BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20120804T000000Z DTEND:20120804T000000Z DESCRIPTION:The first biography of Asian American activist and Black Panthe r Party member Richard Aoki!\n\nAn iconic figure of the Asian American Mov ement\, Richard Aoki (1938-2009) was also\, as the most prominent non-blac k member of the Black Panther Party\, a key architect of Afro-Asian solida rity in the 1960s and 70s. His life story exposes the personal side of pol itical activism as it illuminates the history of ethnic nationalism and ra dical internationalism in America.&nbsp\;\n\nA reflection of this intercon nection\, Samurai among Panthers weaves together two narratives: Aoki&rsqu o\;s dramatic first-person story and an interpretive history by a leading scholar of the Asian American Movement\, Diane C. Fujino. Aoki&rsquo\;s ca ndid account of himself takes us from his early years in Japanese American internment camps to his political education on the streets of Oakland to his emergence in the Black Panther Party. As his story unfolds\, we see ho w his parents&rsquo\; separation inside the camps and his father&rsquo\;s illegal activities shaped the development of Aoki&rsquo\;s politics. Fujin o situates his life within the context of twentieth-century history&mdash\ ;World War II\, the Cold War\, and the protests of the 1960s. She demonstr ates how activism is both an accidental and an intentional endeavor\, as w ell as how a militant activist practice can also promote participatory dem ocracy and social service.&nbsp\;\n\nThe result of these parallel voices a nd analysis in Samurai among Panthers is a complex&mdash\;and sometimes co ntradictory&mdash\;portrait of a singular extraordinary activist and an ex pansion and deepening of our understanding of the history he lived.&nbsp\; \n\nDiane C. Fujino is associate professor and chair of Asian American Stu dies at the University of California\, Santa Barbara. Her books about lead ing Asian American activists Yuri Kochiyama (Heartbeat of Struggle) and Fr ed Ho (Wicked Theory\, Naked Practice) are published by the University of Minnesota Press.\n\nFree with Museum admission.&nbsp\;Reservations recomme nded to or 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior.\n\n<a href= "" target="_blank"></a> SUMMARY:BOOKS & CONVERSATIONS: Samurai Among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race \, Resistance\, and a Paradoxical Life by Diane C. Fujino URL:/en/events/2012/08/04/books-conversations-samurai-among-panthers-ric/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR