The Literature of Japanese American Incarceration: Missing links of my history and warnings for our country’s future.

By Contributed | May 15, 2024

By Peter Horikoshi. Posted May 15, 2024 One of my biggest regrets in life was not asking my parents about their incarceration at the Heart Mountain “Relocation Center” in Wyoming during World War II. My brother and older sister were also imprisoned there but were far too young to remember anything about living in the…

Exploring Identity and Solidarity Through Art: Where Is Your Body Exhibition at SOMArts

By Contributed | May 13, 2024

By Stephanie Gancayco. Posted May 13, 2024 In 2024, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) representation in pop culture is reaching new heights – from actors like Ali Wong and Steven Yeun garnering Best Actress and Best Actor wins at the Golden Globes to K-Pop groups like ATEEZ playing prime time spots at Coachella. Amidst…

DO NOT SIT OUT THIS ELECTION

By Contributed | May 12, 2024

By Hope Shinpo. Posted May 12, 2024 Many activists have been working incredibly hard every day to demand an end to the genocide of the Palestinians, to demand that immigrants be treated like human beings, and are fighting for many other social justice issues in this country.  This organizing is critically important and must continue…

The Account of “Walks Far” – A Charlie Chin Short Story

By Contributed | May 11, 2024

by Charlie Chin. Posted May 11, 2024    Discovered in the attic of an old “Noodle House” Chinese restaurant in Helena, Montana, and unread for over a hundred years, the personal account of a Chinese man who participated Black Hills, Dakota Gold Rush, was discovered.  Sent to historian Prof. Chan Gkin Mon for translation, the…

Byron Rumford and Black History at Cal: Fiat Lux

By Contributed | May 5, 2024

By Linda Wing. Posted May 5, 2024 Recently, I participated in UC Berkeley’s brand-new Black History Tour. Gia White, our guide and co-creator of the tour, provided insights into the experiences of students and faculty members dating back to 1881. It was then, 143 years ago, when the first Black student enrolled at Cal. We…

Memories of Mindanao: Part Two – Cotabato

By Contributed | April 14, 2024

By Conrad Benedicto. Posted April 14, 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 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…