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Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, Paulo Freire, and the women's liberation movement, designated themselves as "Asian American" (31) and demanded the establishment of Asian American Studies programs in universities. The San Francisco State student uprising was, as Omatsu points out, the longest student strike in the United States. Asian American students, along with African American, Native American, and Latino students, demanded "ethnic studies, open admissions, and a redefinition of the education system" (25).
In contrast, South Asia and America have been far more distant associates. While the Japanese, Korean, and Vietnam conflicts have convoluted life in America in the twentieth century, affecting every individual and institution and inscribing indelible chapters in modern American history, there has been no remotely comparable direct military action associated with South Asia. S. manpower and drafting its common citizenry during the Vietnam War. South Asia, with its legacy of British imperialism and all its internal strife and poverty, has offered to America (and the world) considerable wealth in terms of spirituality, peace, and civilization.
1 With this in mind, government and academic institutions are increasingly focusing attention on Asiansfor instance, by developing a fully detailed census category,2 or by adding Asian American Studies to the standard college curriculum. Although Asians in Asia have been molded by similar historic currents and perhaps share some distinctive traits that set them apart from people from other continents,3 Asians in America are quite differentiated from one another, largely as a result of differing relationships between their home countries and the United States.