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Karen Tei Yamashita had worked on her 2010 novel, I Hotel, for close to a decade before she finally figured out how to write the book.

When she began researching the novel, 30 years had passed since the movement had rocked the San Francisco Bay.

The Asian American movement had largely taken place in the shadow of the International Hotel along Kearney Street in San Francisco’s bustling Manilatown.

Together, they successfully staved off the evictions, and the hotel became a hub for the burgeoning movement.

When we spoke, she noted that some of the original International Hotel evictees are still advocating around San Francisco’s notorious housing shortages.

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