Asian American Little Magazines 1968-1974: By Amardeep Singh

Gidra 1.7

Another important issue of Gidra, with an announcement of the creation of Aion, and several essays and poems that would subsequently be reprinted in Roots: an Asian American Reader in 1971. 
Excerpt from Amy Uyematsu's "The Emergence of Yellow Power in America":

"Asian Americans can no longer afford to watch the black‐and‐white struggle from the sidelines. They have their own cause to fight, since they are also victims–with less visible scars–of the white institutionalized racism. A yellow movement has been set into motion by the black power movement. Addressing itself to the unique problems of Asian Americans, this "yellow power" movement is relevant to the black power movement in that both are part of the Third World struggle to liberate all colored people. The yellow power movement has been motivated largely by the problem of self‐identity in Asian Americans. The psychological focus of this movement is vital, for Asian Americans suffer the critical mental crises of having "integrated" into American society–

"No person can be healthy, complete, and mature if he must deny a part of himself; this is what "integration" has required so far.‐Stokely Carmichael & Charles V. Hamilton

"The Asian Americans' current position in America is not viewed as a social problem. Having achieved middle‐class incomes while presenting no real threat in numbers to the white majority, the main body of Asian Americans (namely, the Japanese and the Chinese) have received the token acceptance of white America. Precisely because Asian Americans have become economically secure, do they face serious identity problems. Fully committed to a system that subordinates them on the basis of non‐whiteness, Asian Americans still try to gain complete acceptance by denying their yellowness. They have become white in every respect but color. However, the subtle but prevailing racial prejudice that "yellows" experience restricts them to the margins of the white world. Asian Americans have assumed white identities, that is, the values and attitudes of the majority of Americans. Now they are beginning to realize that this nation is a "White democracy" and that yellow people have a mistaken identity.

"Within the past two years, the "yellow power" movement has developed as a direct outgrowth of the "black power" movement. The "black power" movement caused many Asian Americans to question themselves. "Yellow power" is just now at the stage of "an articulated mood rather than a program‐disillusionment and alienation from white America and independence, race pride, and self‐respect." Yellow consciousness is the immediate goal of concerned Asian Americans. In the process of Americanization, Asians have tried to transform themselves into white men‐both mentally and physically. Mentally, they have adjusted to the white man's culture by giving up their own languages, customs, histories, and cultural values. They have adopted the "American way of life" only to discover that this is not enough. (Emma Gee)

Column: "The Warren Report" (Warren Furutani)
Column: Mellow Yellow (R. Wu)

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