Mike Murase Interview I Segment 14

Parents' family backgrounds (ddr-densho-1000-525-1) - 0:05:45
Grandparents' decision to bring family back to live in Japan (ddr-densho-1000-525-2) - 0:04:46
Parents' meeting and marriage (ddr-densho-1000-525-3) - 0:03:39
Childhood in Japan then moving to the U.S. (ddr-densho-1000-525-4) - 0:09:22
Parents' limited involvement in Japanese American community activities (ddr-densho-1000-525-5) - 0:03:48
Becoming a naturalized citizen and choosing a name (ddr-densho-1000-525-6) - 0:04:50
Attending UCLA (ddr-densho-1000-525-7) - 0:02:37
Involvement in sports leagues (ddr-densho-1000-525-8) - 0:03:31
Attending UCLA during the beginnings of the Ethnic Studies Movement (ddr-densho-1000-525-9) - 0:07:43
Starting an Asian American newspaper at UCLA (ddr-densho-1000-525-10) - 0:09:28
Choosing the name Gidra (ddr-densho-1000-525-11) - 0:03:27
A split in the early leadership of Gidra (ddr-densho-1000-525-12) - 0:10:22
Learning on the job: early days of Gidra (ddr-densho-1000-525-13) - 0:04:10
The influence of social movements on Gidra (ddr-densho-1000-525-14) - 0:06:26
Having a different tone from other Japanese American newspapers (ddr-densho-1000-525-15) - 0:03:00
Ongoing involvement in community organizing and activism (ddr-densho-1000-525-16) - 0:08:52
Gidra's role in electoral politics (ddr-densho-1000-525-17) - 0:04:44
Adjusting the financial model of Gidra (ddr-densho-1000-525-18) - 0:06:49
The challenges of staffing Gidra in its later years (ddr-densho-1000-525-19) - 0:06:02
Considering Japanese American identity as a Shin-Issei (ddr-densho-1000-525-20) - 0:09:43
Parents' later years (ddr-densho-1000-525-21) - 0:05:45
The decision to put Gidra on hiatus (ddr-densho-1000-525-22) - 0:07:37
Looking back on the significance of Gidra (ddr-densho-1000-525-23) - 0:07:10
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The influence of social movements on Gidra

0:06:26 — Segment 14 of 23

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Mike Murase

Mike Murase Interview I

2:20:35 — 23 segments


Los Angeles, California

Sansei male. Born January 25, 1947, in Tsuyama, Okayama, Japan. Moved to the U.S. with family at age nine and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Graduated from UCLA and was involved in a number of civil rights movements and organizations. One of the founders of Gidra, the groundbreaking Asian American publication. Worked for both of Jesse Jackson's presidential campaigns and then became district director for Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Co-founded the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Little Tokyo Service Center, and was also active in numerous community social service and activist organizations.

Brian Niiya, interviewer; Emory Chao Johnson, videographer


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