Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is a Professor at University of California, Irvine.
Stanford Daily editors met 22 May 1990 with more than 70 members of campus groups to discuss Friday's coverage of two related articles about the League of Revolutionary Struggle. Members of the Asian American Student Association, ASSU Committee on Democracy in Education, Black Student Union, MEChA, Stanford Central American Action Network, Stanford American Indian Organization and others expressed discontent with The Daily's coverage at the tense 40-minute meeting. Editor in Chief John Wagner told the audience, "It is a learning process for us to listen to your ideas. . . . We are interested in what you have to say." Sunday, AASA members requested a meeting with Daily editors, and Wagner agreed. One article centered on an anonymous poster distributed around campus Thursday. The flier accused Gordon Chang, who is considering coining to Stanford as a tenured professor in Asian American studies, of being a leader of the League
Judy Wu, an AASA officer, drew loud applause when she said, "I for one have fought for Asian American studies because I believe in it. I was not duped and I don't think anyone else was." Senior Steven Levitsky of Stanford Central American Action Network said the juxtaposition of the two stories "legitimizes the message of the flier."
"All year long students of color have been under attack on this campus, and it is really paralyzing our communities," said Ana Mata, co-chair of MEChA. "Any relations that The Daily had with MEChA are ruined" because of the innuendo in the article, she said. Masao Suzuki, a graduate student in economics, asked heatedly near the end of the meeting, "Does The Daily know about the type of McCarthyism that went on in the 1950s?" Valerie Mih, an AASA officer and an at-large member of The Daily's editorial board, said, "The Daily has to do more than give a meeting. ... A correction should be given the same exposure as original misinformation."
Agenda for Action
Following an emotional meeting with University President Donald Kennedy June 1 1989, Agenda for Action coalition members called the campus disruption charges issued against them a tactic to prevent the development of multicultural education at Stanford. Emerging from Kennedy's office in tears, coalition member Julie Martinez said the University's commitment to ethnic diversity was "nothing but a big lie." By relentlessly pursuing the disruption charges against students who participated in the May 15 takeover of Kennedy's office, the administration is condemning more than the students' actions, said Stacey Leyton, a member of the coalition and the outgoing Council of Presidents. "We feel like they're going after us," she said. "[They are going] after what we represent, which is the movement to make this a more multicultural institution. That's what we feel like is being threatened by these charges." Kennedy told The Daily yesterday that the judicial charges had been issued against those who occupied his office as a matter of University policy. "We're fully committed to multicultural education," he said. Formal charges of violating the University's Policy on Campus Disruption were issued Wednesday to 53 students involved in the takeover of Kennedy's office, which was organized by the Agenda for Action coalition. "(Since) the day after the takeover, we've been told by different administrators that we're guilty, that they're going to take us to the wall," said Judy Wu, a coalition member. "They don't have a fair process set up for us.
Martinez, a senior, expressed deep concern after the meeting with Kennedy that graduating seniors will not receive their diplomas until after the judicial process has been completed. "My mother and father take extra jobs so they can get money to come here [from San Antonio] and see me graduate, and they don't even know if I'm going to be able to or if I will get my diploma because this school can't decide whether me standing up for more Chicano faculty . . . was right or wrong," she said. Junior Cheryl Taylor, a coaliton member, said she had been misled by false promises of multiculturalism when she decided to attend Stanford three years ago. "I can't believe (the administration) has the gall to parade around the country with those badges of multiculturalism," she said.
Gina Hernandez, the former cochair of MEChA, a Chicano/ Latino student group, said students of color were being denied the opportunity to contribute to building a multicultural university. According to Judicial Affairs Officer Sally Cole, as of yesterday, 53 students had been charged with violating the University's policy on campus disruptions. Of these, 50 were among the 56 arrested on misdemeanor charges in the takeover of Kennedy's office. According to Cole, it is "probable" that more students will be charged within the next few days.
Jay Jay Kuo, a coalition member who did not participate in yes-terday's meeting with Kennedy, said the differentiated charges forced him to question the administration's commitment to creating a multicultural university. "How can (the administration) be for our cause when they plan to remove from the cause its strongest supporters?
"Justice and Hope"
- Writing Justice and Hope has been a humbling and daunting exercise. Many, many people helped, and this is indeed a collective work. I am grateful to the many Black faculty and staff members who provided valuable advice, support and direction: James L. Gibbs, St. Clair Drake, Kennell Jackson, Clayborne Carson, Keith Archuleta, Michael Jackson, Michael Britt, Dandre Desandies, Hank Organ, and Rachel Bagby.
- I also made extensive use of the Stanford Libraries. At the various stages of production, a whole host of peeple contributed. I hope I don't leave anybody out, but here goes. My thanks go out to the following people: Lisa Fitts, Audrey Jawando, Bacardi Jackson, and Drew Dixon helped give shape to Justice and Hope when it was still a vague and unformed idea. Toni Long demonstrated for me the true power of PageMaker. David Porter clariﬁed important facts and provided historical information. Frederick Sparks helped with fundraising and monitoring the budget. Lyzettc Settle added critical comments and an extremely thorough and detailed revision of the text. Danzy Senna, Joy St. John, Stacey Leyton, Raoul Mowatt, Valerie Mih, Hillary Skillings, Judy Wu, Quynh Tran, and Cheryl Taylor meticulously proofread the ﬁnal drafts. Elsa Tsutaoka gave advice on design, layout and cutting photos. MEChA loaned us its layout equipment The staff in the ASSU Business Ofﬁce always cheerfully facilitated ﬁnancial transactions and questions.
- [The Stanford Daily, Volume 197, Issue 62, 22 May 1990 ]
- The Stanford Daily, Volume 195, Issue 72, 2 June 1989]