Maria Hinojosa talks to Abigail Licad, the editor-in-chief of Hyphen, a magazine about Asian American life. Latinos and Asian Americans are the fastest growing groups in the U.S. The media has been focusing on the differences on the groups on issues like immigration, affirmative action and disputed political seats. But as Abigail tells us in this short audio listicle, Latinos and Asians have worked together many times. Here are a handful of them:

  1. 1. Cesar Chavez and Larry Itliong working side by side for farm workers’ rights.


  1. 2. There was intermarriage of Punjabi immigrants with women of Mexican descent in California for access to land rights.


  1. 3. In civil rights, Latino and Asian civil rights groups argued for school desegregation in the 1947 Mendez vs. Westminster case.


  1. 4. Asian and Latino women workers are at the center of the Reynolds boycott protests for better working conditions.


  1. 5. Today, undocumented Asian and Latino activists are working together at the heart of the DREAMer movement.



Abigail Licad profile shot--by Damien Maloney

Abigail Licad is the editor in chief of Hyphen, an Asian American culture and politics magazine ( She immigrated with her family to the San Francisco Bay Area from the Philippines at age 13. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in literature from Oxford University. She has heard Filipinos referred to as “the Asian Mexicans” and totally loves it!





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