Follow the Arc of Justice

By Contributed | June 6, 2020

By Vincent Wu. I am blessed to be bi-cultural, a Chinese American.  I get to celebrate both Chinese and American holidays. When people ask me where I was from, I have to tell them it’s a bit involved. I was born in Yunnan province of China during the Second World War.  My father was sent…

WTSHTF – Fighting Anti-Asian Hate as We Emerge from Shelter-in-Place

By Contributed | May 29, 2020

By Eddie Wong. As we enter the summer of 2020, nearly all of the 50 states in the U.S. have relaxed restrictions on non-essential travel and many businesses have reopened.  As people emerge from shelter-in-place, social distancing will still be recommended for confined spaces such as classrooms, restaurants, buses, trains, restaurants, gyms and other venues…

“Dance is the Hidden Language of the Soul” – Martha Graham

By Contributed | May 24, 2020

by Eddie Wong. Trying to figure out how to generate interesting content for East Wind Ezine while sheltering-in-place is challenging. But, where there is a will, there is a way.  Like many of you, I’m spending hours scrolling through videos on YouTube, following links recommended by our community artists like “First Voice” (Brenda Wong Aoki…

Locked Down But My Spirits Are Up! – East Wind Ezine Performance Videos

By Contributed | May 23, 2020

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…

Remembering Resurrection City

By Contributed | May 21, 2020

by Alex Hing.  Editor’s Note: By 1967, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  had expanded his call for justice beyond civil rights to embrace a vision that called for progressive change in America. Not only did he oppose the Vietnam War, he also called for a massive campaign against poverty that affected poor whites and…

Karl Evangelista & Apura!

By Contributed | May 19, 2020

An interview with jazz composer/guitarist Karl Evangelista by Eddie Wong. Eddie: Tell us about how you got into music. Karl:  I began on the guitar at age 12, inspired by both the raging psychedelic blues of Jimi Hendrix and Cream as well as the noisy alternative rock of the Pixies, Nirvana, and the Smashing Pumpkins.…

Commemorating Ruth Asawa by Lenore Chinn – Video by Dianne Fukami

By Contributed | May 18, 2020

By Lenore Chinn. On August 13, 2020 the U.S. Postal Service will honor pioneering Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa with the release of stamps showcasing her iconic wire sculptures in a pane of 20 stamps, two each of 10 designs, gorgeously photographed by Dan Bradica and Laurence Cuneo. This event is significant as it begins…

Dispatches: 920 Everett St During COVID-19 – Los Angeles

By Contributed | May 12, 2020

by Bryan Sih. The following is an experimental essay, combining fragments of the transcript of Khinn’s interview from the video (in italics), conducted at her home September 14, 2019 and the filmmaker’s reflections in the wake of COVID-19.  A six-unit building at the edge of Chinatown and Echo Park is home to refugees, elderly, workers,…

Dispatches: When “Back to Before” Isn’t Enough – Oakland, CA

By Contributed | May 8, 2020

by Jade Amargo Verdeflor. I work in healthcare as a consultant, where my team’s focus is on patient experience. That is, how the care one receives in a medical setting makes them feel. The surveys that inform much of our work asks the questions that get at the socioemotional aspects of healing at a hospital,…

Fighting for Civil Rights in Hattiesburg, MS in 1965

By Contributed | May 6, 2020

By Marion Kwan. I became interested in the Civil Rights Movement while attending Hastings College, a Presbyterian college in Nebraska. In the Spring Break of 1965, a Hastings College professor had visited the Delta Ministry in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It was the only church-sponsored civil rights organization in the country, and it was headed by the…