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Haunani-Kay Trask, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Rushan Abbas And 5 More AAPI Activists That They Didn't Teach You About In School (But Should Have)

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To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, BuzzFeed has featured eight API American activists to highlight the history, contributions, and perseverance of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the US:

illustration of Haunani-Kay Trask, Rushan Abbas, George Helm, Philip Vera Cruz, Mabel Lee, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Edward Said, and Manjusha Kulkarni

1. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee (1896–1966): Chinese and American women's rights activist

illustration of Mabel Lee

2. Philip Vera Cruz (1904–1994): Filipino American labor leader, civil rights activist, and farmworker

illustration of Philip Vera Cruz

3. Edward Said (1935–2003): Palestinian American scholar and Palestinian independence activist

illustration of Edward Said

4. Kiyoshi Kuromiya (1943–2000): Japanese American civil rights, anti-war, gay liberation, and AIDS activist

illustration of Kiyoshi Kuromiya

5. Haunani-Kay Trask (1949–2021): Native Hawaiian rights and Indigenous rights activist, scholar, author, and poet

illustration of Haunani-Kay Trask

6. George Helm (1950–disappeared 1977): Native Hawaiian rights activist and musician

illustration of George Helm

7. Rushan Abbas (1967–Present): Uyghur American human rights activist

illustration of Rushan Abbas

8. Manjusha Kulkarni (1969–Present): Indian American human and civil rights activist and attorney

illustration of Manjusha Kulkarni

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From Left to Right: Haunani Kay Trask, Rushan Abbas, Manjusha Kulkarni, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, Philip Vera Cruz, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, George Helm, and Edward Said