Google Recognizes Kochiyama

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yuri kochiyama-googleThe search engine Google, which often commemorates notable events and individuals on its home page, displayed an image of the late Yuri Kochiyama on May 19 with the following explanation:

“It’s with great pleasure that Google celebrates Yuri Kochiyama, an Asian American activist who dedicated her life to the fight for human rights and against racism and injustice. Born in California, Kochiyama spent her early twenties in a Japanese American internment camp in Arkansas during WWII. She and her family would later move to Harlem, where she became deeply involved in African American, Latino, and Asian American liberation and empowerment movements.

“Today’s doodle by Alyssa Winans features Kochiyama taking a stand at one of her many protests and rallies.

“Kochiyama left a legacy of advocacy: for peace, U.S. political prisoners, nuclear disarmament, and reparations for Japanese Americans interned during the war. She was known for her tireless intensity and compassion, and remained committed to speaking out, consciousness-raising, and taking action until her death in 2014.”

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