Larry Hama Comic Book Collection

Larry Hama DrawingDate Range: 19672011
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2011-09-27
Creator: Hama, Larry

History: 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.

Charles Lai and Patricia Eng, East Coast Asian Student Union Collection

Date Range: 19781987
Survey Conducted: Mon, 2010-05-17
Creator: Lai, Charles and Eng, Patricia; East Coast Asian Student Union

History: Charles Lai was a founding member of the East Coast Asian Student Union (ECASU), a network of Asian American student groups based at east coast colleges and universities. Presently known as the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), ECASU formed at the Asian Student Unity conference held at Princeton University in 1978. Though it was established in the late 1970s, the organization claims roots in the protest movements of the 1960s – when the Civil Rights Movement and anti-Vietnam War protests inspired Asian Americans on campuses across the country to engage in political action. In its early years, ECASU promoted student activism among Asian Americans on various campuses. In addition, ECASU organized social and cultural events, worked to establish “Asian in America History Week,” and hosted College Days (college application informational and financial aid sessions) for high school students. Read more

Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) Records

Date Range: 19732010
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-10-26
Creator: Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS)

History: A community-based social service agency, the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) was founded in 1973 to serve New York’s Korean population. Focused on addressing the needs of immigrant and low-income individuals and families, KCS provides aging, community, and public health services. Read more

Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) Records

Date Range: 19902010
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-09-28
Creator: Korean American Family Service Center, The

History: Located in Flushing, Queens, the Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) is a community-based, non-profit organization that assists individuals impacted or potentially impacted by domestic violence, and, more generally, “supports and empowers adults, youth and children to lead safe and healthy lives based on dignity, compassion and mutual respect.” Established in 1989 by Sookja Bang, Elizabeth Jo, Heung Soon Kang, Kwanghee Kim, Kyung Hee Na and Sun Sook Oh, the organization was modeled after the Legal Aid Center for Women in Korea, which was founded by Dr. TaiYoung Lee. KAFSC was first located in office space donated by the Korean Methodist Church & Institute on West 115th Street in Manhattan.

Isaku Kida and Emi Kida Papers

KidaDate Range: 19452002
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-11-19
Creator: Kida, Emi; Kida, Isaku

History: Isaku Kida (1905-1996) immigrated to the United States from Japan in 1930 as a student of theology. Following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, he fell under the suspicion of the FBI for his growing interest in Communism. Arrested and interned at Ellis Island, he was subsequently released to work as a language instructor for the Office of Strategic Services. Nearing the end of WWII, Isaku became a business manager, and later, president of The Hokubei Shimpo(renamed New York Nichibei in 1945). During its run from 1945 through 1993, the paper documented the life of New York’s postwar Japanese American community, serving not only as a place to obtain community news but also as an important outlet for Asian American writers. A range of progressive causes from civil rights to women’s and gay rights found expression within its pages. In addition, the paper regularly documented developments in the Asian American Movement born in Chinatown in the late 1960s and 1970s, the Asian American arts movement, and the redress movement of the 1970s and 1980s.

Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) Records

Date Range: 20002009
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2009-02-11
Creator: Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)

 Founded in 1990, Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) is a membership-based organization dedicated to empowering gay, bisexual, and transgender Asian and Pacific Islanders through a range of social, educational, peer-support, cultural, and political activities. GAPIMNY works in coalition with other community organizations to help educate the API and LGBT communities on issues of race, sexuality, gender, and health. Read more

David Fender Papers

Date Range: 19521974
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2008-11-14
Creator: Fender, David

 David Fender was a member of the Socialist Workers party and a number of its political factions and offshoots. During the 1960s, he was the secretary to Peng Shu-tse and Chen Bilan, founding members of the Chinese Communist Party and Trotskyist movement who were forced into exile in 1948. Chen and Peng spent most of their exile in France as leaders of the Fourth International, a Trotskyist organization with members in Canada, Italy, Britain, Sri Lanka, France and elsewhere. Fender, also a member of this movement, served as their secretary during this time. Peng and Chen moved to California in 1973, where Peng died.

Summary: The collection contains extensive correspondence, manuscripts and articles, subject files and records of the Fourth International. Of particular significance are materials related to Fender’s role as secretary for Peng Shu-tse and Chen Bilan. These materials include articles by and about Peng and Chen as well as correspondence and interviews with them. Reports and statements written by Peng are also included.

Total Size: 2 linear feet
APA-related Size: 1 linear foot
Languages of materials: English and French
Arrangement: other
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Bibliographic Control: inventory
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Tung Pok Chin and Wing Fong Chin Papers

Tung Pok ChinDate Range: 18752003
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Chin, Tung Pok, d.1988; Chin, Wing Fong b.1928

History: Tung Pok Chin (1915-1988) was born in Tai-shan County in Guangdong, China and immigrated to the U.S. in 1934 as a “paper son” to circumvent the Chinese Exclusion Acts. He worked in laundries during brief periods of residence in Boston and Rhode Island, and later established his own laundry business in Brooklyn, New York, with the assistance of the Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance (CHLA). In his spare time, he studied English, read Chinese literature, and wrote prose and poetry. In 1937, he contacted Dr. Ralph E. Pickett, then Associate Dean of New York University’s School of Education, about admission to NYU. Although he was not eligible for admission, Dr. Pickett strongly supported his efforts at self-education, and, over the years, sent him many books and references to further his literary and other interests. As their correspondence attests, the two men shared a friendship and correspondence that would last a lifetime.

May Chen Papers

Date Range: 19892005
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2009-02-20
Creator: Chen, May Ying

 May Chen (1948- ) is a labor organizer who for more than twenty years has been actively engaged in outreach and advocacy for immigrant workers. Born and raised in Boston, MA, she received her BA from Radcliffe College and her MA in Education at UCLA. While in California, she worked as a high school and adult education teacher, wrote for the A/PA publications Gidra and Roots, founded a day care center that employed mainly immigrant women, and taught Asian and Asian American Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Chen’s involvement in the labor movement began in 1983 with her membership in Local 23-25 and her work on the ILGWU Immigration Project beginning in 1984. The first union-initiated legal advocacy department for immigrant workers, the Immigration Project assisted thousands of union members in application for U.S. citizenship, sponsorship petitions on behalf of relatives, and legalization under the “amnesty” clause of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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.