February 11/18's Fact of the Week

nwaz_01_img0029 Amidst the civil rights movement and rising activism with youths, Yuji Ichioka created the term “Asian American” and founded the Asian American Political Alliance to maintain a political identity designed to bring together people of different ethnicities and backgrounds to share a common voice to work together in solidarity to strive for change. The term was the first time that Asian Americans banded together their shared experience and identity to protest racism and discrimination in society. He was also the foremost scholar of Japanese American and Asian American history, and a founding member of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Professor Ichioka continued to inspire similar Asian American Studies departments around the country throughout his life.