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Did you know a white Harvard dropout from the Upper East Side of NYC started one of the first Asian American studies programs in the country? Alexander Saxton, who helped establish UCLA’s Asian American studies program in the 1970s, died last week at the age of 93. [NYT]
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It’s difficult to believe even as we write the words: Our friend John Delloro died suddenly on Saturday from a heart attack. He was 38.
Like our cohort Phil, we met John this year when he invited us to speak to his freshman Asian American Studies students at UCLA (God bless him, he was the first professor ever to cite us on a final exam). We instantly knew that John was a special person, pure soul and our brother from another mother–and we can only imagine the loss felt right now by those that have known and loved him longer. We only wish we’d had the pleasure.
John is certainly overdue for the honor of Amazian of the Week. In addition to his work in academia, he was a community leader, and a longstanding activist for labor unions and immigrant rights: he ran the Dolores Huerta Labor Institute, co-founded the Pilipino Workers Center of Southern California, sat on boards for the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance and PWC, and organized for the SEIU as well as a number of other union groups. Never without action, he defined the word “activist.” And hell, with all those jobs and achievements, he also defined “Amazian.” No Hardass Asian Parent would disagree with that.
Since he was a reader and supporter of this site, we think that John would have been happy to see himself honored as this week’s Amazian. He would have probably wanted us to write more jokes in the post, but right now we just can’t seem to muster any.
We hold his family and friends in our thoughts, and know that right now he’s smiling that warm smile somewhere up in the sky.
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Historian Him Mark Lai passed away at the end of May at the age of 83. Educated as an engineer, Lai taught the first course in Chinese-American history in 1969 and was known as “the dean of Chinese-American studies.” Bi-literate in English and Chinese, he wrote over 100 essays and 10 books, including A History of the Chinese in California, a Syllabus and the sometimes heartbreaking Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940, a translation of poetry written by Chinese immigrants found scratched on the walls of the detention barracks there.
Being Asian-American is a funny thing. A lot of people talk about its “in-between-ness.” Then there are those who don’t seem to get that where we’re really “from from” is right here in America. Lai’s work, which included saving documents, newspapers, and letters from trash heaps and dumpsters and archiving them, was devoted to showing just that–how we got here, stayed here, and made “here” our home.