2020

Oakland Filmmaker Tony Nguyen and “I SEE ME”

Editor’s Note:  After watching Tony Nguyen’s latest short doc, “I SEE ME,” which was released online for the observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, I contacted him to learn more about his work. He’s created an interesting body of work rooted in the Vietnamese community and in his hometown of Oakland, CA. …

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From Medicare-for-All to Med-Equality-for-All

By David Monkawa. Editor’s Note:  As the pandemic continues to sweep across the U.S., the infection rate and fatalities are staggering for working people and communities of color. The lack of public investment in our health care system left us unprepared. The crisis is worsened by the ignorant, callous pronouncements of President Trump.  As we…

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SF Chinatown Joins Nationwide Actions for Juneteenth

Editor’s introduction:  The murder of George Floyd sparked protests all over the United States and the world.  It also compelled organizations of all types from corporations to non-profit community groups as well as arts institutions to take a stand.  The process of deliberation, discussion and soul searching has profoundly reshaped individuals and clarified the mission…

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Trump’s China Bashing Poses A Danger and Dilemma

By Eddie Wong. President Trump and Republican Party candidates have clearly made China bashing and immigration restriction key themes their re-election bid. Trump can meander into the weeds as he did at a White House press conference on July 14 with bizarre claims that new buildings would no longer have windows if Democrats win and…

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Social Justice and Engaged Buddhism

by Eddie Wong. I always look forward to getting the e-newsletter from the Rev. Duncan Ryūken Williams, a Buddhist minister and Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages & Cultures and the Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture ,who is active in TSURU FOR SOLIDARITY.  Although I am not a…

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Rona + Racism Requires Radical Solutions

by Eddie Wong. The air is thick and brooding on this hot summer night. Sirens, shouts and cries mingle in restless anticipation. In the distance, the sound of muffled thunder signals the coming storm. Suddenly, the sky splits open, bolts of lightning slash through the darkness over and over. Trees, buildings, cars, animals – everything…

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Tsuru for Solidarity’s Nationwide Rallies

Editor’s Note:  Tsuru for Solidarity and Japanese American progressives held programs and rallies across the U.S. on June 6 and 7, 2020 in support of immigrant and refugee rights and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.  This post contains short reports from a few of the events. South San Francisco, California Kim Miyoshi spoke for…

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Yellow Peril and Asian/Black/Multinational Unity

by Eddie Wong As I write this post, the body of George Floyd is on its way to Houston where he will be laid at rest next to his mother’s grave on Tuesday, June 9. It will be a day of mourning not only for his family but also a day of remembrance for the…

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