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 and concerns.” AWU hosted many events in hopes of communicating and promoting Asian American women’s experiences and concerns. These events include a mother-daughter social, an Asian American concert, and various workshops for Asian American women. AWU participated in the International Women’s Day, Women Working Together conference, Coalition of Asian Women’s Groups, and Asian/Pacific American Heritage festivals. AWU also took official stands on issues such as abortion, the Immigration and Refugee Policy, and the Silver Palace Restaurant strike. Members include Goldie Chu, Aiyoung Choi, Liz Young, Susan Louie, Joyce Wong, Sokie Lee, Bonnie Wong, and many others. The newsletters, pamphlets, publications, photographs, and writings in the AWU Records illustrate the development of empowering strategies and critiques within Asian American communities.
To learn more about the contents of the Asian Women United Records and Photographs, located at the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, view the collection’s finding aid.