While not one of the four founders of Visual Communications, Steven Tatsukawa brought his interests in media making and social justice to the VC mix. Fondly referred to as the APA independent cinema community’s “Will Rodgers” for his earnest sense of humor, Tatsukawa produced many of VC’s late-1970s productions and served as Executive Director until his untimely passing at age 35 in 1984.
From the last issue of Gidra, a monthly newspaper that dealt with Asian Pacific American community events and other related issues and themes (published from 1969 until 1974):
"Steve Tatsukawa, who made his mother very happy when he got perfect attendance at Henry Clay Junior High School, personifies someone who is able to relate to people. In the four years that he's been with Gidra, he has never demonstrated anger toward people, and is endowed with the ability to make people laugh and to make them feel good. Steve says that when people think of revolution, they conceive of it as being the equivalent of political upheaval. "In essence they are correct in their assumptions, for revolution does mean political upheaval or change or overthrow or substitution," he agrees, but adds, "but it means much, much more." He explains.
No revolution has ever succeeded unless it was carried through by people with total revolutionary intent. Today in America, this type of person is now emerging. The foundations of American culture have been rejected by many: the materialism, the profit-motive, the competition, the basis of western culture as we know it.
The importance of the situation lies in the fact that we are witnessing an old culture dying and a new culture being shaped. This is a rare occurrence in history. And we, the movement people, have the responsibility of shaping the new way of life. It will be shaped not by writing or talking or thinking about it. The new way of life will come about by living it. Live the Revolution!
The creative mind of Steve Tatsukawa has played a vital role in the growth of Gidra."