Art, Activism, and Assemblage

By Contributed | August 22, 2018

By Lucien Kubo I am a Sansei, a third generation Japanese American. An important part of my life’s experience is that of my parents, their families and the over 110,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated in concentration camps during WWII. Executive Order 9066, based on racist “irrational fear” of foreigners in the time of war and the…

Citizenship for All – NAKASEC launches Journey to Justice

By Contributed | August 22, 2018

By Eddie Wong On May 30 2018, the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) announced the “Citizenship for All” campaign, which was promoted via the “Journey to Justice” bike tour from Aug. 1, 2019 to Sept. 6, 2018. Eleven core “Dream Riders” were joined by many allies along the journey that started in…

#Don’tExcludeUs! – San Jose JAs in Solidarity

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

By Susan Hayase and Tom Izu Times change. What once was a pivotal development can become routine. In 1981, over 700 Japanese American former incarcerees and their Sansei children broke decades of silence on the injustice of the fall-out from Executive Order 9066 — a forced expulsion and mass incarceration that would upend every aspect…

An OG’s Reflections by May Chen

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

An OG’s (Older Generation) Reflections This article is a companion piece to the interview with Cathy Dang, Executive Director of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, which also appears in East Wind ezine, Fall 2018. by May Chen Meeting, supporting, and working with Cathy Dang and others in today’s new generation of community activists, leaders and organizers…

Cathy Dang: Organizing with Discipline, Rigor, Love and Revolutionary Heart

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

Interview and Editing by May Chen Cathy Dang grew up in her parents’ nail salons. They were refugees from Vietnam, arriving in 1979. Cathy was born in Ridgewood, Queens, NYC. The family eventually moved to LA, where she worked continually in the family’s nail salon. College is where her political consciousness began, at Loyola Marymount…

Book Review: A Time to Rise

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) Edited by Rene Ciria Cruz, Cindy Domingo, and Bruce Occena Foreword by Augusto F. Espiritu Reviewed here by Florante Peter Ibanez (a former KDP member – Los Angeles/San Diego Chapters) This is a collective book project that began some 20 years ago…

Chinatown Art Brigade: Social Practice, Cultural Resistance, and Defying Displacement

By Contributed | August 17, 2018

by Diane Wong Manhattan’s Chinatown has been home to generations of socially engaged art collectives and continues to be a locus for Asian American political resistance, dissent, and movement. From the Basement Workshop and the Asian American Art Centre in the 1970s to Godzilla and Epoxy Art Group in the following years, the tradition of…

Water is Life – Standing with Standing Rock

By Contributed | August 16, 2018

Artist and activist Leon Sun journeyed to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in 2016 to join the water protectors at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Upon his return, he also photographed several spirited “No DAPL” rallies  in San Francisco. In September 2016, I went with a primarily women and two-spirit delegation sent by Grassroots…

“When we’re doing things with other people, that’s where hope is.”

By Contributed | August 16, 2018

“When we’re doing things with other people, that’s where hope is. That is the only way to keep ourselves going.” – Emily Ja-Ming Lee, Director of San Francisco Rising Interview by Eddie Wong Emily Ja-Ming Lee is an energetic, bright woman who has earned a reputation as one of the leading social justice movement and…

The Forgotten Zine of 1960s Asian-American Radicals

By Contributed | August 16, 2018

East Wind ezine wishes to thank Topic.com and writer Jaeah J. Lee for allowing us to link to her article about Gidra, the groundbreaking Asian American community newspaper that debuted in April 1969 in Los Angeles.  The article appeared online at Topic.com earlier this year. I asked Mike Murase, who is featured prominently in the article,…