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Yuri Kochiyama speaks at an anti-war rally in Central Park in 1968. Photo credit: The Kochiyama Family / UCLA Asian American Studies Center

“Our ultimate objective in learning about anything is to try to create and develop a more just society.” –Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014)
This week marked the passing of civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama. Listen to her tell her story on Democracy Now or watch Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama here

“But 25 years ago, in 1989, Mao was long dead. I was barely 30, and I didn’t heed my father’s words. I admired the American Beat generation, their spirit and their actions. I was “on the road.” All through China, in dozens of cities, millions of protesters marched on the roads. Most of them were younger than me, and would never heed their parents’ warnings. Especially “the pride of Heaven,” the university students in the capital who occupied The Gate of Heavenly Peace—Tiananmen Square—for weeks under the watchful eyes of the world, heady with the drugs of freedom and democracy.”
Liao Yiwu, “Commemorating the Massacre: The Tanks and the People” Pen America

“It occurred to me about a year ago,” he says, “that advertising was an unknown continent as far as the writer was concerned, a kind of virgin America of images and ideas, and that the writer ought to move into any area which is lively and full of potential.”
The conceptual advertising of JG Ballard, Design Observer



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