The Asian American Civil Rights Movement And The Vietnam War

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The Asian American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War are both major events in American history. The time that these two events occurred overlap each other some 20 years, some scholars even argued that the Vietnam War triggered the Asian American Movement. This research paper is dedicated to the further exploration of the links between the Vietnam War and the Asian American Movement. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Vietnam War and the Asian American Civil Rights Movement had great influence on each other, events including a sudden influx of Asian population into the United States, the end of Vietnam War, and racial discrimination towards Asians were all results of the movement and the war.
The Vietnam War is the longest war fought
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The Asian American Civil Rights Movement started in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The ongoing Civil Rights Movement contributed to the Asian American Movement greatly, for it had exposed the difference between the ideals that the United States was founded on and the reality, which is filled with racial discrimination. As the name itself suggests, the Asian American Movement was a movement that endorsed equal treatment for Asian Americans, activists and participants called for the equal opportunity of work, housing, and education. One of the major events during the Asian American Movement was the Confucius Plaza Protest, which was a protest for more jobs for Asian Americans. It was organized by the AAFE (Asian American For Equality). Many radical groups that were involved in the Asian American movement dissolved gradually after the end of the Vietnam War. There was no consolidated need to actively rally around for the equality anymore, the AAFE however, continued on until …show more content…
The anti-war notion amalgamated Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islanders, it brought them together. These different Asian ethnicities joined forces, formulated and embraced the “Asian American” identity. Activists of all different ethnicities pushed for the rejection of the “oriental” label. Incidents such as the Kingdome protest, which was a demonstration of resistance against the construction of a multi-purpose stadium near the International District of Seattle, shattered the stereotype that Asians are passive, and gave a whole different perspective on the proactivity of Asian Americans. The changed perspective of the general public is essential for the movement, for it granted the opportunity for Asian American activists to be taken seriously by the nation. Attracting more and more media coverage, attention, and support, the push against gentrification, demeaning stereotypes, racist hiring practices, and residential discrimination became much easier than

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