Richard Aoki, a founding member of the Black Panther Party. He was Japanese American. What many people fail to realize is that Asian Americans were just as involved in the Civil Rights Movement as African Americans. In watching African Americans expose institutional racism and government hypocrisy, Asian Americans began to identify the ways in which they, too, had faced discrimination in the U.S.
The Real Problem When It Comes to Diversity and Asian-Americans: The lack of Asian leadership in tech sheds light on a larger issue: Asians are excluded from the idea of diversity. Years ago… they used to think you were Fu Manchu or Charlie Chan. Then they thought you must own a laundry or restaurant. Now they think all we know how to do is sit in front of a computer.