Lenten Reading Guide: Yuri Kochiyama

In chapter three, author Grace Kao shares the story of Yuri Kochiyama. 

“…public profiles of Yuri outside of Asian American circles have typically emphasized the longevity of her activist career and the remarkable, cross-racial solidarity she showed with others in numerous campaigns. While such portraits are technically correct, they remain incomplete insofar as they leave out two key aspects of her biography. The first is the role religion, specifically a service-oriented and this-worldly form of Christianity, played as a motivating force in her life. The second is the explicit identification of unjust imprisonment as the issue Yuri felt most passionate about” (65).

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