Our Humanity – Three Poems by Genny Lim

By Contributed | August 30, 2018

We live in an age defined by wars and mass migration. The greatest violence committed against humanity was the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 80,000 people instantly. It has been 73 years since the tragedy and sadly, the world has not succeeded in banning nuclear arms and if anything,…

Who (Hu) is American?

By Contributed | August 29, 2018

By Jon Jang Act I My Grandparents In 1882, President Chester Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act which banned Chinese immigrants from entering the United States as well as denying naturalization to Chinese immigrants to become US citizens. This was the first US law that excluded people in this country solely on the basis of…

“Home,” the Wentworth Alley Mural

By Contributed | August 26, 2018

Interview by Eddie Wong “Home,” is a mural that depicts many aspects of working people’s lives in San Francisco Chinatown. In the following video, artist, educator and community organizer Kayan Cheung-Miaw explains the story behind the mural that she designed. She also comments on the process by which students, many of whom did not live…

From Photographs to Paintings

By Contributed | August 24, 2018

By Tony Remington I was recently one of the featured artists of the 2018 Pistahan held in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens. My modest exhibit consisted of paintings from my photographs of the hastily established post-Manilatown senior centers. It was a roughly from a seven year period that immediately followed the International Hotel Evictions of…

Gentrification, Artwashing and Community Power in LA Chinatown with CCED’s Annie Shaw and Sophat Phea

By Contributed | August 24, 2018

Interview by Promise Li This interview highlights some of the histories and strategies in which organizers from Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED), a grassroots, multi-generational, all-volunteer community organization, fought against effects of gentrification, from artwashing to displacement, in Los Angeles Chinatown. Annie Shaw, a tenant organizer and current Campaign Co-Chair, and Sophat Phea, the…

Three Poems by Amy Uyematsu

By Contributed | August 22, 2018

Poetry by Amy Uyematsu Ed. note: If you are reading these poems on a phone, please view the screen in the horizontal position in order to see the line breaks as intended by  the poet.                                        …

Art, Activism, and Assemblage

By Contributed | August 22, 2018

By Lucien Kubo I am a Sansei, a third generation Japanese American. An important part of my life’s experience is that of my parents, their families and the over 110,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated in concentration camps during WWII. Executive Order 9066, based on racist “irrational fear” of foreigners in the time of war and the…

Citizenship for All – NAKASEC launches Journey to Justice

By Contributed | August 22, 2018

By Eddie Wong On May 30 2018, the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) announced the “Citizenship for All” campaign, which was promoted via the “Journey to Justice” bike tour from Aug. 1, 2019 to Sept. 6, 2018. Eleven core “Dream Riders” were joined by many allies along the journey that started in…

#Don’tExcludeUs! – San Jose JAs in Solidarity

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

By Susan Hayase and Tom Izu Times change. What once was a pivotal development can become routine. In 1981, over 700 Japanese American former incarcerees and their Sansei children broke decades of silence on the injustice of the fall-out from Executive Order 9066 — a forced expulsion and mass incarceration that would upend every aspect…

An OG’s Reflections by May Chen

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

An OG’s (Older Generation) Reflections This article is a companion piece to the interview with Cathy Dang, Executive Director of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, which also appears in East Wind ezine, Fall 2018. by May Chen Meeting, supporting, and working with Cathy Dang and others in today’s new generation of community activists, leaders and organizers…