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Lecture: Diane Fujino on Richard Aoki, Thursday, 2/9, 4 p.m.

February 8, 2012

Diane Fujino
Asian American Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara
Thursday, February 9, 2012
4:00 pm
Communications 226

Samurai among Panthers: The Narrative and Interpretive Histories of Richard Aoki

Richard Aoki, the most iconic figure of the Asian American Movement, was best known for his work in the Black Panther Party and Berkeley’s Third World strike. Based on extensive oral history and archival research, Diane Fujino shows how social structure and historical contexts profoundly shaped Aoki’s life, from his racial awakening in the internment camps of World War II, to his eagerness to join the army in a display of Cold War masculinity, to his political evolution from the Old Left to Black Power and Asian American radicalism. Fujino discusses the construction of Aoki’s compelling narrative and her analytic interpretations in her forthcoming book, Samurai among Panthers.

Diane Fujino is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her other books include Wicked Theory, Naked Practice: A Fred Ho Reader (2009) and Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama (2005).

Presented by the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest with support from the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

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