Welcome to the strangest Asian Pacific American Heritage Month that we have every experienced. No live shows. No in-person engagement with poets, writers, speakers, musicians and filmmakers. All of this reminds us how much art is a communal experience, but it is what it is. Like the rest of you, I’ve been hunkered down at home working on projects, writing, and ruminating. I make myself get up and walk around the house and then out the door to my woodsy neighborhood. I’m also watching a lot of TV shows and movies and delving into concerts and performances on YouTube.
So, here’s my offering to you from the East Wind Ezine archives. We’re only two years old, but I’m happy to have presented some wonderful performances by artists such as Caroline M. Mar, Florante Aguilar, Hiro Morizumi, Charlie Chin, Alleluia Panis, Scott Nagatani, Jon Jang, Ruby Ibarra and Native Guns. I’ve recut the videos which were used in the various profiles of artists and their work to play as a seamless performance. So sit back, walk around, dance if it moves you. We may be on lockdown, but we are not locked up. Spirits up, we rise.