From the Archive: Yuri Kochiyama on Organizing, Reparations and Malcolm X
On June 1, we lost one of our most iconic movement elders, Yuri Kochiyama. In her long career of activism, the indefatigable nisei freedom fighter mobilized for about half a century against racism and segregation, for peace and an end to US militarism, and for economic justice in the country’s most disenfranchised and marginalized communities. Her cross-cultural, cross-racial organizing work was thrust into the spotlight unexpectedly by her appearance in the famous photo of the scene of Malcolm X’s assassination, but she went on to blaze new trails in her own right. We now bring you an exclusive interview that Kochiyama did back in 2004 at age 83, just after she published her memoir, Passing it On, with APF alumnus and writer Andrew Hsiao. They are joined by Yuri’s granddaughter, who helped edit the memoir, for a special family perspective on what it was like growing up with this radical woman.
From the Archive: After the Death of Private Danny Chen
On Tuesday June 25, 2013 Community Board 3 in New York's Chinatown/Lower East Side passed a unanimous resolution in support of naming part of Elizabeth Street in Chinatown the "Danny Chen Way" - in honor of Private Danny Chen, the 19- year old U.S. army soldier who died after only six weeks in Afghanistan in 2011. A year and a half after Danny Chen's death, how is his family coping with the loss of their only child? How does the community assess the outcome of the court martial proceedings, and what is the legacy that Danny leaves behind? APF sat down with Danny's cousin Banny Chen and documentary filmmaker Mansee Kong.
UPDATE: In May 2014, Danny Chen Way was dedicated on a section of Elizabeth Street.
Banny Chen, cousin of Danny Chen, grew up with Danny since childhood. Since Danny's death, he has been the main translator and advocate for his family. He lives in Brooklyn New York and is a student at SUNY Buffalo.
ManSee Kong is a documentary filmmaker who has been documenting the case of Danny Chen since 2012. She creates and utilizes films/videos as a tool for social change. She has completed coursework towards an MFA in film directing & production at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and is a native New Yorker.
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