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…

April 30, 2020 – 1/1000 by The Missing Piece Project

By Contributed | April 30, 2020

The Missing Piece Project wishes to share the following video, which was to be part of the annual dedication at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Each year for the past several years, the Missing Piece Project has marked April 30, the day the American War ended and a flow of refugees began…

Exploring the Art of Connie Cagampang Heller

By Contributed | April 26, 2020

A self-directed interview by Connie Cagampang Heller. Why do you make art? I have made art as long as I can remember, but I began to think about myself as an artist when I began learning and reading about race, power and social justice. My artwork has always been inspired by what I am reading…

WTF – Stop Anti-Asian Hate!

By Contributed | April 25, 2020

 By Eddie Wong. By now, most of you reading this article have either been confronted with anti-Asian hate, know of someone who has been racially taunted, or read about it and seen it via social media. To date, #StopAAPIHate has reported 1,400 incidents with 68% of the incidents directed against Asian American women.  Verbal harassment…

Dispatches: NYC – Sunday in the Park with Justine & Sophia

By Contributed | April 17, 2020

by Justine Lee. It’s my first Spring in New York City. I didn’t think I could love a season more than I loved fall, well, now I do. Every Sunday, my roommate and I take our weekly walk through Central Park and every time, we see our first sight of color and new life, my…

Pushing Back Against Anti-Asian Hate & Anti-Semitism

By Contributed | April 11, 2020

by Eddie Wong We have reported on the rise of anti-Chinese and anti-Asian hate crimes with posts by William Gee Wong and Helen Zia on the roots and implications of this wave of racism and xenophobia.  Since its launch two weeks ago, the Stop AAPI Hate website has received reports of 1,135 incidents of hate, half of which…