How was “Asian America” made in the 1960s-70s? In Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties, Karen L. Ishizuka writes that “the Asian American movement was like a cosmic Venn diagram of overlapping personal meaning, political activism, and cultural production” (p. 11).
Read Serve the People and write a 5-page essay (12-pt. font, double-spaced, approximately 1,200-1,250 words) analyzing the dynamics of the Asian American movement in the 1960s-1970s. Rather than account for the origins of the movement, you should focus on the themes of individual and collective identities, political ideas, social networks and organizations, collective actions, and cultural works. Discuss at least three to four examples (activists, groups, ideas, protests, artworks, etc.) from the book that address one or more of the above aspects.
Make sure to come up with your own thesis to connect your examples and themes.
Reflection paragraph (2% of the 20%)
Your paper should be historical. That is you should stick to the “Long Sixties” context in your discussion. However, you should also be thinking about the legacy of the Asian American movement for our present times. Therefore, you should write one additional paragraph (after the formal conclusion to your essay!) to reflect on what you think the “lessons” of this earlier Asian American movement are for your generation (whether or not you identify as AAPI).
Use Chicago Style and cite your sources as footnotes in your paper; for reference,