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?

For Asian Americans, January Brings Memories of Tragedy and Hope for Change

By Contributed | January 27, 2024

ByHelen Zia. Posted January 27, 2024 with author’s permission from Ethnic Media Service, Jan. 16, 2024. Memorials for those killed in attacks targeting the Asian American community are a reminder both of the pain and of how activists are turning tragedy into a chance for real change. Above: Vicha Ratanapakdee Way in San Francisco, named…

‘Beef’ nails the complex reality of Asian American family life—and it’s groundbreaking

By Contributed | January 26, 2024

Most depictions of AAPI families aren’t widely seen, but the popularity of ‘Beef’ has changed that in such an amazing way. By Jane Kim. Posted January 26, 2024. (Note: An earlier version of this review appeared in Motherly.com on May 24, 2023). Updated Introduction: If you haven’t seen “Beef,” as Lizzo succinctly put it, it’s…

The Tragedy of the Seventh Day – By Jon Lee. Republished from California Folklore Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4 October 1942

By Contributed | January 18, 2024

Introduction by Eddie Wong. Posted January 18, 2024. One of the delights of doing research is that of the serendipitous discovery. This is precisely what happened when I was reading Hua Hsu’s A Floating Chinaman – Fantasy and Failure across the Pacific (Harvard University Press, 2016) researching the life of H.T. Tsiang, an actor, writer…

Chicken Skin – A Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | January 10, 2024

By Charlie Chin. Posted January 10, 2024 From the files of the Bureau of Unusual Occurrences.  Quarterly report to main office.  Agents Carmen Chung and Olivia Kim reporting.  These transcripts are taken from collected field recordings of the last three months.   Interviewers poised the question “What is the strangest story you have ever heard?” Case…

Rest in Peace/Rest in Power – A Tribute to Alan Nishio, A Fierce and Gentle Warrior

By Eddie Wong | December 31, 2023

Article by Eddie Wong with the poem “Thank you, Alan” by Susan Hayase. Posted December 31, 2023 Longtime activist, educator, and leader in the Los Angeles Japanese American community and progressive movement, Alan Nishio died on December 27, 2023 after a 17-year battle with cancer.  And what a battle it was –seven surgeries, four rounds…