- Series: Asian American History & Cultu
- Paperback: 472 pages
- Publisher: Temple University Press (October 6, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1566391830
- ISBN-13: 978-1566391832
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,609,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Asian American Movement (Asian American History & Cultu) Paperback – October 6, 1993
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As a former board member of one of the organizations mentioned in his book, the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, I know for a fact that it was not related to the Asian American movements on the west coast. CAAAV was founded in the 1980's in New York City and its founders had nothing to do with the "Serve the People" programs. So, wrong time and place. Also, I was invoved with the flag-burning issue and am certain that the Revolutionary Communist Party never claimed that flag-burning would or could lead to revolution. The RCP does support revolution and flag-burning so it might be easy for the casual observer to conflate the two, but for a piece of research, it's unacceptable. I am not in a position to refute the other historical claims he makes, but I believe more than a little skepticism is in order.
Don't get me wrong, I don't insist that authors be "unbiased", which is impossible, only that they be open about their biases and try to utilize facts to support their arguments. Wei doesn't do the first and doesn't do a great job of the second..
For a better reading, try the State of Asian America edited by Karen Aguilar-San Juan and Legacy to Liberation edited by Fred Ho.