Fierce-browed, I coolly defy
a thousand pointing fingers,
Head bowed, like a willing ox
I serve the children
- Lu Xun -
Staff, UCLA Asian American Studies Center
|Glenn Omatsu works as Associate Editor for Amerasia Journal, research publication in Asian American Studies; and Editor of CrossCurrents, newsmagazine of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. At UCLA, he teaches occasional classes on "Asian American Social Movements" and "Investigative Journalism and Communities of Color" (cross-listed with African American Studies). For Spring Quarter 1997, he co-taught a class with Steve Louie of San Francisco on "Asian Amearican Movement."|
He also teaches a class on "Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities" at California State University, Northridge, and "Sociology of Asian Americans" at Pasadena City College.
He is active in the Asian American community support committee assisting Latino immigrant workers in their efforts to unionize the New Otani Hotel in Little Tokyo; and the campaign by 11 Chinese residents and their Japanese supporters for redress and reparations from the Kajima Corporation (owners of the New Otani Hotel in Little Tokyo) for atrocities during World War II. He is also supporting the campaign of Thai and Latino immigrant garment workers for retailer accountability under the leadership of Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates in Los Angeles; the mobilization to uphold affirmative action against right-wing attacks; and the efforts of Rafu Shimpo newspaper staff and community supporters to defend the newspaper against the publisher's attempts to fire employees and destroy the English section.