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Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama

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On February 12, 1965, in the Audubon Ballroom, Yuri Kochiyama cradled Malcolm X in her arms as he died, but her role as a public servant and activist began much earlier than this pivotal public moment. Heartbeat of Struggle is the first biography of this courageous woman, the most prominent Asian American activist to emerge during the 1960s. Based on extensive archival res ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 24th 2005 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Dec 09, 2007 Owen rated it it was amazing
I'd been meaning to read this book since I read the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Yuri was a friend, an ally and a huge fan of Malcolm, and he died in her arms.

When I first started the book I was a little bored by the methodology of the author - it seemed slow moving. But I came to appreciate that she took us moment by moment as Yuri transitioned from a patriotic, color-blind, liberal American (who's family was forced into internment camps during WWII) to a radical movement leader who fought firs
Feb 25, 2009 Davina rated it it was amazing
Malcolm X died on the arms of this woman, get up on it.
Aug 13, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing

Yuri Kochiyama is a famous Japanese American activist, well known for her tireless energy working and organizing in the movement for self determination in the Black and Asian American and Third World communities, in particular her support for political prisoners, and of course her close relationship to Malcolm X. In her biography, "Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama," professor Diane Fujino documents Yuri's life with amazing detail. Everything about Yuri is too uniqu
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Jan 02, 2015 Griffin Fujioka rated it it was amazing
A holistic depiction of Yuri's life that humanizes this extraordinary woman. The book was insightful in many areas including the Japanese-American struggle which took place during Yuri's young life, a number of political movements which Yuri found herself involved in ranging from the 1950s and continuing until her death and ends with an inspiring look into Yuri's later years. RIP Yuri Kochiyama.
Feb 15, 2008 Bart rated it really liked it
Diane Fujino writes a pretty great biography of Yuri Kochiyama, who is truly an amazing person, activist, and organizer. Fujino also provides a good background to the social movements in which Yuri was/is involved and some strong critiques on some of Yuri's current controversial ideas - such as feminism being for white women and creation of a black state made from the current southern United States (formerly indigenous land!).
May 26, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
I think it's sort of interesting the way that Diane Fujino approaches doing a biography. Her introduction is excellent because it really sets up the book. She lets Yuri tell a lot of the story by using the interviews, then she has this sort of dialogue about what she reads in between the lines.

Yuri's an amazing person, so it's also totally worth the read...

But I would love to see more work on Yuri!
Oct 21, 2008 Yvonne marked it as to-read
Just heard a great show on KPFA where Diane Fujino was interviewed, about her essay in a new book on Afro-Asian convergence in radical nationalist movements of the 1960s and 70s. I want to read more!!!
Mar 02, 2008 Owen rated it really liked it
long overdue biography of Yuri's life. I took off a star because Fujino's analysis, scattered through the book, get a little rambling and conjectural-
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Diane C. Fujino's research and teaching interests center on Asian American social movements, Japanese American radicalism, Afro-Asian solidarities, race and gender studies, and biography and oral history. Her study of legendary activist Yuri Kochiyama developed into the first biography of an Asian American woman activist, Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama (Minnesota P ...more
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