MOSF 15.8: Inferno Canto 2020 – Saying Goodbye to Donald Trump, at the Ninth Circle and Fourth Ring

By Ravi Chandra | December 26, 2020

Memoirs of a Superfan Volume 15.8: Inferno Canto 2020 – Saying Goodbye to Donald Trump, at the Ninth Circle and Fourth Ring By Ravi Chandra December 26, 2020 After Barack Obama won the presidency on November 4th 2008, the 4-11 after 9-11, after the long horror of unjust, unjustifiable and sociopathic wars, 8 years after…

“CHINA’S REBEL CITY” — AGITPROP AT THE DAWN OF HONG KONG’S POLICE STATE

By Contributed | December 26, 2020

by Doug Chan. As another tumultuous week passed in Hong Kong, during which security police froze bank accounts and made multiple arrests in retaliation against those identified with the democracy movement in Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post released an hour-long documentary on YouTube that it had posted previously as a four-part series, China’s…

Asian American/BLM Solidarity Webinar Available

By Contributed | December 24, 2020

by Eddie Wong. On November 20, 2020, East Wind ezine was a co-sponsor for “Asian American Solidarity from Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter,” a webinar by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Ed Nakatawase and Marion Kwan, who went to the South in the 1960s to join the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the…

Kotake Family Mochitsuki: Carrying on a Japanese American Tradition

By Contributed | December 22, 2020

by Eddie Wong. This is the first year in 20 years that the Kotake family and friends will not be gathering in San Jose for the traditional rice pounding and making of mochi (rice cakes).  Neither rain or cold deters this hardy bunch from carrying on this ancient communal practice. But this year is different;…

Review of Special Education by Caroline M. Mar

By Contributed | December 21, 2020

by May-lee Chai. Editor’s Note:  We are proud to present the work of Caroline M. Mar once more. She was featured in the November 19, 2019 one-year anniversary program for East Wind ezine along with singer/songwriter/storyteller Charlie Chin.  You can read my interview with Caroline and see videos from her poetry reading at Caroline M. Mar…

Angel Island Immigration Station Needs Your Help

By Contributed | December 17, 2020

by Eddie Wong. On December 17, 1943, the U.S. Congress passed the Magnuson Act also known as the Repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt lobbied hard for the Act as it would redress “an historical disgrace.” So, it is quite fitting that 77 years later, we mark this day…

Fighting Anti-Asian Racism in the 1990s: Two Cases from the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress  – Abolish the Racist Asian Mug File and Justice for the Victims of the Red Onion Assault

By Contributed | December 16, 2020

By David Monkawa. In the early 1990s, “hate crimes” directed at people of color and gays increased to over 60% against Blacks and overall 10% to 15% against non-whites. The Reagan and Bush years took a heavy toll on affirmative action, labor rights, affordable housing and brought out the forces of racism and reaction in…

When This Battle is Over, Who Will Wear the Crown? – Building on 2020’s victories for the long, difficult battle against the Right

By Contributed | December 12, 2020

By Eddie Wong When the networks declared Biden the winner in Pennsylvania giving him the 270 electoral college votes needed to become President-elect, joyous crowds danced in the streets. For nearly four years, we suffered on a daily basis as Trump trampled upon civil rights, cancelled international agreements on climate change, and rejected scientific recommendations…

What We Could Not Say Openly We Expressed in Our Music

By Contributed | December 3, 2020

By Jon Jang. Editor’s Note: I asked my friend Jon Jang to list some of the recordings that are among his favorites and which also influenced his music. He compiled this list for East Wind ezine. If you’re not familiar with Jon Jang’s music and life as educator/activist/artist, check out the short video on Jon…

Go Georgia!

By Contributed | November 21, 2020

A few weeks ago, we learned about the ground-breaking work of the Asian American Advocacy Fund (AAAF) as they prepared for the Nov. 3 election via Building A Blue Wave in Georgia . Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood laid out goals that were surpassed in the crucial victory for Biden/Harris and other progressives. All eyes are now on Georgia…