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For Immediate Release November 29, 1998 UCLA Asian American Studies Center Publishes Yuri Kochiyama's Speeches and Writings The UCLA Asian American Studies Center Reading Room and Library announces the publication of renowned human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama's "Discover Your Mission: Selected Speeches and Writings." The 43-page booklet, which contains 7 major public talks and writings by Kochiyama was compiled by Russell Muranaka, with editing assistance by Tram Nguyen, Vy Nguyen, Raymond Real Ribaya, and Kit Tarroza. The selections were made from the Yuri Kochiyama Collection, which was donated by Ms. Kochiyama to the UCLA Asian American Studies Center in 1998. An extraordinary historical archive, it includes over 100 boxes of periodicals, organization documents, flyers, pictures, speeches, and other materials, which span Kochiyama's life from her incarceration during World War II at the Jerome concentration camp to her participation in the redress movement, and to her special friendship with Malcom X.The documents are being cataloged and organized for microfilming, and for preservation in the university's state-of-the-art Special Collections facilities. During the 1998 Spring academic quarter, Kochiyama was a Scholar-In-Residence of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, under the auspices of the academic chair in Japanese American Studies at the university. She worked on her memoirs, which the Center hopes to publish in the future, and met frequently with students, faculty, and staff at the university. She also gave several campus and community talks. According to Muranaka, a UCLA undergraduate majoring in Asian American Studies, who worked with Kochiyama and others in selecting the works for "Discover Your Mission," the booklet attempts to capture and present the most compelling and significant themes that have underscored Kochiyama's many decades of involvement in human rights and political movements. These include political prisoners, race relations, Malcolm X, gaining and developing consciousness, the women's movement, talking the talk and walking the walk, and the responsibility of future generations to continue the fight for justice.The publication includes major public talks that were delivered at colleges and universities across the nation, including Duke, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, and San Francisco State. "Discover Your Mission" is available for $10 (plus shipping and handling of $3.00 for the first copy, and $1 for each additional copy) plus sales tax (8.25% Los Angeles County residents; 7.75% for California residents). Make checks payable to the "UC Regents," and send to Publications, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 3230 Campbell Hall, PO Box 951546, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546. For more information, please call (310) 825-2974. Don Nakanishi Director and Professor UCLA Asian American Studies Center 3230 Campbell Hall Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546 phone: 310.825.2974 fax: 310.206.9844 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org web site for Center: www.sscnet.ucla.edu/aasc