History of the Asian American Civil Rights Movement
Asian Americans are Americans of Asian ancestry. The term refers to a panethnic group that includes diverse populations, which have ancestral origins in East Asia , South Asia , or Southeast Asia , as defined by the U. Census Bureau. Although migrants from Asia have been in parts of the contemporary United States since the 17th century, large-scale immigration did not begin until the midth century. Nativist immigration laws during the s—s excluded various Asian groups, eventually prohibiting almost all Asian immigration to the continental United States. After immigration laws were reformed during the s—60s, abolishing national origins quotas , Asian immigration increased rapidly. Analyses of the census have shown that Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial or ethnic minority in the United States.
Kat Chow. The perception of universal success among Asian-Americans is being wielded to downplay racism's role in the persistent struggles of other minority groups, especially black Americans. A piece from New York Magazine's Andrew Sullivan over the weekend ended with an old, well-worn trope: Asian-Americans, with their "solid two-parent family structures," are a shining example of how to overcome discrimination. An essay that began by imagining why Democrats feel sorry for Hillary Clinton — and then detoured to President Trump's policies — drifted to this troubling ending:. What gives?
The movement had come to a close by the late s. By watching African Americans expose institutional racism and government hypocrisy, Asian Americans began to identify how they, too, had faced discrimination in the United States. Black activism played a fundamental role in the launch of the Asian American civil rights movement, but Asians and Asian Americans influenced black radicals as well. A military veteran who spent his early years in an internment camp, Aoki donated weapons to the Black Panthers and trained them in their use. Like Aoki, a number of Asian American civil rights activists were Japanese American internees or the children of internees.