U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Reports on Asian Pacific Americans
Gabriel "Jack" Chin
University of California, Davis - School of Law
Wiliam S. Hein & Co. Inc. 2005
Created as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is entitled to substantial credit for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, among many other achievements in advancing civil rights. In its heyday, its commissioners were distinguished Americans, former governors, cabinet members and university presidents, and though it had no power other than the ability to issue subpoenas and publish reports, its prestige and investigative authority gave it a unique ability to document social conditions in a variety of areas over time.
This four volume anthology collects the hearing transcripts and reports of the Commission dealing with Asian Pacific Americans. The anthology begins with the hearings held in Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1973, and the 1975 report that came out of those hearings, Asian Americans and Pacific Peoples: A Case of Mistaken Identity. It ends with the 2001 report of the Hawai'i Advisory Committee on the legal status of programs benefitting Native Hawaiians. The downloadable document is the table of contents and introduction.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Race, civil rights, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Asian Pacific Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, constitutional law
JEL Classification: K19, K23
Date posted: November 12, 2005