Asian American Policy Review

Articles from Vol. 19, Annual

1898, U.S. Militarism, and the Formation of Asian America
Rightfully, many would point to the 1965 Immigration Act and its emphasis on family reunification and professional migration as an important tipping point in the formation of Asian America. However, 1965 and its consequences need to be viewed through...
An Issue of Time and Place: The Truth Behind Korean Americans' Connection to the 1992 Los Angeles Riots
The Los Angeles riots of 1992 marked a watershed moment in American history, with Korean Americans playing a central role in the events. Since that time, the Korean American experience in politics has shifted in many ways. This article describes my...
Changing Perceptions: An Interview with Mayor Evan Low
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On 10 December 2009, the AAPR interviewed Campbell, California, Mayor Evan Low. Evan Low is a twenty-six-year-old Chinese American who began his term as mayor of Campbell, California, a Silicon Valley city of 38,000 people,...
Embracing Mistaken Identity: How the Vincent Chin Case Unified Asian Americans
This much is certain. On 19 June 1982, on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, an individual named Vincent Chin--twenty-seven years old, of Chinese ancestry, an American citizen, from a working-class background, engaged to be married the following...
Finding Family: How a Personal Journey Led to a Dream Project
When I was a college student in 2004, my mother showed me a picture of someone I had never seen before. The photo had been taken in China a few years earlier and was of my mother's cousin. This cousin had left Hamkyong province in North Korea, making...
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: Commemorating the Vincent Chin Case
The last words whispered by Vincent Chin, who was beaten to death in 1982 in Highland Park, Michigan, were, "It's not fair." This sentiment would be echoed by Asian Americans as the lenient sentences meted out to his assailants caused an outcry in...
Judy Chu for Congress: A Case Study for Mobilizing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Legislative Campaigns
In California's hyper-partisan electoral politics and creatively gerrymandered legislative districts, the battle for a legislative seat during a regular election cycle is often fought during the primary election, in which the winner of the primary...
March on Washington: A History of Asian Pacific Americans' Growing Political Power in the Nation's Capital
In the summer of 2010, more than a million people are expected to descend on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the achievements of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community at the federal government's 44th annual Smithsonian Folklife...
Reinventing the School: An Interview with Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics Principal Edward Tom
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Edward Tom is the founder and principal of the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics. Tom spent five years in the corporate sector working for Lord & Taylor and Sakes Fifth Avenue in the retail industry prior to embarking...
Rising to Political Power in New Orleans: Vietnamese Americans Respond in Katrina Aftermath
In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, which hit the U.S. Gulf Coast in August 2005, the nation watched transfixed as the television news showed image after image of destruction and suffering. We were shown a story of anguished New Orleans residents--mostly...
Twenty-Five Years Later: Lessons Learned from the Free Chol Soo Lee Movement
In 1973, Chol Soo Lee, a Korean immigrant, was arrested as a murder suspect in a gang killing in San Francisco's Chinatown. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Three years later, he self-defensively killed a fellow prison inmate, resulting...
Zoned Out: Chinatown and Lower East Side Residents and Business Owners Fight to Stay in New York City
Latino, Black, and low-income residents filled a town hall meeting of Manhattan's Community District 3 chanting "Chinatown, not for sale! Lower East Side, not for sale!" (Murray 2008). Many of these residents had already gone to previous meetings...