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Passing It On

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Passing It On is the account of an extraordinary Asian American woman who spoke out and fought shoulder-to-shoulder with African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Whites for social justice, civil rights, and prisoners and women's rights in the U.S. and internationally for over half a century. A prolific writer and speaker on human rights, Kochiyama h ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press
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May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: students & youth of social movements; those needing inspiration through life's passages
This book is part memoir, part scrapbook thanks to Yuri’s skills in keeping detailed track of people and causes—and her family offering up their Harlem apartment as watering hole, crash pad and crossroads for countless activists and movements. The memoir draws from Yuri’s firsthand accounts and records the Kochiyama Family donated to UCLA via Asian American Studies; it is edited by Daughter Audee Kochiyama-Holman, Granddaughter Akemi Kochiyama-Sardinha, and Scholar Marjorie Lee.

Yuri covers the
Sep 05, 2007 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: any & all
she's hella scrappy and disagreeable and utterly charming.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an aspiring memoir on activism.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yuri led an incredible life. The book read almost more like a scrapbook/diary.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is inspiring as a memoir of the activist struggles that Yuri Kochiyama participated in, a reminder that we can and should be fighting more--especially for black liberation, decolonization, and anti-imperialism around the world.

However, Yuri Kochiyama is not at all critical (at least in this book) of "Communist" dictators such as Mao and Castro. These dictators violated their people's freedoms, which is something that activists for black liberation and indigenous rights HAVEN'T done, s
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Even though some may not enjoy this book, for it is not climactic at all, I personally found this to be a great pleasure to read! I enjoyed learning more about the Asian American experience during WWII and during the Civil Rights Movement. My favorite aspect of this book is Yuri's account of her close friendship with Malcolm X, although I wish she had expanded on that more. All the same, it was fabulously interesting. I would definitely recommend this educational, well-written, and enjoyable boo ...more
Sep 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfic
While Yuri's kind of amazing and has led a fascinating life, she's clearly too humble about it all to write a good autobiography. It reads more like a cursory history of the movement.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read
She is amazing and inspiring. What she doesn't say is the most intriguing thing about this book.
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