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The Tragedy of Jean Quan


A good Chris Fan piece at Hyphen asking a question that has plagued social movements for a long time–why do solidly progressive politicians end up siding with forces of order when they are elected to powerful positions? In this case, Quan was a longtime progressive activist on Asian-American issues.

Fan’s essay also notes the problematic racial homogeneity of the Occupy movement, which in the context of Oakland led them to rename Frank Ogawa Plaza, one of the few public spaces in the United States named after an Asian-American.

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