Prisoners and Poetry

Commonalities Understanding Gidra's Context Gidra's Content Emergence of Graphics in Gidra Youth and Gidra Gidra Production Prisoners and Poetry

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There was a lot of poetry in there, yeah and some of it is pretty good. All of it is pretty interesting though, we even had some poetry from prisoners. ‘Cause there was you know a group that used to go visit Asian prisoners because they were the group that was being ignored in the prisons too ‘cause no one believed there was Asian who were imprisoned. You know, they really liked Gidra, a lot of the guys, they would take Gidra and pass it out to the prisoners, so they would write to us. You know, there was a period when there was a lot of articles, by people inside the joint as we called it.

Date: September 28, 2011
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Kris Kuromitsu, John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Asian American movement GIDRA identity poetry politics

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