Maintaining Vigor for Sustained Change in Asian American Issues

06-04-2021Tanya Raukko

Tanya first heard about Laureen Chew on the NPR Code Switch podcast episode “The Long, Bloody Strike For Ethnic Studies.” The episode described how more than 50 years ago, student organizers and activists at San Francisco State College changed higher education across the entire country by staging the longest student-led strike in U.S. history. The students fought for hiring more faculty of color and access to college for students of color. This 1969 protest led to the creation of SFSU’s College of Ethnic Studies (the only one in the U.S.) and other ethnic studies departments at colleges and universities nationwide.

Read the all-encompassing discussion between Laureen and Tanya of racial justice over the past fifty years HERE