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Birthplace of the Asian American Movement


By the late 1960s, a new generation of political activists emerged in Berkeley from protests opposing the 
Vietnam War and supporting the Farmworkers, Free Speech, and Civil Rights movements. In May 1968, in an 
apartment on this site. Yuji lchioka and others founded the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA). AAPA 
sparked the nationwide Asian American Movement: uniting Americans previously divided by ethnicity- 
Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and others-and stereotyped as "Orientals" or "silent minorities."
AAPA joined African American, Latino, and Native American groups in the Third World Liberation Front 
which led the 1969 Third World Strike at UC Berkeley. The strikes here and elsewhere spurred the creation 
of ethnic studies and social justice programs and encouraged community self-determination 

This plaque was placed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of AAPA and the Asian American Movement 

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project 

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