Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York charts a history of Asian American activism, organizing, and cultural production in the 1970s, the first exhibition to focus on New York as a center of this national phenomenon. Through posters, leaflets, newspapers, film, and music, Serve the People shows how Asian American identity was shaped by reclaimed histories, revolutionary politics, feminist awareness, third worldism, and community organizing. The culture created by young activists and artists in the movement embodied their ideals, speaking to the excitement and urgency of the time.
Curated by Ryan Wong.
This booklet functions as an introduction to the Asian American Movement in New York in the 1970s and 80s, an exhibition catalog for the show of the same name at Interference Archive, and as a poster-sized timeline of the history of the movement.
The catalog part contains an introduction by curator Ryan Wong, a glossary of key movement organizations, five anecdotes from interviews with movement activists and artists, and eleven images of movement culture (four posters, three publication covers, a mural, a political graphic, and two photographs). The back side of the brochure unfolds into a 20″x30″ timeline/poster which charts the history of the Asian American Movement on the East Coast.
This is an important document of a major social movement in the United States which has virtually unknown outside of the individuals and communities which participated in it.
full color offset printed booklet/timeline
7.5″ x 10″ as folded booklet, 30″ x 20″ as unfolded map