Ling Woo Liu

Ling Woo Liu is the first director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education. Prior to her current role, she spent five years in Asia, where she worked as a reporter and video producer for TIME magazine and in Hong Kong, as well as an anchor and reporter for China Central Television in Beijing. Ling is the director of Officer Tsukamoto, a documentary film about the unsolved murder of a Japanese American police officer in Berkeley in 1970.

Updated January 2011

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Celebrating Fred Korematsu Day

January 30 marks a historic occasion. That day, we will celebrate California’s first Fred Korematsu Day, the first day in the US named after an Asian American. Like other such days, this milestone has been a long time coming.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day federal holiday into law, but only after six million petition signatures had pressured Congress to pass the bill. In 1997, the state of Michigan became the first state to sign into law Rosa Parks Day, to be celebrated on the first Monday following February 4, Mrs. Parks’ birthday ...

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