Karen L. Ishizuka


Karen L. Ishizuka is a third-generation American of Japanese descent who was part of the Asian American movement in Los Angeles. She is the author of Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration, as well as many published articles, and coeditor of Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories, and most recently, Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties (Verso, 2016). An award-winning documentary film producer and museum curator, she helped establish the Japanese American National Museum and received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Wherefore Asian America?

Introduction to "Serve the People"

 

The following is an excerpt from the introduction of Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties, a groundbreaking new history of the Asian American movement by Karen L. Ishizuka (Verso, 2016).

 

Wherefore Asian America?

Discovery cannot be purely intellectual but must also involve action; nor can it be limited to mere activism, but must include serious reflection.

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