MOSF 17.2: “THE EXILES” – The Tank Man or the Tank?

By Ravi Chandra | January 24, 2022

THE EXILES is a film for our time, chronicling the career of Christine Choy and the struggle of dissidents and exiles from the democracy movement in China post-1989. The Chinese government, like the GOP, is trying to erase memory and history to maintain power.

Hank Bittle – a short story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | January 15, 2022

by Charlie Chin. Posted January 15, 2022.     After thirty years of working at the Gatlin, Georgia Feed Mill, Hank Bittle decided to take his first vacation. The boys were both on their own, Lucy was gone for over three years now.  Hattie, the waitress at the Cozy Café in town, suggested Hank take a…

MOSF 17.1: SF School Board Recall is a Cover for Racism and Elitism. Vote No!

By Ravi Chandra | January 12, 2022

The San Francisco School Board Recall Special Election on February 15, 2022 channels frustration about COVID school closures into racist and elitist outcomes and agendas.

Mapping the Unfamliar: A Review of Navigating with(out) Instruments by traci kato-kiriyama

By Contributed | January 11, 2022

By Christian Hanz Lozada. Posted on Jan. 11, 2022. Late in 2021, after reading just a handful of pieces in Navigating With(out) Instruments while bedside as my brother recovered from surgery (surgeons removed a tumor and he’s recovering nicely), I messaged traci kato-kiriyama about feeling seen on so many levels so quickly into their book.…

Maria Ressa and the Spirit of West Side Story

By Contributed | December 31, 2021

Why the goosebump-inducing moments of Maria Ressa’s Nobel prize-winning speech resonate with the imagery of the new ‘West Side Story’ By Sandip Roy. Posted Dec. 31, 2021. Introduction: On December 10, 2021, two valiant journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. Both of them head investigative news organizations, Ressa with Rappler in…

MOSF 16.10: Assassin. Abattoir. Academia. America. The Poetry of Truong Tran and Terrance Hayes.

By Ravi Chandra | December 30, 2021

Truong Tran and Terrance Hayes unflinchingly call out White supremacy in their outstanding works of poetry. Plus a look at the “universal human transmissions” as embodied in the gifts of the Magi and the life and death of Jesus.

The Wakasa Monument: What It Is and Why It Matters

By Contributed | December 22, 2021

by John Ota with statements by Masako Takahashi and Nancy Ukai. Posted Dec. 22, 2021 Introduction: Recently, a controversy has emerged concerning the Wakasa Monument, a large memorial stone built by Japanese Americans at the U.S. prison camp in Utah known as Topaz to commemorate James Wakasa, who was unjustly shot and killed there by…

A Boy’s Courage and Ancient Spirits Fuel a Fight for Liberation – A Review of Musalaya’s Gift by Conrad J. Benedicto

By Eddie Wong | December 21, 2021

Reviewed by Eddie Wong. Posted December 21,2021. Conrad J. Benedicto’s debut fantasy novel Musalaya’s Gift, published by Kularts, is a wild ride through a world richly populated by the Lukat people, forest creatures and sea monsters. As the Lukat throw off the shackles of oppression using their wits and sheer will, they harness the spiritual…

The Sword of Saladin – Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | December 12, 2021

by Charlie Chin. Posted December 12, 2021. Newspaper man Doug Chiang and New York City Detective Nick Morales return with another deliciously twisted tale from New York Chinatown.  Who doesn’t love a mystery?  If you enjoyed, Chin’s “Big Bob” posted in East Wind ezine in October 2021, you will be intrigued by this murder in…

In Memoriam Wilma Chan

By Contributed | December 6, 2021

by Eddie Wong with commentary by Sherry Hirota, Keith Carson, Nikki Fortunato Bas, Nancy Skinner, David Brown, Pam Tau Lee, Gordon Chang, Fay Wong and Alex Tom. Posted November 6, 2021 How does one begin to process the sudden and tragic death of Wilma Chan, a progressive  Alameda County Supervisor, who broke ground as the…