Asian American Little Magazines 1968-1974: By Amardeep Singh

Yuji Ichioka (1936-2002)

Yuji Ichioka (1936-2002) was an Asian American historian from Berkeley, California. As a child he and his family were interned at a Japanese internment camp. Ichioka completed a Bachelors' degree at Columbia University and an M.A. at UC-Berkeley.

Ichioka is widely credited with coining the term "Asian American" in 1968. With Emma Gee, he co-founded the Asian American Political Alliance in the summer of 1968. The AAPA was involved in the students strikes at San Francisco State College and UC-Berkeley in 1968 and 1969. 

Ichioka also taught the first course in Asian American studies at UCLA, and is recognized as a co-founder of the Asian American Studies Center created at UCLA in 1969. Over the course of his career, Ichioka published several influential books of Japanese American history. 

Writings By Yuji Ichioka Referenced on this Site:

Gidra 2.1 (January 1970)
Amerasia 1.2 (Winter 1971)
Amerasia 2.1 (Fall 1973)

Yuji Ichioka Links:

Entry at Densho Encyclopedia
Entry on Yuji Ichioka (Wikipedia)
LA Times Obituary (2002)
Entry on Asian American Political Alliance (Wikipedia)
FBI File on the Asian American Political Alliance

Yuji Ichioka Papers at Online Archive of California

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