Category: Education

Posts about Asian American history, Los Angeles and Southern California history, and contemporary scholarship, including recent papers.

Remembering Joseph Ileto – Victim of White Supremacist Murder in 1999

White supremacist who had gone on a rampage to kill Jews gunned down a Filipino American postal worker On August 10, 1999, Joseph Ileto died after being shot nine times moments after agreeing to deliver a letter for the man who killed him. Buford O’Neal Furrow, Jr. started the day opening fire with a semi-automatic… Read more »

Living Legacies from the 1969 Occupation of Alcatraz

By MARY UYEMATSU KAO January 29, 2022 Rafu Shimpo Japanese Americans were imprisoned in concentration camps by the U.S. governement in 1942 and stripped of their Constitutional Rights. Many of these camps were set up on indigenous tribal reservations against the wishes of those reservations. Regardless, there is a long history of solidarity between Japanese… Read more »

Remembering Vincent Chin and the Deep Roots of anti-Asian Violence

Like with Chin’s killing, recent anti-Asian hate crimes reflect a willingness to conflate individual Asian people and US tensions with Asian countries. As Americans — including politicians — looked for someone to hold responsible for Covid-19, Asian Americans were targeted given the virus’s origins in China. And since the US is now locked in economic competition with China, experts anticipate that anti-Asian sentiment will endure.

Wisconsin school board members dismissed book about Japanese American incarceration as being ‘unbalanced,’ parents say

White Supremacist attacks on teaching U.S. history continue June 30, 2022, 11:26 AM PDT By Kimmy Yam Parents are pushing back after a committee whose members sit on a Wisconsin school board did not move forward with approving a book about Japanese American incarceration during World War II for a sophomore English literature class. Muskego-Norway… Read more »

“Who Killed Vincent Chin?” Screening and Panel Discussion

July 14, 6:30-8:30PM: Join us at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, LA, to commemorate 40 years since the murder of Vincent Chin. FREE RSVP:

LA Times Column: A Search for Answers to Anti-Asian Violence

Frank Shyong, March 22, 2022 William Yu, 46, is healing from the multiple stab wounds he suffered in Chinatown earlier this month at the hands of a random attacker. But the incident has already left scars on the way that he and his family see themselves, said his brother David. Now he cannot stop thinking… Read more »

Activists seek to preserve historic Japanese-American site

Historic Wintersburg, Circa 1910

NBC NEWS: March 26, 2018, 5:33 AM PDT / Updated March 26, 2018, 5:32 AM PDT By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil IRVINE, Calif. — A historic site representing one of Southern California’s earliest Japanese pioneer settlements may be in danger of being destroyed in a possible sale, according to activists from the Japanese-American community. Historic Wintersburg — a 4.5-acre… Read more »

Fires at Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, CA: Part of a larger trend?

With anti-Asian hate crimes continuing to rise across the U.S. and other countries globally, up over 330% nationally, the attacks have taken various forms, from microagressions, racial slurs, Asian Americans being spat upon in public spaces, various physical attacks including sexual violence and murder. The crimes have also included vandalism and destruction of places of… Read more »