The 442nd Infantry was a unique facet of the US Army during the Second World War. It was a unit composed only of Asian Americans - a majority of which were of Japanese descent, many whose families were subject to internment despite their service. The 442nd fought solely in the Mediterranean and European theater where they were a self-sufficient force, fighting with uncommon distinction in Italy, southern France, and Germany during the war. The unit became the most highly decorated regiment…
Bruce Lee was much more than his movie star persona. He was a philosopher, artist, husband, father, and icon. His words were both creative and influential. And during his life he fought many stereotypes of Asian American men, showing strength and intensity but also intelligence and heart. He is an international icon whose image lives on and his words have just touched the surface of possibilities in today's world toward a more collective tomorrow.
RICHARD AOKI, who joined the Black Panther Party for Self Defense shortly after its founding in 1966 by his friends and fellow college students Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, displays a Black-Asian unity sign at a 1968 Black Panther rally.
In this installment of our “Conversations on Race” series for Op-Docs, Asian-Americans talk about how stereotypes unfairly confine them — particularly the one that brands them a “model minority.” As the subjects of our film explain, this perception not only devalues the experiences of other racial minorities, but it also renders the diverse experiences of Asian-Americans invisible.