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date: 05 May 2021

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This article examines how scholars have conceptualized, periodized, and written about the Asian American movement. It argues that the Asian American movement provides partial support for a “long sixties” paradigm; although Asian American activism did not take particularly Asian American forms until 1968, the movement lasted well into the 1970s if not later. It categorizes recent publications on the movement into social movement theory–informed works, cultural histories, biographies and institutional histories, intersectional histories attuned to gender, comparative examinations that place the Asian American movement alongside movements by other people of color in the United States, and works that discuss the transnational aspects of the movement. It concludes that intersectional, comparative, and transnational perspectives provide the most innovative and promising approaches to movement scholarship.

Keywords: Asian American movement, social movements, historiography, 1960s, 1970s, intersectional, comparative, transnational

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