APURA! Live Concert –  Music of Joy and Freedom!

By Eddie Wong | July 13, 2021

Posted July 14, 2021. Eddie Wong’s Intro: It’s been a long and difficult 16 months for performing artists and musicians because the pandemic shuttered venues. To their credit, actors, performance artists and musicians have worked hard to create new work and build community with peers and audiences. I’ve been following Karl Evangelista’s music ever since…

Ming’s Second Wife – A Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | July 12, 2021

Editor’s Note: Charlie Chin continues his monthly series of short stories with a look at a seldom discussed aspect of Chinese American life – intermarriage between Chinese men and Irish women at the turn of the century.  In this story, fate throws together partners who would be unlikely companions let alone spouses. Although this story…

HATE AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS & ASIAN WOMEN – A Commentary by Marion Kwan

By Contributed | June 30, 2021

Anti-Asian American bashing isn’t new; this isn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last. I’m never surprised when it comes. As a Chinese and as a woman, I know. Hate and discrimination against Chinese women and girls started almost from the time of the first large arrival of sojourners from southern China to…

Blood on Gold Mountain – Two Remaining Podcasts June 30 and July 14

By Contributed | June 23, 2021

By Eddie Wong.  I’m sorry that I’m bringing you news belatedly about the groundbreaking podcast “Blood on Gold Mountain,” but better late than never as there are two remaining podcasts in the seven-part series.  The episodes will drop on June 30 and July 14. Producer Hao Huang, professor at Scripps College, wanted East Wind ezine…

120,000 Stories by Nobuko Miyamoto – New Double CD Available

By Contributed | June 20, 2021

A Review by Peter Horikoshi. When Eddie Wong, editor of EastWind ezine, asked me to review the new CD set by Nobuko Miyamoto entitled 120,000 Stories, I didn’t realize how much reading and research I was going to have to do in addition to just listening to the songs! There’s a lot going on here…

Gloria Betancourt ¡Presente! – Remembrance by Shiree Teng

By Contributed | June 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: Gloria Betancourt passed away on February 13, 2021 in Watsonville, California.  She was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to California in 1961 as a teenager with her mother Maria Morales to join her father Pascal who had been working the fields in California. She was a longtime cannery worker in Watsonville…

Henry’s Hawaiian Diner by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | June 10, 2021

Introduction: Charlie Chin spins his stories in wide arcs that grow knottier and funnier with each paragraph. Sit back, smile, and enjoy another possibly true slice of Asian American life. Henry is not there.  Actually, Henry is never there.  He died back in 1981.  He started the diner in San Mateo back in sixties and…

My Journey to Asian American Jazz

By Contributed | May 31, 2021

By Jeff Chan. For some reason, music has been with me my whole life. Or most of it, at least. I write “for some reason because I remember little to no music ever being played in my home while growing up in Concord, CA. But, again, for some reason, my older brother joined band and…

Tiffany Lytle – Singer, Storyteller, Scholar

By Contributed | May 24, 2021

by Eddie Wong. I had the honor of appearing on a webinar with Tiffany Lytle, a performing artist and scholar, on May 6, 2021.  Moderated by UCLA Asian American Studies Professor Kelly Fong, the “Art + Politics: Asian American Activists in the Movement for Social Justice” panel also featured renown singer/choreographer/writer Nobuko Miyamoto and filmmaker…

Terri Burger and The Kokuho Rose by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | May 19, 2021

We’re pleased to present this month’s story by Charlie Chin.      Contrary to what most people think, Terri and The Rose are not Lesbians.  Sure, The Kokuho Rose is very athletic and works in a pet grooming place.  So what?  Terri wears spikey haircuts and often uses the Men’s Restroom, but that’s just to freak…