Asian Women United Records and Photographs

Asian Women United logoDate Range: 19772004
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-12-04
Creator: Asian Women United

History: Asian Women United (AWU) is 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 their Statement of Purpose says, AWU works “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 events that provided services to the Asian American community, including a mother-daughter social, an Asian American concert, and various workshops for Asian American women. AWU also participated in International Women’s Day, the Women Working Together conference, the Coalition of Asian Women’s Groups, and Asian-Pacific American Heritage festivals. AWU also took official stands on issues such as abortion, U.S. 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. In 1986 the organization became a social network, adopting a less formal structure with occasional reunions and less formal networks of communication in place of regular business meetings.

Sources: The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. “Guide to the Asian Women United Records.” Last modified August 2019.

 The materials in this collection include: the Asian Women United newsletter (In Touch), flyers from events hosted by Asian Women United, flyers from events done in coalition with other groups, workshop notes, meeting notes, administrative files, correspondence, and newspaper articles. The collection also the collected notes that would be put into IKON #9: The AWU Anthology. There are also select pamphlets about Asian-American and women’s issues, collected by AWU members. Two audiotape cassettes labeled, “Older Women in Community Politics – at Laura’s” are also part of the collection.

Total Size:
 1 linear foot
APA-related Size: 1 linear foot
Languages of materials: English
Arrangement: alphabetical
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive, New York University
Bibliographic Control: finding aid
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