Issue contains an advertisement for Roots: An Asian American Reader.
Table of Contents:
- "The Ghetto of the Mind: Notes on the Historical Psychology of Chinese America" by Ben R. Tong. A response to Stanley Sue and Derald Sue's essay in Amerasia Journal 1.2 on Chinese American characterology. Loosely structured and somewhat unfocused points of critique.
- "Koreans in America, 1903-1945" by Linda Shin. Republished in Roots: An Asian American Reader. A detailed historical essay describing early Korean immigration in Hawaii and the West Coast, gesturing towards the end to more recent waves of immigration.
- "The Chinatown Sweatshops: Oppression and an Alternative" by Dean Lan
- "An Interview with Dr. S.I. Hayakawa, President, San Francisco State College. Reprinted from Roots: An Asian American Reader. S.I. Hayakawa was President of San Francisco State during the momentous Third World Liberation Front strike. Hayakawa, a Nissei Japanese-American himself (and old enough to remember the internment experience), opposed the strikes and the advent of ethnic studies. He has what might be described as an assimilationist, "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" mentality. His views and actions were ferociously criticized by Gidra; there is also an interview with him in Roots: An Asian American Reader. This interview might be understood as friendly in the sense that the editorial staff gives Hayakawa an opportunity to express his views and describe his personal background.
Representative quote from Hayakawa: "Your parents (your parents' generation) cease to be Japanese pretty much. They got themselves assimilated, they got themselves elected to the Westwood Rotary Club, to Livngston Kiwanis; they just became members of the community in the largest sense. They were still buddies, but in a sense they weren't aggressively Japanese. Then the Sansei or certain element among the Sansei started whooping it up all over again about being Japanese at a time when their parents have damned near forgotten about it. This is sort of a revival of racial consciousness that your parents' generation spent a lot of time trying to overcome." (65)
- Book Review of Asian Women, Published by students at UC-Berkeley, 1971. Review by Lowell Chun-Hoon. A sympathetic review of an independent, student-produced anthology published at Berkeley (not an official UC Press publication).
Chun-Hoon quotes Emma Gee from the Asian Women anthology as follows:
"Many Sansei today are decrying the image of the 'Quiet American' with some measure of justification. yet amid the clamor for social change, accompanied at times by loud political rhetoric, we should not disparage the quiet fortitude of these Issei women. In America quietness and modesty tend to be equated with weakness, but with these Issei women quietness and modesty are sure signs of strength."