Jazz Pianist Mahiru Coda aka Mappy

By Contributed | August 8, 2018

by Shionoe Mahiru Koda 甲田まひる a.k.a. Mappy is a precocious 17 year old jazz pianist from Tokyo. She learned classical piano and jazz techniques during the start of her musical career and listened to Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell for many hours. Mappy has good technique and range and has a presence when performing. In…

East Wind Rising

By Contributed | August 8, 2018

by Eddie Wong Wind. Sometimes it’s a cool, gentle ocean breeze. Sometimes it’s  a fierce blast of heat. Whether it is hot or cold, wind is simply energy moving through space and time. East Wind ezine is like the wind. We are a new energy gathering strength from our past to move us into the…

Roots and Resistance in Hakka Diaspora

By Contributed | July 23, 2018

Roots and Resistance in the Hakka Chinese Diaspora  by Wayne Yeh 葉氏家族以客家人文精神為支柱 The Hakka Spirit is the Pillar of the Yap Clan 樹高千丈,葉落歸根 No matter how tall a tree grows, its leaves will fall back to their roots There is a Chinese saying: 「有陽光的地方就有華人,有華人的地方就有客家人」Wherever the sun shines, there are Chinese people. Wherever there are Chinese…

The Pledge of Black Asian Allegiance

By Contributed | July 18, 2018

The following seven minute video clip from Jon Jang’s four part musical composition “The Pledge of Black Asian Allegiance” features Dr. Amanda Kemp and the Jon Jangtet: Jon Jang (pianist/composer), Gary Brown (bass), Deszon X. Claiborne (drums), Hitomi Oba (saxophone), and Nick DePinna (trombone). The composition focuses on the friendship of Malcolm X and Yuri…