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Roots: An Asian American Reader (1971)
Anthology Published by UCLA Press and the UCLA Asian American Center
Roots: an Asian American Reader was published by the University of California-Los Angeles Press in 1971; it is described on its title page as "A Project of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center." It may be the first anthology of Asian American writing ever published. As such, it is remarkable for the range of topics and materials covered by authors in the collection -- from the "model minority" myth (which the editors are already challenging), to interracial dating, to media representations of Asians. Though the editors are apparently all of Japanese descent, there is also a notable attempt here to articulate a pan-ethnic, Asian American identity, with inclusion of materials by Chinese Americans, Korean Americans, Filipino Americans, and Native Hawaiians.
Roots was edited by Amy Tachiki, Eddie Wong, Franklin Odo, and Buck Wong. The introduction is by Amy Tachiki.
The volume contains a mix of academic essays, poetry, interviews conducted by the editors, journalistic accounts of current issues, and personal essays. Many of the texts included in the anthology are reprinted from other journals, including various issues of Gidra, Rodan, Amerasia Journal, Asian American Political Alliance Newspaper, Hawaii Free Press, and Kalayaan International.
Finally, the volume contains a list of "Movement Journals," including those listed above as well as Asian Women's Journal (published at UC Berkeley), Aion, Getting Together, and Hawaii Pono Journal.
Poems in the collection include:
"Roots" by Ron Tanaka (Gidra 1.8)
"From a Lotus Blossom Cunt" by Tomi Tanaka
"Revolution Point Zero: 1967 (or whatever)" by Mary Uyematsu
"Rapping With One Million Carabaos in the Dark" by Al Robles
"The Trouble With Losing Face is, you become invisible" by Marie Chung
"Stormy Weather" by Shin'ya Ono
"Asian Brother, Asian Sister" by Lawson Inada
"I hate my wife for her flat yellow face" by Ron Tanaka (from Gidra 1.6)
Essays of note include:
"Response and Change for the Asian in America: A Survey of Asian American Literature" by Bruce Iwasaki
"White Male Qualities" by Anonymous
"The Intolerance of Success" by Daniel Okimoto
"The Emergence of Yellow Power in America" by Amy Uyematsu (from Gidra 1.7)
"Am Curious (Yellow?)" by Violet Rabaya (from Gidra 1.7)
"The Failure of Democracy in a Time of Crisis" by Isao Fujimoto (from Gidra 1.6)
"Autobiography of a Sansei Female" by Anonymous
"A Brief Biographical Sketch of a Newly Found Asian Male" by Ron Low
"New York Chinatown Today: Community in Crisis" by Rocky Chin (from Amerasia Journal 1.1)
"Koreans in America, 1903-1945" by Linda Shin (from Amerasia Journal 1.3)
Book Review of Nisei: The Quiet Americans. by Yuji Ichioka (from Gidra 2.1)
GIs and Asian Women by Evelyn Yoshimura. (from Asian Women )
Full Table of Contents:Introduction, Amy TachikiSuccess Story of One Minority Group in America, U.S. News and World ReportThe Emergence of Yellow Power in America, Amy UyematsuThe Intolerance of Success, Daniel OkimotoAn Interview with S.I. Hayakawa, Editorial BoardThe Nature of G.I. Racism, Norman NakamuraG.I.’s and Asian Women, Evelyn YoshimuraThat Oriental Feeling, Irvin PaikSelective Acculturation and the Dating Process: the Patterning of Chinese â€“ Caucasian Interracial Dating by Melford WeissWhite Male Qualities‘I hate my wife for her flat yellow face,’ Ron TanakaGeneration and Character: the Case of the Japanese Americans, Stanford LymanChinese â€“ American Personality and Mental Health, Stanley Sue and Derald W. SueAn Interview with Harry Kitano, Editorial BoardResponse and Change for the Asian in America: a Survey of Asian American Literature, Bruce IwasakiRoots, Ron TanakaA Brief Biographical Sketch of a Newly Found Asian Male, Ron LowFrom a lotus blossom cunt, Tomi TanakaAm Curious (Yellow?), Violet RabayaRevolution point zero: 1967 (or whenever), Mary UyematsuAutobiography of a Sansei FemaleRapping with One Million Carabaos in the Dark, Al RoblesThe trouble with losing face is, you become invisible Marie ChungStormy Weather, Shin’ya OnoAsian Brother, Asian Sister, Lawson Inada
HistoryIntroduction, Buck WongCauses of Chinese Emigration, Pyau LingOne Hundred Years of Japanese Labor in the USA, Karl YonedaStrangers in the City; the Chinese in the Urban Frontier, Stanford LymanFilipino Immigration: the Creation of a New Social Problem, Violet RabayaKoreans in America, 1903 â€“ 1945, Linda ShinThe Failure of Democracy in a Time of Crisis, Isao FujimotoThe Cherishing of Liberty: the American Nisei, Bill HosokawaBook Review of Nisei: The Quiet Americans, Yuji IchiokaThe U.S. in Asia and Asians in the U.S., Franklin Odo with Mary Uyematsu, Ken Hanada, Peggy Li, Marie Chung CommunityIntroduction, Eddie WongAAPA PerspectivesUnderstanding AAPAAn Interview with Pat Sumi, Editorial BoardConcept of Asian American StudiesNeed for Awareness: an Essay on Chinatown San Francisco, Buck WongAsian Community CenterAn Interview with L. Ling-Chi Wang, Editorial BoardNew York Chinatown Today: Community in Crisis, Rocky ChinI Wor Kuen: twelve-point programAsian Women as LeadersThe Asian American Experience in Sacramento River Delta, Ken SuyamaSour Grapes: Symbol of Oppression, Phillip Vera CruzAn Interview with Phillip Vera Cruz, Editorial BoardInternational HotelFilipinos: a Fast Growing U.S. Minority â€“ Philippines Revolution, KALAYAAN Editorial CollectiveSave Kalama Valley â€“ HawaiiThis Land is Mine Raising the FistTourism: Decline of Aloha, Roy TsumotoHawaiian Homestead Struggle, Laura Alancastre and Gloria BurbageLittle Tokyo: Searching the Psat and Analyzing the Future, Jim H. MatsuokaAn Interview with Warren Furutani, Editorial Board J.U.S.T. PlatformList of Movement Journals