Amerasia Journal’s latest issue (39:3) marks the 30th anniversary of Chol Soo Lee’s release from Death Eow with a forum that reminds Asian American studies scholars and students of one of the first nationwide Asian American social movements.
Pan-Asian, multigenerational, and transnational in scope, the Free Chol Soo Lee movement rallied around Lee’s cause after he was falsely convicted of a 1973 San Francisco Chinatown gang murder. Coordinated with the help of Richard S. Kim (UC Davis), the Chol Soo Lee forum offers an excerpt of Lee’s memoir and retrospective commentaries by those who worked tirelessly to free him, looking back at an important yet underappreciated moment in the formation of an Asian American consciousness.
The UCLA Asian American Studies Center will commemorate the anniversary of Lee’s release with an event on Saturday, Dec. 7. Chol Soo Lee, K.W. Lee, and other key players in the movement will be in attendance.
The annual open topic issue includes the 2012-2013 Lucie Cheng Prize for outstanding graduate research, awarded to Linh Nguyen of UC San Diego for her essay “Recalling the Refugee: Culture Clash and Melancholic Racial Formation in Daughter from Danang.” The prize is named after the late Professor Lucie Cheng, former director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (1972-1987).
Featured in the issue are Michael Masatsugu’s essay tracing the life and career of Japanese American Beat Generation poet Albert Saijo as well as Hannah Nahm’s original short story centered on the relationship between a Korean immigrant mother and her schizophrenic son.
Published by UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center since 1971, Amerasia Journal is regarded as the core journal in the field of Asian American studies.