I had the fortune to interview The Minority Militant a couple nights ago. Listen to it here (around 33 minutes):
or download it here.
You can also visit Minority Militant’s blog at www.minoritymilitant.blogspot.com. I check his blog every day.
I was looking forward to this interview for a long time, and TMM did not disappoint. He’s a veteran from the American Navy, and because my grandfathers were both military veterans, I was psyched about interviewing a guy who is both a veteran AND an activist. Plus I got a bonus–not only is he a veteran AND an activist, he’s also a novelist! In other words, he does just about everything that interests me on the Asian American front!
On this podcast, he talks about immigrating from Laos, growing up in Chicago, joining the military, and becoming an activist. Check it out, and check out his excellent blog.
The only bad thing about this interview is this: Around 27 minutes, I made a joke about how ghetto my podcasting technology is. It was actually worse than I thought, and you’ll hear this in the fluctuating volume levels. I’m now on the market for some more reliable technology. But the interview itself is still really good, so I still highly, highly, highly recommend it, even if it means that you have to fiddle with the volume control on your iPod. We don’t hear many first person accounts from Asian American veterans, and this podcast is an excellent introduction to a great real-life story. I hope it inspires you.
Oh…and I also referenced the Frank Chin movie, which you can find at www.chonkmoonhunter.com.