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Families of Revolutionaries: Audee Kochiyama-Holman

Bob Hsiang
Audee Kochiyama-Holman with her mother Yuri Kochiyama.


Yuri Kochiyama was known as one of the most fearless activists of her time. She was the daughter of Japanese immigrants, and spent time in an internment camp in the 1940’s.

Kochiyama eventually moved to Harlem, where she fought for civil rights, Puerto Rican independence, and school integration.

She was the founder of Asian Americans for Action and she brought attention to the struggles of both Asians and African-Americans.

Today we meet her daughter Audee Kochiyama-Holman, a social justice activist here in the Bay Area. Audee spoke with Leila Day about what it was like growing up in a revolutionary household.

Click the audio player above to listen to the entire interview. 

Leila Day is a Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media and is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast, stories about the black diaspora. Her work has been featured on NPR, 99% Invisible, the BBC as well as other outlets. Before The Stoop, she was an editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and worked on creating and editing award winning narrative driven journalism. She began her career in journalism at KALW where she worked as a health care and criminal justice reporter. During that time she contributed as an editor, taught audio storytelling to inmates at San Quentin, and helped develop curriculum for training upcoming reporters.