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 of materials in diverse formats and mediums over the course of 40 years. This collection spans from the early 1800’s to the present and contains books, magazines, prints, posters, newspapers, advertisements, postcards, films, videos, audio recordings, comics, toys, and other ephemera. The Collection documents the stereotyped images of Asian Americans, as well as the Asian American activisms. The Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection provides unparalleled materials for the investigation of Asian American history and the history of Asians and Asian Americans in the white, hegemonic imagination.
To learn more about the contents of the Yoshio Kishi and Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection, located at the NYU Fales Library & Special Collection, view the collection’s finding aid and images from the collection on Flickr.