Asian Revolutionary Circle
Asian Revolutionary Circle emerged in Boston in Summer 1998, after its founders, Kye Leung, Meizhu Lui, and Kim Mach, met at the Asian Left Forum in Los Angeles. ARC, initially called Asian Roots and Community, began as a group of liberals, progressives, and radicals who came together to explore issues of identity and "to reclaim our stolen history." But within six months, through struggles over ideology, ARC became increasingly radical and the more liberal members left the group. Its name changed to reflect its new revolutionary politics. Its Ten Point Platform reflects this radical ideology, focusing on self-determination, reclamation of Asian American history, and an end to racism, sexism, heterosexism, class exploitation, and imperialism. ARC holds weekly political study groups for its members, organizes talks on Asian American history and racism in local high schools, raises funds to provide an after-school program and free books on Asian American history to students, invites veteran activists to speak at their meetings, and supports the Chinese Progressive Association in organizing residents to oppose gentrification in Boston's Chinatown. Its focus on Chinatown reflects its commitment to the community as well as its predominantly Chinese membership, although ARC strives to be pan-Asian. Its membership, half of whom are women, is predominantly high school and college students.