A/P/A Collections at NYU

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection of Japanese American Newspapers (TAM 688)

The Japanese American Newspapers Collection contains 18.6 linear feet of publications from fifteen different Japanese American newspaper titles dating from the mid-1940s through 2014. The collection includes extended runs of Hokubei Shimpo and New York Nichibei, as well short runs of regional papers and international editions of Japanese newspapers from the late twentieth century. The material gat Read more

Gloria Wong Chung Papers and Photographs (TAM 559)

Dr. Gloria Wong Chung (1925-2007), a leader in the struggle for healthcare and empowerment in New York City’s Chinatown and one of the first female Asian/Pacific American psychiatrists, was born in Taishan, Guangdong Province.  In 1929, she and her family came to the United States, settling in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Dr. Chung graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1948, and f Read more

Soh Daiko Records (TAM 634)

Formed in 1979, Soh Daiko is the first taiko group on the East Coast. At the time of its founding, Soh Daiko and taiko (drumming) offered a striking and powerful rebuff to the notion that Japanese women were “quiet.” Taiko has deep roots in Japan but is relatively new to North America. It was first introduced in San Francisco in 1968 by drum master Seiichi Tanaka and has since proliferated to more Read more

Rocky Chin Papers (WAG 325)

Rocky Chin is a civil rights attorney and community leader long engaged in labor and human rights advocacy. Born in Washington D.C., Chin earned his BA at Lehigh University, MA at Yale University, and JD at the University of Southern California. He was appointed to be the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) in 2007, and pre Read more

Peeling Records (TAM pending)

Peeling (1995-2005) was a New York City-based collective of writers, performers, directors and producers. Using autobiography as a departure point, their collaborations were an exploration of contemporary Asian American identities through the development of original theater work. Originally founded in 1995 as “Peeling the Banana” by director/performer Gary San Angel at the Asian American Writers’ Read more

New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) Records (WAG 319)

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) is a union fighting for structural change in the taxi driving industry, ranked by the Department of Labor as the most dangerous job in the country. Founded in 1998 by members of the Lease Drivers Coalition (LDC), an advocacy project of the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV), the NYTWA supports individual drivers by providing comprehensive servi Read more

Newark Chinatown Collection [of Yoland Skeete] (TAM 614)

Founded in 1993, the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center serves as a platform for artists around the world to connect with communities in Newark and supports emerging and established artists through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, workshops, and residencies. Its programming includes an annual exhibition, “Havana/Newark,” which features works of Cuban artists living in Havana, and its African Art Read more

May Chen Papers (WAG 301)

May Chen (1948- ) is a labor organizer who has been actively engaged in outreach and advocacy for immigrant workers for more than twenty years. Born and raised in Boston, she received her BA from Radcliffe College and her MA in Education at UCLA. Her involvement in the labor movement began in 1983 with her membership in Local 23-25 and her work on the ILGWU Immigration Project. The first union-ini Read more

Asia Pacific Forum Records (TAM 629)

Broadcasting on WBAI 99.5 FM, Asia Pacific Forum (APF) is a progressive pan-Asian radio show based in New York City focusing on culture and politics. APF’s broadcasts cover underreported stories from Asia and Asian America and explore topics such as activism, civil and human rights, foreign policy, immigration, history, labor, literature, pop culture, and the performing arts. It was founded as Read more

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Records (WAG 324)

Established as a formal entity within the AFL-CIO in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) was envisioned as an organization that would address a number of pressing needs within the A/PA community by educating laborers, promoting political education and voter registration, and training and mentoring A/PA leaders within the labor movement and greater community. The founders recogn Read more

Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC) Records (TAM 613)

The Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC), founded in 1974 as the Asian American Dance Theatre (AADT), is one of the oldest community arts organizations in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Partners Robert (Bob) Lee, an art curator and author, and Eleanor Yung, a choreographer and acupuncturist, established AAAC to promote Asian American art and support Asian American artists and their work. Important AAAC in Read more

Midori Shimanouchi Lederer Papers (TAM 596)

Midori Shimanouchi Lederer (1923-2005), founder of Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI), was a film producer’s assistant, publicist and later community activist who worked to fill gaps in social services for the aged in the United States and Japan. Born and raised in Fresno, California, Shimanouchi was interned with her family in Topaz, Utah after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A stud Read more

Jack G. Shaheen Collection on Arabs in U.S. Film and Television (TAM 535) (VIDEOS 15)

Born in 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen has dedicated his career to identifying and contesting damaging stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in American media. He also has connected their development to the portrayals of other marginalized groups including Jews, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and African Americans. His research analyzes the origins of these visual ca Read more

George Yuzawa Papers (TAM 442)

George Katsumi Yuzawa (1915-2011) was born on February 21, 1915, in Los Angeles, California. A Nisei (second-generation Japanese American), George's Issei (immigrant) parents named their son after the first president of their adopted country, George Washington, whose birthday was a day later on February 22nd. His parents, Tamasaburo "James" and Bun "Mary" Yuzawa, emigrated to the United States fro Read more

Isaku Kida and Emi Kida Papers (TAM 165)

Isaku Kida had come to the US to study theology in 1930, but grew increasingly interested in Communism during the Great Depression. Isaku's politics drew the attention of the FBI after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was arrested and interned on Ellis Island. Isaku was taken out of incarceration when the Office of Strategic Services recruited Isaku for his language skills. Emi Kida (1908-2001) e Read more

Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) Records (TAM 357)

The Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) was pioneered by Midori Shimanouchi Lederer in 1981 to address the lack of social services for aging Japanese Americans with limited English language skills or little access to information about programs. JASSI quickly grew to encompass the needs of restaurant workers, students, recent immigrants, and those in need of counseling or other referral Read more

Tung Pok Chin and Wing Fong Chin Papers and Photographs (TAM 235)

Tung Pok Chin (1915-1988) was born in Tai-shan County in Guangdong, China and emigrated to the U.S. in 1934 as a "paper son" to circumvent the Chinese Exclusion Acts. He worked in laundries during his brief residence in Boston, and later established his own laundry business in Harlem and Brooklyn, New York, with the assistance of the Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance (CHLA). In his spare time, he stud Read more

Asian Women United Records and Photographs (TAM 320)

Asian Women United (AWU) was a New York City-based collective of Asian American women activists and educators that organized in 1978 when the Asian Women's Caucus was split into two groups. As seen in their statement of purpose, AWU worked "towards a society free from race and sex discrimination through the development of women as community leaders with an understanding of the Asian woman's issues Read more

Asian CineVision Records (TAM 416)

Asian CineVision (ACV) was founded in 1976 to increase access to film production equipment to Asian American communities and support aspiring Asian American independent media artists. ACV has primarily used the mediums of television, film, and print to promote Asian American culture and concerns. In 1977 ACV oversaw the creation of the first Chinese language news programming in the U.S.: Chinat Read more

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Records (TAM 321)

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) was founded in 1974 to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing. AALDEF was the first legal rights organization on the East Coast serving Asian Americans. The organization offers legal assistance and policy recommendations within every level of government across the n Read more

Karl Ichiro Akiya Papers (TAM 236)

Karl Akiya (1909-2001) was born in San Francisco and educated in Japan. Akiya, who was a vocal opponent of Japanese militarism, returned to the U.S. after his studies in 1931. Upon his return, he joined the Japanese American Citizens' League and organized kibei membership sections in California. After a brief internment at the Topaz concentration camp, Akiya was recruited into service as a languag Read more

The Fales Library & Special Collections

Tomie Arai Papers

Tomie Arai (1949- ) is a third generation Japanese American artist and activist who has been challenging the mainstream art community and advocating public and community art since the late 1960s and 1970s.  She was involved with the Basement Workshop, an Asian American artists’ collective, in the 1970s, and from there continued her community work as a resource center coordinator and mural director Read more

Shu Lea Cheang Papers (MSS 381)

Shu Lea Cheang (1954- ) is an installation artist, filmmaker, and media activist. Born in Taiwan, she graduated with a BA in history from the National Taiwan University in 1976 and later graduated with an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University in 1979. Cheang’s work has encompassed numerous formats and often covers politically charged subjects. In the early 1980s, she became involved with p Read more

EPOXY Art Group Archive (MSS 367)

New York City-based Asian American artists founded the artist collective EPOXY in 1982. The group takes its name from epoxy resin, a binding agent which forms through the combination of two different compounds, and their namesake serves as a symbol of their mission to create collaborative art. They believed that collaboration would create works that would be more than a singular contribution and w Read more

Martin Wong Papers (MSS 102)

Chinese American artist Martin Wong (1946-1999) was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  He graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art studio in 1968 and participated in the Bay Area’s performance art scene in the 1970s. After moving to New York in the early 1980s, he began focusing almost exclusively on painting. Wong is best known for his city Read more

Larry Hama Comic Book Collection (MSS 337)

Legendary comic book writer and artist Larry Hama (b. 1949) is recognized for his lasting contributions to American comic books and popular culture in general. He is the creative force behind titles like G.I. Joe, The ‘Nam, and Bucky O’Hare, but his creative influence extends to other titles and fields. A third generation (sansei) Japanese American, Hama was born in Manhattan and raised in Quee Read more

William F. Wu Comics Collection (MSS 244)

William F. Wu is a Chinese American science-fiction writer who has published thirteen novels and more than fifty short stories. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Wu attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, and later returned to earn his Ph.D. in American Culture. During this time, he became active in East Wind, an Asian American student group. His doctoral dissertation titled The Yell Read more

Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection (MSS 292)

The Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection, which was made possible in large part by a donation in memory of Dr. Wei Yu Chen, contains over 10,000 items of Asian Americana that trace the representation of Asians and Asian Americans in American popular, political, academic, and literary media. Yoshio Kishi, a New York-born film editor, writer, and book-dealer assembled this extensive array Read more

Godzilla Asian American Art Network Archive (MSS 166)

Godzilla was founded in 1990 to stimulate dialogue in Asian American visual art across generations and disciplines for New York-based pan-Asian and Pacific Islander American artists and art professionals. Godzilla sponsored public programs such as exhibitions, lectures, and symposia to establish a forum that would foster networking and mutual support among the community. Godzilla served as a platf Read more

Yun Gee Papers (MSS 144)

Yun Gee, born near Canton, China in 1906, was a modernist painter of some acclaim. At the age of 15, he arrived in San Francisco and enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute. He later studied at the California School of Fine Art under Gottardo Piazzoni and Otis Oldfield. In 1926, Gee turned his attention to avant-garde painting, renouncing his classical training. He went to Paris to pursue his Read more