Jean Yonemura

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Jean Yonemura


Jean Yonemura Wing was an editor of Unity, newspaper of the League of Revolutionary Struggle. She became interested in education as an active parent at Berkeley High School. She went on to serve as a researcher on the Berkeley High School Diversity Project, earning her doctorate at the University of California-Berkeley.

She is married to Butch Wing.

Unity editor

In 1989 Jean Yonemura was Managing Editor of Unity, newspaper of the League of Revolutionary Struggle.

"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"

Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.

This group was a split in the League of Revolutionary Struggle which soon became the Unity Organizing Committee.

Those listed as supporters of the call included Jean Yonemura, editor of Unity.

UIC anti-internment meeting

When the the Gulf War broke out in 1991 Yuri Miyagawa and Jean Yonemura helped organize a Unity Organizing Committee event in Oakland to prevent the possible internment of American Muslims.[1]

"Closing the Racial Achievement Gap"

Berkeley High School (BHS), recognized as a progressive public school that is attempting to address the well-publicized issues of race and class existing within its own walls, serves as the setting for Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools. As editors Pedro Antonio Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing suggest, the Berkeley area presents the ideal opportunity to explore the complexities of producing “equitable schools in a society premised on inequality,” as even this idealistic and integrated California community struggles mightily to overcome racial achievement gaps. Why does a progressive school like BHS reproduce the racial achievement gaps found in schools across the nation? Why does the school struggle to unravel the complexities that contribute to long-standing inequalities?

References

  1. [Samurai Among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life By Diane Carol Fujino, page 261]