Yuri Kochiyama was a Japanese-American woman who was born in San Pedro, California in 1921.

In 1941, she and her family were forced to move to an internment camp because they were of Japanese descent.

She later became a civil rights activist and worked with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Yuri Kochiyama is well known for speaking out against the incarceration and arrest of Japanese Americans during World War II, which killed her father.

You will find below a curated collection of the best ‘Yuri Kochiyama’ quotes that you can read and share with others.


Best Yuri Kochiyama Quotes

When you’re in a black group, you have to keep in mind you’re not black. You just have to be sensitive. We have to be appreciative that the black nationalist struggle is a nationalist struggle. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

Don’t become too narrow. Live fully. Meet all kinds of people. You’ll learn something from everyone. Follow what you feel in your heart ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

The movement is contagious, and the people in it are the ones who pass on the spirit. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

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We are all part of one another. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

The most important thing today is to stop US wars. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

Our ultimate objective in learning about anything is to try to create and develop a more just society. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

I lived in San Pedro, California, which is, you know, on the west side of California, and it’s where many, many Japanese lived. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

I tell you, in this country, you don’t get much of an education. Throughout high school, through junior college, which is all I went, I didn’t know anything about the annihilation of all the Indian nations that were here. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

Famous Yuri Kochiyama Quotes

I thought maybe this was the way we could show love for our country, and we should not make too much fuss or noise, we should abide by what they asked of us. I’m a totally different person now than I was back then. I was naive about so many things. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

Remembering what happened, not to my happened to my father, but to Japanese as a whole, I see similar things that happened to other ethnics. Years later, I would see that these kind of things happened to others all along, all the time, especially to blacks. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

People have a right to violence, to rebel, to fight back. And given what the United States Government and Western powers have done to the third world, I feel that these countries should fight back. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

Political philosophy is not just something you obtain, it’s something that you develop through your lifetime. And of course, as different events happen to you and different people you meet and writings that you read, your philosophy is going to change. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

Unless we know ourselves and our history, and other people and their history, there is really no way that we can really have positive kind of interaction where there is real understanding. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

My priority would be to fight against polarization. Because this whole society is so polarized. I think there are so many issues that all people of color should come together on, and there are forces in this country who want this polarization to take place. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

Remember that consciousness is power. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

Top Yuri Kochiyama Quotes

Yuri Kochiyama was born in Japan but moved to America when she was very young. She became a civil rights activist and worked for equality for all people. She also helped rescue people from the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001.

Life is not what you alone make it. Life is the input of everyone who touched your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

I didn’t wake up and decide to become an activist. But you couldn’t help notice the inequities, the injustices. It was all around you. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

The United States of America is a nation where people are not united because of those three glaring frailties: racism, injustices and inequalities. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

So, transform yourself first… Because you are young and have dreams and want to do something meaningful, that in itself, makes you our future and our hope. Keep expanding your horizon, decolonize your mind, and cross borders. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

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Projects meant living with blacks and Puerto Ricans, but that’s what we wanted. Living in the projects, we’ve met so many wonderful, wonderful people. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.

I don’t think there will ever be a time when people will stop wanting to bring about change. ~ Yuri Kochiyama.


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