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On the Same Page 2022: Interior Chinatown

UC Berkeley's On the Same Page program gives new students (and everyone else!) at Cal something to talk about

Chinese Americans and Social Justice

Despite the enduring stereotypes of Asians as passive or silent, Chinese Americans have had a long history of activism from the 19th century to the present. Chinese railroad workers organized against unfair conditions and Chinese immigrants protested discrimination in acts of collective civil disobedience in response to legislation such as the Geary Act (1892). In the 1960s, Chinese Americans built pan-Asian coalitions with other Asians like Japanese Americans and Filipino Americans, for example, and began to call themselves "Asian Americans," a term that began to be used by members of the Asian American Political Alliance at UC Berkeley. "Asian American" was a political identity, indicating that diverse Asian communities shared common goals and struggles in the United States. Learn about some of the ways that Chinese Americans have fought against social injustice in these works. 

Examples of Books