Good Medicine – A Short Story

By Contributed | April 9, 2021

 by Charlie Chin. “There’s a raccoon in the laundry room again.”  My wife scurried off to the kitchen throwing a look of concern over her shoulder at me.   She worried constantly that a mountain lion or Grizzly Bear, might show up at our front door.  It was one of the things I didn’t think of…

“Pandemic Postscript” and more – Poetry by Amy Uyematsu

By Contributed | April 3, 2021

by Amy Uyematsu. Introduction: I’ve been writing poetry since my involvement in the early Asian American movement of the late 60s.  Japanese-American and Asian-American themes have been important in much of my writing through the decades.  While I also take on many other topics – among some of my favorites, are stones, women, culture –…

Justice for Asian Americans requires greater understanding and addressing economic realities beyond stereotypes

By Contributed | April 2, 2021

Intro:  We are pleased to repost Anu Kumar’s article of March 30, 2021 at Working Economics Blog at the Economic Policy Institute.. Please sign up to receive weekly updates on policy recommendations and progressive analysis focused on winning economic equality. by Anu Kumar In the wake of the mass shootings in Atlanta on March 16, we…

Anti-Asian Violence through a Working Class Lens (Part 1)

By Contributed | March 27, 2021

Individual acts of anti-Asian violence are offsprings of corporate anti-Asian violence. by David Monkawa. Our parents, grandparents and great grand parents have fought against anti-Asian violence (AAV) for more than 150 years. Individual racists acts, organized white supremacists, corporate anti-Asian violence and state sponsored anti-Asian violence in the form of mass incarceration. Obviously, we have…

Aromatherapy – A Poem by Genny Lim

By Contributed | March 25, 2021

Is it not enough to sew your jeans? Is it not enough to launder your shirts or cook your favorite cuisine? Is it not enough I melt your sore and aching muscles with the scent of jasmine or oil of sandalwood to titillate your fantasies of conquest? Do I trigger your lust with the suppleness…

Our Rage is a Fire Burning Into the Soul of America

By Contributed | March 23, 2021

By Eddie Wong The news of the Atlanta spa killings hit on the West Coast on late Tuesday afternoon March 16. As news alerts of “multiple deaths at Asian spas” crawled across my computer screen, a sense of dread welled up and sank to the pit of my stomach.  Many of us who have written…

The Invisible Man

By Contributed | March 12, 2021

East Wind ezine is proud to present another short story by Charlie Chin. My phone buzzed to tell me that I had a call.  I checked the name and knew it was urgent.  I punched the number for Dr. Ira Baumberg, the Director of the Identity Crisis Center at Beth Shalom Hospital, San Francisco.  It…

Japanese American Seniors and the US Healthcare Crisis

By Contributed | March 5, 2021

By David Monkawa. There is a crisis in the Japanese American communities. It impacts all Asians, all elderly really. We have the most numbers of seniors over 65 in the nation, about 19%. More than any other race. On average, nursing homes start at $5,000 a month. Bilingual bicultural care is a lifeline for non-English…

Sansei Granddaughters’ Journey – A Path for Remembrance

By Contributed | February 28, 2021

By Miya Sommers. With the end of the community’s first entirely virtual “Day of Remembrance” season, Sansei Granddaughters’ Journey offers us a path for remembrance through art and ceremony. (Ed. Note: You can view the film by clicking on the link at the end of this review.) In this powerful 30-minute documentary, artists Reiko Fujii,…

Spying on the Asian American Movement: The FBI files 1960s and 1970s

By Contributed | February 23, 2021

By Eddie Wong. “Judas and the Black Messiah,” a drama directed by Shaka King, and “MLK/FBI,” a documentary directed by Sam Pollard, both recently released and available online, shed light on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and local police tactics to monitor, disrupt, and destroy organizations dedicated to the liberation of Black people.  The…