Friday, September 09, 2005

The Coolness of Kochiyama

She's the woman with her fist raised in the layout. She inspired a generation of Asian Americans to stand proudly with their own yellow fists raised. Cheesy, maybe, but with so few inspirational leaders we can look up to, most politicized Asian American youths will turn to Yuri Kochiyama as the woman who stirred us into action, who told us that even an old, frail Asian woman who began life apolitical and unaware, can find a place in the fight for equality and recognition. More importantly, Kochiyama reminds me that despite the odds, despite the seemingly endless conflict between black and Asian communities, we can still find some common ground in which to exist without stepping on one anothers' toes. If you're in the Berkeley area, please take a minute to see Ms. Kochiyama tomorrow:

Yuri Kochiyama and Diane Fujino are scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. Saturday at Heller Lounge in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building on the UC Berkeley campus, Bancroft Street and Telegraph Avenue. Call Eastwind Books at (510) 548-2350 or e-mail
And if you've been too afraid to ask why exactly I love her so much, you can read this article in Inspired by Malcolm X.


Blogger phillyjay said...

Interesting.I would never expect a person like that to be involved in all those kinds of politics.Especially far left activist types like that.

9/09/2005 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger solitaire said...

Jenn, thanks so much for that link. For showing us the heroes that the world seems to forget about (or WANT to forget about) because they don't want to expose their deep, ugly pasts.

Malcolm X is my personal's great to see other minorities who are inspired by him.

I raise my fist with you, too! :) And with Ms. Kochiyama. God bless her!!

(and the fact that she got to meet Malcolm X... wow. I wish he were still alive... :( )

9/09/2005 10:50:00 PM  

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