The Enlightened Generation

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The Enlightened Generation

Devoid of restrictive legislations, the Asian youth strive to expand the scope of their rights given their changing dynamics demographically and economically. Forming the bulk of the new advocacy groups, they directly challenged the political status quo. The school setting facilitated the interaction of liberalized students as it naturally brought Asian Youth into a community. The community of Asian students working in tandem with the emergence of ethnic studies in the school facilitated the political mobilization of the younger generation.

The Civil Rights Act and the Immigration Reform Acts opened up new possibilities for the Asian American community. It helped them to fill its dwindling numbers helping them to gain a political voice. The 1960s was characterized by a significant inflow of Asian communities into the United States. The subsequent generation grew up on a climate that was more political tolerant and relatively free of discrimination. It follows that the younger generation grew with the awareness of the new rights availed to minorities courtesy of the Civil Rights Act. They recognized that advocacy transcended the protections of Asian American rights.

By virtue of being educated the students had positions of influence in the Asian community. The younger generation was tasked with changing prevalent perceptions in society that persisted from the era of discrimination, for instance, the depiction of Asian women as exotic sex objects. The media perpetuated the fallacy rekindling the inherited stereotypes from an outdated era. At schools the students were made aware of their false depiction in larger society. Ethnic studies informed them of their lack of representation in the legal system evidenced by the absence of Chinese interpreters and jurors. It follows they strived to control their image by engaging in advocacy forums where their numbers gave them voice. As such, the educated proponents like Ken Kawaichi and his student associates initiated the Asian law Caucus to create awareness to the rest of society on the essence of legal reforms in stimulating social change.

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