In May 1968, the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA) was first formed at the University of California at Berkeley. Graduate student Yuji Ichioka and his Emma Gee sought to create the campus’ first pan-Asian American political organization. They were the first group to call itself Asian-American, a term proposed by Ichioka. With its inception in the context of the African American Civil Rights Movement the Black Panther Party and the Vietnam War, AAPA reflected the struggle that Asian Americans faced in coming to terms with their identities as members of the United States.
Over the course of the next two years, AAPA initiated the “yellow power” movement, educating and mobilizing students on the Berkeley campus in the summer of 1968.
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