Robert Lee and Eleanor Yung Papers, Asian American Arts Centre Collection

Date Range: 19682001
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2011-01-25
Creator: Lee, Robert (b.1944) and Yung, Eleanor (b.1946); Asian American Arts Centre

History: Partners Robert Lee, an author and curator, and Eleanor Yung, a choreographer and acupuncturist, were both involved in establishing the Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC). In addition to the AAAC, Lee and Yung have held leadership roles in national and New York City-based Asian American cultural and political organizations, dedicating their careers to supporting Asian American artists and their work. Read more

Yoshio Kishi/ Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection

charliechanDate Range: 17002005
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Kishi, Yoshio (1932-2012)

History: Yoshio Kishi (1932-2012) is an award-winning New York City-based film and sound editor whose credits include such classics as Jerry Schatzberg’s “Panic in Needle Park” (1971), Alan Parker’s “Fame” (1980), Martin Scorcese’s “Raging Bull” (1980), and Wayne Wang’s “Dim Sum” (1985). For four decades, Kishi has been an avid collector of materials that trace the depiction of Asian Americans in U.S. intellectual and popular culture and of materials produced by Asian American activists to counter such stereotypical images. His compulsion for collecting Asian Americana began in the mid-1960s when, in the midst of thinking about his identity, he began to regret not knowing more about his ethnic heritage.

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.

Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) Records

Date Range: 19812006
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI)

History: The Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) was formed in 1981 by Midori Shimanouchi Lederer to address the lack of social services for aging Japanese Americans with limited English language skills and little access to information about social service programs. Starting with a staff of three workers, JASSI quickly grew to encompass assistance for a broad range of needs, including legal and immigration issues and family problems, expanding beyond just elder Japanese Americans. Currently the only professional social services agency for the Japanese community on the East Coast, the organization provides information or referral services to a wide range of Japanese Americans, including restaurant workers, students, recent immigrants, and those in need of counseling or other referral services in the New York area.

Japanese American Help for the Aging Records

jahfaDate Range: 19761994
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2009-03-13
Creator: Japanese American Help for the Aging

History: Japanese American Help for the Aging (JAHFA) was a non-profit organization and standing committee of the Japanese American Association (JAA) that provided health, educational, informational, language, and social services to the elderly Japanese community in New York City. In 1972, representatives from seven Japanese American organizations joined together to form the Ad Hoc Committee of Concerned Asians, which aimed to investigate the needs of the underserved elderly Japanese population in the area. The organizations included Asian Americans for Action, Japanese American Association of New York, Inc., Japanese American Citizens League, Japanese American United Church, New York Buddhist Church, Niko Niko Club, and United Asian Communities Center, Inc. In June 1972, the Committee sent questionnaires to people of Japanese descent over the age of fifty to assess their social service needs. While other organizations, including the Welfare Committee of the Japanese American Association of New York and the Committee of Social Concerns of the Japanese American United Church, were providing similar services at the time, their outreach was limited to their membership. Read more

Japanese American Association of New York Collection

Date Range: 18932009
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2009-03-13
Creator: Japanese American Association of New York

History: The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc (JAA) is a nonprofit organization serving the Japanese and Japanese American community through a variety of activities, including social services, education, scholarships and cultural events. JAA was founded in 1907 as the Japanese Mutual Aid Society (Nihonjin Kyosaikai) by Dr. Toyohiko Takami. The organization’s first major project was to purchase land in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Queens in 1912 to provide a burial plot for Japanese Americans. In 1914, the organization became the Japanese Association of New York (New York Nihonjinkai), under which name it continued until World War II. The organization was dissolved during World War II but reconstituted shortly thereafter, serving largely as a relief organization. Through the American Friends Service Committee’s Licensed Agency for Relief in Asia (LARA), it sent food and clothing to Japan. As conditions in Japan improved, the organization turned its attention towards local needs, merging with the Japanese American Welfare Society in 1952 to form the Japanese American Association of New York.

Leo Hershkowitz Collection

Date Range: 17001950
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2008-11-13
Creator: Hershkowitz, Leo

 The Leo Hershkowitz Collection was created by Leo Hershkowitz, a New York City historian, who collected the materials from various sources. Hershkowitz is a long-time professor at Queens College and a recognized expert on New York Jewish history from its earliest origins up to the period before the mass migrations of the 19th century. The collection represents a lifetime of scholarship and collecting.

Summary: The collection consists largely of primary documents from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries relating to the social history of New York City. Of particular significance are materials which document popular attitudes and contain depictions of Asians and Asian Americans. These include five copies of Secret Service, a dime novel series, are set in New York City in the early part of the century. They include issues such as “The Brady’s Chinese Trail; or, the Hunt for the Wooden Idol” and “The Bradys and Hop Toy; or Working for the Mayor of Chinatown.” Also included are illustrations from Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper which depict Chinese and Japanese American life and work in New York City and San Francisco. There are also illustrations which depict a ball in honor of the visit of the Japanese Embassy in June 1860, as well as scenes in Japan and China. A total of fifteen pages, ranging in date from 1860 to 1900, are present.

Total Size: 210 linear feet
APA-related Size: 1 linear foot
Arrangement: other
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive, New York University
Bibliographic Control: inventory
Conditions Governing Access: Contact repository for detailed information on conditions governing access.

EPOXY Art Group Records

EPOXY pic 1Date Range:
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2011-07-21
Creator: EPOXY/Ming Fay

 Epoxy was an Asian American artists’ collective founded in 1982. Like other alternative art movements in New York City, it was a response to the arts establishment at the time. Founded by artists originally from Hong Kong such as Bing Lee, Eric Chan, Chung Kang Lok, Jerry Kwan, Ming Fay and Kwok, membership later included artists like Zhang Hongtu and Andrew Culver who were from other countries. Read more

Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College Records

Date Range: 19492010
Survey Conducted: Mon, 2010-07-19
Creator: Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College

History: The Asian/American Center (A/AC) at Queens College, City University of New York, is committed to producing and supporting community-based research on the diverse populations that make up the Asian diaspora in the Americas. Founded in 1987, the A/AC organizes research projects, conferences, and seminars, in addition to publishing a series of working papers by academics and community leaders, all of which examine the history and other aspects of Asian American experiences. The A/AC also works to support Asian American Studies. In 2010, for the first time at Queens College, the A/AC began offering courses in the field, allowing students to minor in Asian American Studies. The A/AC is also building a new resource lounge, which will house multimedia materials on Asian Americans.

Asian Women in Business Records

Date Range: 19952010
Survey Conducted: Mon, 2009-02-23
Creator: Asian Women in Business

 The non-profit organization, Asian Women in Business (AWIB), was founded in 1995 to provide resources and support for Asian women entrepreneurs. AWIB hosts workshops, seminars, conferences, and networking events to support the development of Asian women in business and since its founding has served over 27,000 women and people of color through its programming.Driven by a desire to increase the number of women and minority owned businesses, AWIB sponsors an annual Procurement Conference, at which minority women business entrepreneurs have the opportunity to establish relationships with corporate and government buyers, as well as an annual Asian Women’s Corporate Leadership Conference and Leadership Awards Ceremony and Dinner. To encourage young Asian women to attend college and assume leadership positions, AWIB awards an annual academic scholarship. Read more