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Richard Aoki: Named FBI Informant

We covered him far back in issue 10 of Giant Robot, which was an issue that was heavily dedicated to the Asian American Civil Rights “Movement”. On of the interviews was of Richard Aoki. He had associations with the Black Panther Party as it’s now coming out that he was also an FBI informant – one of the worst possible things to have been. It’s all in print now in a book which is soon to be published, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power. “In 2007, two years before he committed suicide, Aoki was asked in a tape-recorded interview for the book if he had been an FBI informant. Aoki’s first response was a long...

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Asian American Film Festival in Chicago

Greetings from Chicago Tim Hugh, one man bandleader of the Chicago Asian American Film Festival This is Tim Hugh and his dog Helga in his kitchen in Chicago. Tim has run the only Asian American Indie Film Fest (i.e. no “imports”) for 12 of the 17 years that it’s been in existence. In this picture, he’s a one man bandleader- running it solo, something I can relate to as a solo musician. I’m in town to promote my film “Daylight Savings” which premiered at SXSW this year, and will be the opening night film this year. Joining me at the screening will be Michael Aki who plays my cousin in the film. I met Mike at this very festival in...

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