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Guide to the Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers MSS.439


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 Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II  , December 2020

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Series III. Legan Wong Work Files, 1969-2009 1970-1990. 7 Linear Feet in 5 manuscript boxes, 1 tall manuscript box, 1 oversize flat box, and 1 flat-file folder. 2 sound discs (vinyl)

Scope and Contents

This series includes material on Legan Wong's work on development of Asian American Studies classes, music production, and his involvement in activist and local cultural organizations in New York in the 1970s and 1980s.

This series contains source material, lecture notes, course outlines, and correspondence related to Wong's development of college classes on the Asian American experience that he created and taught at Queens College and Hunter College in the 1970s. General research files and conference material on Asian American Studies are also in this series.

Wong was involved in performance groups in the 1970s and 1980s including Soh Daiko, a folk music drum group, and the Asian Tactical Theater. These files typically include performance programs and schedules, financial reports, promotional material, news clippings, correspondence, notes, and meeting minutes. Wong was also on Team Ronin in the Asian American Softball League of New York in the late 1970s. Team material in this series includes member identification cards with photographs, schedules, correspondence, and rosters.

This series contains a small amount of files on Wong's involvement in the 1980s as a founding member of East West World Records, which was founded to provide recording opportunities for Asian American artists. These files include concert promotional material, news clippings, letterhead, financial funding, and founding documentation. This series also includes two of the record albums the company produced:  Visions, and  Back to Back.

Newsclippings, newsletters, and promotional material for various political groups in which Wong was involved include the Asian Americans for Equal Employment (AAFEE) and Asian in the Spirit of the Indochinese (ASI) are also in this series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 33 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142062835486]) Asian American Experience Class -- Source Material, Lecture Plans, Correspondence, Promotional Material
1969-1976, 1980, undated
Box: 34 Folder : 1-5 (Mixed Materials [31142062835494])
Box: 37 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835528])
Box: 34 Folder : 6-7 Asian American-Related Conference Material
1970-1977
Box: 35 Folder : 1 Queens College -- Asian American Club
1971-1972
Box: 35 Folder : 2 Asian American Movement Print Material
1971-1983
Box: 35 Folder : 3 Asian Tactical Theater
1972
Box: 35 Folder : 4 N.Y. Asian Coalition Newsletter
1972-1973
Box: 35 Folder : 5 Asian American Studies -- City College of New York Controversy
1972-1974
Box: 35 Folder : 6-7 Asian Americans for Action -- Newsletter
1972-1976
Box: 35 Folder : 8 Asian in the Spirit of the Indochinese (ASI) -- Meeting Notes and Minutes, Event Promotional Material, Informational Booklets
1973-1974
Box: 36 Folder : 1 Mid-Atlantic Conference on Community Concerns of Asian Americans -- Event Program
1974
Box: 36 Folder : 2 (Mixed materials [31142062835510]) Asian Americans for Equal Employment (AAFEE) -- Clippings, Publications, Event Posters
1974-1977, 2009
Box: 44 Folder : 8 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Flat-File-Folder: 1
Box: 36 Folder : 3 Asian American Softball League, New York -- Ronin Team Player Cards, League Communications, Schedules
1978-1979, 1998
Box: 36 Folder : 4-6 (Mixed materials [31142062835510]) Soh Daiko -- Taiko Performance Group
1979-1987
Box: 44 Folder : 9 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 36 Folder : 7 (Mixed materials [31142062835510]) East West World Records -- Clippings, Correspondence, Album Cover Art Proofs
1982-1991
Box: 44 Folder : 10-11 (Mixed Materials [31142062835577])
Box: 48 Folder : 5-6 East West World Records -- Phonodiscs -- Visions, and  Back to Back
1982-1983

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