Parol Festival Sends A Joyous Message of Unity

By Contributed | December 13, 2018

by Eddie Wong There was a slight chill in the air on this San Francisco night deep in SOMA Pilipinas, the cultural heritage district of the Filipino American community. And winter in SF is often rainy and cold.  But nothing could dampen the spirit of the hundreds who gathered for the Parol Lantern Festival, now…

Native Guns reunites to honor Dawn Mabalon

By Contributed | December 9, 2018

by Eddie Wong This post is a preview/teaser for a longer story that will include an interview with Native Guns and  more clips from their December 8, 2018 show at Bindlestiff Studio by Jericho Saria.  MCs Bambu and Kiwi and DJ Phatrick performed at this benefit for Little Manila Rising and to honor of scholar/activist…

From Heart Mountain to Henoko Bay – for Uncle Shōbo and Okinawa

By Contributed | November 15, 2018

By Miya Sommers Monday was Veterans Day, and the ashy skies sagged from the weight of yet another devastating fire raging in California. I have trouble breathing as I inhale apocalyptic visions of our future on this day of solemn commemoration. My Facebook feed is filled with tag lines like “ honor those who paid…

Play It Again, David Sum – SF Chinatown’s pioneering jazz pianist.

By Contributed | November 14, 2018

By Eddie Wong Introduction I interviewed David Sum a long, long time ago. October 30, 1982 to be exact.   I had heard that David played in San Francisco Chinatown dance bands and jazz combos in the 1920s and 1930s, but I had no idea that he toured the USA in vaudeville. In the following interview,…

OC APAs Planting Seeds for Progressives

By Contributed | November 13, 2018

Orange County APAs lay foundation for  progressive electoral organizing By Mark Masaoka As heavily Democratic as Asian Pacific Americans are in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles—that is how heavily Republican APAs are in Orange County (OC). Of Orange County’s 13 state legislators, five are APA Republicans, as are three of the County’s…

Election Commentaries by Timmy Lu and Michael Liu

By Contributed | November 13, 2018

APAs on the Move! By Timmy Lu There were some really exciting wins at the local level, with House races in Orange County, California still TBD, progressive Asian American candidates winning in the Bay Area (Gordon Mar for San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Nikki Fortunato Bas and Sheng Thao for Oakland City Council ), and…

APAs Impact the Midterm Elections

By Contributed | November 13, 2018

By Eddie Wong All over the country, Asian Pacific American activists participated in the all-out effort to beat back Trump and take back theHouse of Representatives on November 6. Not only did the Democrats exceed the goal of flipping 23 seats (votes are still being tabulated in several close races and the Dems may gain…

Blue Tsunami in Cobb County, Georgia. Abrams All the Way!

By Contributed | November 12, 2018

By Donna Wong I’m keeping my spirits up ….and my yard sign for Stacey Abrams as thousands of provisional, absentee ballots are still being counted for Governor of Georgia for a possible runoff which will be announced by Wednesday, November 14.  Meanwhile on Tuesday, November 6, Election Day, the Blue Tsunami hit suburbs of Atlanta,…

Fifty Years of Knocking on Doors –“You got to move when the Spirit says “Move!”

By Contributed | November 12, 2018

by Alex Hing “This is the most important election of our lives” was my mantra during this election season. No way I was going to sit this one out and only vote and donate money. While there were many campaigns that needed volunteers, I was intuitively and by happenstance drawn to the Max Rose for…

Larry Itliong Day at SF Marriott Workers Strike

By Contributed | October 26, 2018

by Eddie Wong 8,000 UNITE HERE workers nationwide at the Marriott Hotels remain on strike for better wages and safer working conditions.  The following video celebrates the Oct. 25, 1913 birthday of labor organizer and leader Larry Itliong, the First Vice-President of the United Farm Workers.  Norman Ten and Daz Lamparas from the Asian Pacific…