September 4's Fact of the Week: 1975 NY Chinatown Riots

Amidst the Asian American movement, Asian Americans struggled for equal opportunities and civil rights intolerant to police brutality and harassment. Accordingly, in April 1975, police beat and arrested Peter Yew, an architectural engineer, during a minor traffic altercation in New York’s Chinatown. In the following months, Asian Americans for Equal Employment (AAFEE) protested the arrest to stop police racial subjugation and oppression. Thousands of protesters marched the mile from Chinatown to City Hall in a daring demonstration to incite change and political awareness. Furthermore, forums hosted later in the year educated communities about racism against Asian Americans.