"Serve the People and You Help Yourself": Japanese-American Anti-Drug Organizing in Los Angeles, 1969 to 1972

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Description: According to the official documents, Sansei (third-generation Japanese American) teenagers throughout Los Angeles County were dying from heart attacks; yet these activists, having known and worked with Sansei youth, suspected that the heart failures were caused by sudden and massive drug overdoses, not coronary disease.1 They knew that the coroner's reports were incomplete and did not account for deaths that were unrecorded, but not forgotten. "Serve the People" Programs Organizing around drug abuse was not new to the Japanese-American community in Los Angeles. Since the late 1960s, community service centers run for and by local people had emerged in response to the widespread drug epidemics and socioeconomic problems affecting poor and minority communities.
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