The Sewing Machine Girl – Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | April 12, 2024

By Charlie Chin. Posted April 12, 2024      Imagination can be more powerful than facts or knowledge.  I learned that back in the 1980’s when I was working at the then Chinatown History Project in New York City.  I was asked to come into the local Chinatown elementary school and talk about Chinese American…

Jeung Gwai Ying, Quan Gow Sheung, Wong So and Leung Louie Gin – Unsung Heroines in SF Chinatown in the 1930s

By Eddie Wong | April 1, 2024

By Eddie Wong. Posted April 1, 2024. Introduction Nearly 10 years ago, I stumbled on the story of four Chinese women in the 1920s and 1930s who were promised jobs in the U.S. only to be forced into prostitution. After years of research at newspaper archives and the National Archives, I found immigration records of…

Expats review: 3 American women searching for resolution in the wake of a tragedy. Who do you identify with?

By Contributed | March 22, 2024

By Jane Kim. Posted March 22, 2024 Caution: This review contains spoilers Expats is a story (based on the novel by Janice Y.K. Lee) about 3 American women living in Hong Kong, their lives forever intertwined by a missing child, wrestling with personal trauma and demons and grappling with how to move forward. Margaret (Nicole…

Memories of Mindanao/TribuTour Snippets – Part One: Tawi Tawi

By Contributed | March 10, 2024

by Conrad Benedicto. Posted March 10, 2024 From 2/17/23 to 3/4/23 I participated in TribuTur, a “hands on field study custom-designed for participants to explore, discover, and draw empowerment from indigenous Pilipino cultures of Mindanao.” The tour is conducted by the venerable SF arts organization Kularts and its visionary artistic director, Alleluia Panis. The following…

The Gun in Uncle Bill’s Closet – Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | March 10, 2024

By Charlie Chin. Posted on March 10, 2024.       I was hanging my coat in the hallway the first time I noticed the rifle in Uncle Bill’s closet.  By the 1970s Uncle Bill had retired, limped with a bad knee, and lived alone.  I used to stop by once a month to see…

Building the ‘White Stripe’: The Young Patriots, Jesse Jackson and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

By Contributed | February 18, 2024

 ‘Steps on a journey of struggle’: Organizers share their experiences in the 1960s, the 1980s and today with bringing white people into the multiracial fight for collective liberation. By Beth Howard, Hy Thurman, Carla Wallace and Eddie Wong. Edited by Marcy Rein/Convergence. Posted February 18, 2024. A shorter version of this article appeared in Convergence…

Half A Million Strong – Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | February 13, 2024

By Charlie Chin. Posted February 13, 2024.    It’s not easy to fall asleep in the mud.  But it can happen if you’ve been high for two days on marijuana and tequila.  When I rolled over, my clothes made a slushy sound, and it woke Danny Chang.  We were lying in some farmer’s corn field.…

Empire Electric by No-No Boy – Letting Go and Coming Back

By Contributed | February 7, 2024

By Peter Horikoshi. Posted February 7, 2024. Empire Electric, the latest and third album from the group No-No Boy, is different from their first two albums, 1942, about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and 1975, about the exodus of Vietnamese from their home country when the US withdrew all of their troops. Musically,…

Bayanihan’s Embrace

By Contributed | February 6, 2024

By Linda Wing. Posted February 6, 2024. I have roots in San Francisco. My great-great-grandfather landed there in 1854 as a 12-year-old immigrant from China. His children and grandchildren were all born in Chinatown. When the 1906 earthquake devastated the city, the entire clan consisting of three generations took refuge in Oakland – and stayed…

MOSF 19.1: Love Your Enemies? Jesus, King, Buddha, and the Psychology of Love

By Ravi Chandra | February 3, 2024

Jesus, King, Buddha and Gandhi all proposed that we love our enemies. Even ChatGPT agrees! Love helps us heal our own suffering, but loving our enemies is a tall order. How might we do it? What is the role of love as democracy is under attack, and we feel the fire of anger against injustice?