Generation Rising: A New Politics of Southeast Asian American Activism

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abstract

Generation Rising  traces the development of Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), a grassroots, LGBTQ+ youth-led organization of Southeast Asian Americans whose families migrated to Providence, Rhode Island, in the aftermath of the American war in Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia. This in-depth ethnography delves into topics that challenge a new generation of community organizers today: collective identity formation, intersectional leadership development, coalitions and political campaign strategies, and enacting a vision for a transformative movement. The book explores how Southeast Asian American organizers in this historic period have navigated the intergenerational demands from both their co-ethnic community elders and social movement elders to forge their own agenda, strategies, and culture, while resisting constraints imposed by funders. Their story captures the struggles and growth of movement-building for youth activists fighting to be free.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2020

Disciplines

  • Asian American Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Leadership Studies
  • Social Justice

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