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Amerasia Journal 1.2 (July, 1971)
Amerasia Journal 1.2 (1971)
"Amerasia Journal is a quarterly publication of the Yale Asian American Students Association."
Issue contains an advertisement for Bridge: the Asian American Magazine.
Annotated Table of Contents
- "A Buried Past: Early Issei Socialists and the Japanese Community" by Yuji Ichioka. Yuji Ichioka taught at UCLA at the time, and is credited with coining the term "Asian American." This is a historical essay focusing on early Japanese settlers. "This essay will examine the early Issei socialists and anarchists in the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno and a related lese-majeste affair which occurred in Bakersfield in 1911."
- "The Unending War of Iva Ikuko Toguri D'Aquino: The Trial and Conviction of 'Tokyo Rose'" by David A. Ward. A fascinating account of the trial of a Nissei woman who ended up broadcasting in English for the Japanese side during World War II. After an American journalist interviewed her for a major magazine, she was arrested and convicted of treason, becoming the first American woman ever convicted of treason.
- "Chinese-American Personality and Mental Health" by Stanley Sue and Derald W. Sue. Two psychologists conceptualize a series of 'types' and offer case studies for Chinese American young people -- the 'Traditionalist' (who attempts to adhere to Chinese values), the 'Marginal Man' (who attempts to assimilate and negates the Chinese part of their heritage), and the 'Asian American.' The latter is the most interesting: "Since he is in the process of self-definition, the Asian American is much harder to define. [...] [T]he Asian-American tries to formulate a new identity by integrating his past experiences with his present condition. Unquestioning obedience to parents is too painful; racism is too pervasive to ignore; and pride in self is too underdeveloped."
- "New York Chinatown" by Warner Wada. Photo Essay.
- Book Review of The Indispensable Enemy: Labor and the Anti-Chinese Movement in California by Alexander Saxton (University of California Press, 1971). Review by Lowell Chun-Hoon
- Book Review of The Heathen Chinee: A Study of American Attitudes Toward China, 1890-1905. By Robert McClellan. Review by Lowell Chun-Hoon.
The issue contains an advertisement for a new journal in New York City: Bridge: the Asian-American Magazine:
From China we have tossed across a wondrous sea
If not ourselves, our forefathers
And landed in this foreign world
Where we have found a joke
A pilgrim who stays and eats in the house
Becomes not one of the family
one day he has to pack his bags
And where does he go from here?
--Yvonne Lai (student)
"Culturally I will always be a Chinese."
--Fred Wu (statistician)
"I feel like a schizophrenic."
--Siu Mann Chinn (student)
"We are confronted with a growing with a growing amount of work in being alert for Chinese-Americans and others in this country who would assist Red China in supplying needed material for promoting Red Chinese propaganda."
--J. Edgar Hoover (Director, FBI)
"I am a Chinese and I am an American. I'm proud to be both."
--Helen Lee (graphic designer)
When Cultures collide, the cost of human adjustment is often high. Acculturation has confused our identity. We have been stereotyped by the white society and many of us have internalized these false images.
We know that many of you share our concern. The idea for Bridge Magazine came about because we believe in an objective and collective effort to seek solutions. We do not have the answer, nor do we pretend to have it, but we believe that through nation-wide presentation of the pressing issues, we can stimulate involvement and interaction. Together we can explore the problems and find the solutions.
Amerasia Journal (1971-present)
Though it was started as an academic journal rather than a little magazine, Amerasia Journal very much fits into the pattern of publications described on this site.
The original staff included Lowell Chun-Hoon (first editor in chief), Don Nakanishi (first publisher), and a number of Yale University students who were involved in the Yale University Asian Americans Students Association. Within a few months of its founding, Amerasia Journal was relocated to the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA. Starting with Amerasia Journal 1.3, the journal was for two years was a joint publication of the Yale Asian American Students Association and UCLA. UCLA's Asian American Center took primary control of the journal in 1973 and continues to publish and house the journal to this day.
From its earliest issues, there is considerable interaction with writers involved in other Asian American magazines. Warren Furutani, who regularly wrote for Gidra, was interviewed in Amerasia 1.1. Yuji Ichioka, a faculty member at UCLA who also published in Gidra, published an essay on early Issei settlers in Amerasia Journal 1.2. Linda Shin's essay on "Koreans in America, 1903-1945" (Amerasia 1.3) was republished in Roots: An Asian American Reader in 1971. And the same issue of Amerasia Journal also contained a review of an anthology published by students at UC Berkeley, simply identified as Asian Women.
Over time, the provocative style adopted by many writers in early issues of Amerasia Journal (see especially the essays by Ben R. Tong) gave over to a more professionalized academic style. In its first three years, however, Amerasia Journal had a pronounced activist slant despite its status as the most 'academic' of the new Asian American magazines.