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Death to the Security Pact / Solidarity with the Asian Peoples [hand-drawn placard depicting dragon, with the added lines "Asian-Coalition" and "End the Asian War"]
[San Francisco]: Asian Coalition, 1969. Approximately 28x17.5 protest sign, drawn by hand on heavy card; some edge chipping and a hole near the dragon's rear leg. Despite the worn condition, a striking and perhaps unique artifact. The words "Asian Coalition" and "End the Asian War" were added afterward with a different type of marking pen, but they appear to be written by the same hand (note the form of the E and H in particular). These slogans were used at protests during Japan Week in San Francisco. The Security Pact refers to a US-Japan treaty that was due for renewal; the activists opposed it in the context of the Vietnam War, on the grounds that they wanted all US military forces withdrawn from Asia. The September 8, 1969 issue of the Red Guard Community Newspaper included an article about the formation of the Asian Coalition, which stated: "The Red Guard is working with a group of Asian students in an Asian Coalition to expose Japan Week ceremonies to be held in San Francisco between September 5th and September 20th." The loosely formed Coalition also included the Asian-American Political Alliance and others.
Bookseller: Bolerium Books Inc., ABAA/ILAB [United States]
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