Anti-Vietnam War protest in the early 1970s. Photo courtesy of Warren Furutani.
This is a photo from Cincip (“picnic” spelled backwards). Culturally we were trying to change everything around. “Baaad,” now meant good (“man, that’s baaad!”). Cincip was an event we organized in the late 1960s. It was our take on the “family” picnic, the community picnics, etc.
In the picture are Nobuko Miyamoto and Chris Iijima. Back then, Nobuko was “JoAnne.” Later, many started using their Japanese names with a sense of pride in their cultural heritage.
Photo courtesy of Nobuko Miyamoto.
“I remember Warren Furutani absolutely blowing away a crowd at a rally in Harlem who had never heard an Asian American speak so powerfully, and I recall feeling very proud at that moment.” –Chris Iijima, in “Pontifications on the Distinction between Grains of Sand and Yellow Pearls,” ASIAN AMERICANS: THE MOVEMENT AND THE MOMENT, eds. Steve Louie & Glenn Omatsu
At a rally in Harlem, 1971. Warren Furutani speaks alongside representatives from the Republic of New Afrika and El Comité. Photo courtesy of Warren Furutani.