Books and Texts

Aug
23
Vignettes of Belonging in The Color of Her Passport

Vignettes of Belonging in The Color of Her Passport

Through the experiences of five individuals, The Color of Her Passport provides a glimpse into the questions of identity and belonging that those caught in Japan and Korea's bitter politics must struggle with today.
4 min read
Aug
17
Leaving Leadership Behind: Media's New Role in Movement-Making

Leaving Leadership Behind: Media's New Role in Movement-Making

Civil Rights activist Bernard Lafayette, Jr. suggests that a movement needs a leader to act as its spokesperson. But Sasha Constanza-Chock's research on transmedia organizing shows us that such leaders may not be as essential to a movement's growth as they once were.
5 min read
Aug
08
Kōtoku Shūsui and Angela Davis Discuss Revolution

Kōtoku Shūsui and Angela Davis Discuss Revolution

From prison in 1910 and 1973 respectively, Japanese anarchist Kotoku Shusui and Black scholar-activist Angela Davis contemplate why the question of violence in revolution is the wrong one.
4 min read
Jul
20
The Myth of Monoethnicity in Multiethnic Japan

The Myth of Monoethnicity in Multiethnic Japan

As John Lie's "Multiethnic Japan" explores the pervasiveness of Japan's perceived monoethnicity, he reminds us of the urgent need to shed this bias from our vocabulary and amplify minority voices.
3 min read
Jul
15
All or None: Lessons from A New Jim Crow

All or None: Lessons from A New Jim Crow

After proving that mass incarceration is another iteration of America's racial caste system, Michelle Alexander argues that only a major social movement that includes "everyone" can dismantle it for good.
4 min read