ted Tajima of Pasadena, and Paul Tsunieshi formerly of Monrovia. Ling said, “These Niseis tell the story of their parents, tell the story of their internment, and tell the story of their post-war rebuilding.”
The PDHC collection also includes several Japanese American photograph albums. PCC’s Stewart said, “We have some photos from the Pasadena Buddhist Temple established in 1948. The Shodas had a flower shop near our campus on Colorado Boulevard. Then we were fortunate to have Elsie Osajima share photos of her father, Jiro Morita, one of the founders of the Pasadena Sister-City Committee.” Sansei poet Amy Uyematsu shared photographs of her grandfather and Professor Joan Takayama-Ogawa opened a treasure chest of photographs of Meiji Laundry of Pasadena. Stewart continued, “We encourage others to consider depositing their photographs too.”
Pasadena City College is celebrating its 90th anniversary. “For me,” said Professor Ling, “PCC’s 2010 Nisei Graduation and this PDHC Collection are a way to respect our Japanese pioneers. Read the transcripts one by one and feel the layers upon layers of legacy.” The website is pasadenadigitalhistory.com.
Amerasia Journal invites faculty to nominate exceptional graduate student essays (masters and doctoral level) in the interdisciplinary field of Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies for the 2014-15 Lucie Cheng Prize. The selected article will be published in Amerasia Journal, with a $1,500 prize to be awarded to the winner.
The Lucie Cheng Prize honors the late Professor Lucie Cheng (1939-2010), a longtime faculty member of UCLA and the first permanent director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (1972-1987). Professor Cheng was a pioneering scholar who brought an early and enduring transnational focus to the study of Asian Americans and issues such as labor and immigration.
Submission: Nominations must be submitted via email by the graduate advisor by October 1, 2014, with notification to the winner by the end of the calendar year. Current students from any graduate program working in Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies are encouraged to send submissions.
Nominations are to include:
On June 1, 2014, one of the great champions of human rights passed away at the age of 93. Yuri Kochiyama was one of Malcolm X’s many disciples, carrying on his visions of a better humanity through her daily actions. She pointed the way out of narrow nationalism to internationalism and was possibly the preeminent expert on the history of alliances between Asians and Africans, Asian Americans and African Americans. She challenged Japanese American activists to look beyond World War II concentration camps and reparations. She has left a living imprint for Asian Americans to “Keep expanding your horizon, decolonize your mind, and cross over borders.”
Among Yuri Kochiyama’s notes for her talks to school children about Malcolm X, she wrote: “To live in hearts that are left behind is not to die.” Yuri’s spirit of boundless generosity and fearless acts of revolutionary kindness shine light onto a better world.
The Kochiyama Family has created a Facebook page “Remembering Yuri Kochiyama” https://www.facebook.com/RememberingYuriKochiyama where tributes, photographs, remembrances, and news on public memorials for Yuri are posted. Condolences and donations can be sent to:
The Kochiyama Family
18 Million Rising (18MR) has an online petition to the US Postal Service to create a Yuri Kochiyama stamp: http://act.engagementlab.org/sign/18mr_yuri_stamp?source=18mrfacebook
UCLA AASC publications featuring Yuri Kochiyama—
Amerasia Journal Call for Papers
From basketball leagues in the San Francisco Chinatown of the 1930s and 1940s to Michael Chang and Jeremy Lin, sport has always been an important site for understanding Asian American life. This special issue of Amerasia Journal focuses on how various forces—transnational processes, the contemporary era of globalization, histories of colonialism and imperialism, and U.S. domestic history—have shaped the cultural politics of sport in Asian America. For example, global media operates as a key site for commercial representations of Asianness in America and Americanness in Asia. Transnational sport shapes diasporic politics and reveals the contested and contradictory terrain of nationalisms in Asian American communities. The histories of sport in Asian and Pacific Islander communities are often embedded in the colonial histories that inform the relationship between Asian/American athletes and fans of the sport. Furthermore, sport featuring Asian/American players and teams create a sense of national community and identity in ways that reframe ethnicity and race in North America.
Taking into account the various forces mentioned above, we are interested in papers that address a broad range of possible topics, including but not limited to, Asian American sport and religion, Chinese and Chinese American basketball, gender, global sports icons, Korean and Korean American golfers, mass media, Pacific Islander football and rugby athletes, postcolonial cricket, tennis and golf as “model minority” sports, and transnational soccer.
Submission Guidelines and Review Process:
• Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editorial staff
Papers submitted for this special issue should be approximately 5,000 words in length. We especially welcome interdisciplinary and teachable writings to adopt for courses ranging from cultural studies to communication studies to literary studies as well as Asian American Studies and Ethnic Studies.
Please send papers regarding the special issue on “Sport in Asian America” to the following addresses. All correspondence should refer to “Amerasia Journal Asian American Sport” in the subject line.
Professor Rachael Joo, Guest Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
View or download the PDF version of the Call for Papers – Sport in Asian America.
Below is a response by Tat-siong Benny Liew (College of the Holy Cross) to Amerasia Journal’s most recent issue “Asian American Religions in a Globalized World.” These thoughts were delivered at a roundtable about the issue at the recent 2014 Association for Asian American Studies annual conference in San Francisco, CA.
Let me congratulate Sylvia Chan-Malik and Khyati Joshi, first of all, for bringing us this long overdue sequel to 1996’s “Racial Spirits.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton was convinced back at the end of the nineteenth century, just when the U.S. was becoming a world power through its expansion into Asia and thus turned not only imperialistic but also xenophobic towards Asians, that the gender issue was more than a legal problem and could not be dealt with unless and until people were willing to tackle the question of religion as she worked tirelessly on her Woman’s Bible project. Despite, or perhaps because of Cady Stanton’s narrow understanding of religion as Christianity, this collection shows that we also need to talk about religion if we are to deal with the race question of this country adequately. For example, according to the 2012 Pew report, as an essay in this collection notes, up to 42% of Asian Americans surveyed are Christians, but the report of another national survey funded by the Lilly Endowment on the Bible and American Life that was just released last month does not even mention Asian Americans, though it does contain information on African Americans and Hispanics. Given this society’s “Christian normativity” and its tendency to “other” Asian Americans outside of Christianity, Chan-Malik and Joshi are on target to devote a major part of the issue to the theme and goal of “reorienting Christianity.”
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at: citygirls-aasc.eventbrite.com
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