Nonfiction. Photography. Asian & Asian American Studies. ROCKIN' THE BOAT is a photographic journey into the Asian American Movement from 1969 to 1974 by photojournalist Mary Uyematsu Kao.
Never-before seen photographs help tell the story of the beginnings of Asian America. From immigrant demonstrations in Chinatown to Japanese American protests against Japanese imperialism in partnership with U.S. imperialism to visiting the Movement in Denver, Chicago, and New York City—ROCKIN' THE BOAT is a reminder that today's struggles are rooted in the history of U.S. imperialism.
Born in the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena, Mary Uyematsu Kao attended UCLA during the struggle to establish Asian American Studies on campus. Kao worked for 30 years at AASC before retiring in 2018 and she is known for her graphic design work for AASC Press publications, especially Amerasia Journal. Recognized for her role as an activist as well as a photographer documenting Asian American community events in southern California and far beyond,
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