by Eddie Wong On November 15, 2019, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of East Wind Ezine with a joyous evening of poetry, storytelling and songs from poet Caroline M. Mar and singer/storyteller Charlie Chin.  I’m developing full articles on both of them, but as a holiday treat, I’m posting up videos from their performances for you…

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by E. San Juan, Jr., Professorial Chairholder, Polytechnic University of the Philippines Editor’s note:  This post is E. San Juan’s introduction to the new edition of America Is in The Heart, which became available in paperback via Penguin Classics on May 21, 2019. We thank E. San Juan for allowing us to publish this essay…

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article by Grant Din, testimony by Jennie Lew U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently proposed a 492% increase in fees required to access historical records held by the USCIS Genealogy Program. Many of these records should already be publicly accessible. USCIS is essentially holding them hostage, demanding individuals pay exorbitant fees to access documents…

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Japanese Americans from across the country will gather next spring in Washington,D.C. on June 5-7, 2020 for a “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps.” We plan to bring 125,000 paper cranes, or tsuru, as expressions of solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities that are under attack today. The 125,000 cranes represent the members of our…

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Story by Grace Morizawa and Video by Alan Kondo. On Sunday November 3 2019 the nearly 200 pilgrims who had attended the first official Crystal City pilgrimage, Hidden History–Justice Denied began returning home from the four-day pilgrimage. They had come from as far away points as Hawaii, Indiana, and Washington DC to renew friendships and…

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I can’t think of a more vibrant, engaging person than Asiroh Cham, a filmmaker who was trained at UCLA’s EthnoCommunications Program under the leadership of Prof. Robert Nakamura.  She has an inquisitive spirit, a staunch determination to tell the stories of the Cham people, and an irresistible charm that draws you in for an entrancing…

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IF GOVERNMENTS WON’T MAKE PEACE, THE PEOPLE WILL! PEOPLE –TO-PEOPLE DIPLOMACY, APALA’S DELEGATION TO OKINAWA/TOKYO By Alex Hing This is a fairly lengthy article, so please take some time to join the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) journey to Okinawa and Tokyo and learn that it is the people who are making peace!                                                                                                                            …

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“One Spot of Normalcy: Chiura Obata’s Art Schools”  by Rihoko Ueno, an archivist at the Archive of American Art in Washington, D.C.,  was posted on September 10, 2019 on the Archive’s blog. Her article brings attention to artistic work in the assembly centers and concentration camps that sprung up in 1942 to imprison 112,000 Japanese…

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Introduction – Artist and activist Leon Sun is a San Francisco artist with decades of experience as an organizer, an arts instructor, and exhibited artist. His works which include silkscreen prints, photographs, paintings and illustrations will be showcased in two San Francisco exhibitions in November 2019. The first exhibit begins as part of Open Studios…

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by Jade Verdeflor – Celebrating 20 years of APAture at Kearny Street Workshop “It was like someone had opened a window onto a landscape we’d never seen before, and the landscape was packed with AAPI artists to an extent we would have never believed,” shared Claire Light, regarding the opening night of the first ever…

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