Snapshots of Asian America: A Look at the Movement's Spirit and Legacy
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Chinatown Co-operative, 1972, display table at a park. As an alternative to company sewing factories and their exploitive conditions, community activists and workers ran a garment factory in the workers' interest using the co-operative, or "co-op" approach. The Chinatown Co-op took contract work, but also produced and sold denim versions of the then-popular Mao jacket.

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When We Wanted It Done, We Did It Ourselves


The movement struck a huge chord among young people because we stood for doing things differently. We rejected the idea that a society that clearly had no interest in our well being should define our social, political, and cultural life and needs. Determined to change this, our vision included reform, immediate needs, revolution, and what the future should be. "Serve the people" became a rallying cry.

We fought for, and forged, Ethnic Studies. To meet pressing community needs, we set up medical clinics, free breakfast programs, draft counseling, community advocacy groups, nutrition, children and youth programs, childcare, food giveaways, regular movie showings, senior drop-in centers, language and tutoring classes, and arts programs.

[01 Transforming Ourselves]     [02 Not Without Struggle]     [03 Serve the People]
[04 Listening to the Small Voice]     [05 The Big Picture]     [06 Revolution]
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