Asian Women United (AWU) was a New York City-based collective of Asian American women activists and educators. Organized in 1978 when the Asian Women’s Caucus split into two groups, 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 to communicate and promote the experiences and concerns of Asian American women. These events included a mother-daughter social, an Asian American concert, and various workshops. AWU also participated in International Women’s Day, the Women Working Together conference, Coalition of Asian Women’s Groups, and A/P/A Heritage festivals. The group took official stands on issues including abortion, the Immigration and Refugee Policy, and the Silver Palace Restaurant strike. Members included Goldie Chu, Aiyoung Choi, Liz Young, Susan Louie, Joyce Wong, Sokie Lee, Bonnie Wong, and many others.
The AWU Records include their newsletter, In Touch, flyers from events hosted by AWU and in partnership with related organizations, workshop and meeting notes, administrative files, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Also included in the collection are a variety of ephemera related to Asian American women’s issues. AWU’s records document strategies for empowerment and critique notions of women within Asian American communities.
The Asian Women United Oral History Collection is comprised of thirteen interviews that document the individual stories and contributions of members. These interviews were conducted by I-Ting Emily Chu (2007-9 Graduate Scholar in A/P/A Archives).
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.