In the first issue of Gidra published in April 1969, activist Larry Kubota wrote: “Yellow power is a call for all Asian Americans to end the silence that has condemned us to suffer in this racist society and to unite with our black, brown and red brothers of the Third World for survival, self-determination and the creation of a more humanistic society.” A few years prior in 1965, the federal government had also passed immigration law that opened the gates to millions of new immigrants from Asia, many of whom had no knowledge that something like the Movement had existed.

Consider both the historical context in which the Asian American Movement operated, its objectives, and subsequent developments for newer Asian Americans communities in the decades that followed, and evaluate the relevance of Kubota’s goals for Asian American communities moving forward from the 1980s. Had their been more political continuity from the 1960s, would concepts developed during the Asian American Movement — self-determination, liberation, militant struggle — have been meaningful and relevant to Asian American communities in the following decades? Are those concepts relevant now?