The author reflects on her decades of cultural and political activism in the fight for Ethnic Studies—from her role in the 1969 Third World Strike at UC Berkeley, to her community activism after her graduation, to her participation in the fiftieth anniversary of the strike, including a transcription of her speech at the event.
Cultural/Political Activism and Ethnic Studies (1969–2019)
Victoria Wong is co-founder of the Asian American Political Alliance, activist of the Third World Strike at UC Berkeley, and independent scholar. She participated in a variety of movements, including the struggle to save the International Hotel and Manilatown, and co-founded the May 4th Singers, the first Asian American cultural group. In the 1980s, she adapted her poem “So long, Susy Wong” into a song that was recorded with the band Repeat Offenders. She authored the Pacific Basin Reports The Global Struggle for Oil (1973) and co-authored What Have Women Done? United Front Press (1971); Chinese WorkingPeople in the US: A Pictorial History, United Front Press (1972); and Stand Up: An Archive Collection of the Bay Area AsianAmerican Movement 1968–1974, Eastwind Books of Berkeley (2009).
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Victoria Wong; Cultural/Political Activism and Ethnic Studies (1969–2019). Ethnic Studies Review 1 October 2019; 42 (2): 151–157. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/esr.2019.42.2.151
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