Dispatches: Greece, Bangladesh, Kenya – Refugee Camps & COVID-19 Crisis

By Contributed | April 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has left thousands of people dead and sickened all over the world.  Yet, there is still relatively little media coverage of the dire conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and stateless people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.  Crowded conditions on top of lack of clean water…

Dispatches: Saigon, Viet Nam – Living With Cô Vy in Saigon

By Contributed | April 6, 2020

By Chung Hoàng Chuong. Just got a message from my cell phone: mandatory shut down of all businesses catering to entertainment, personal services, cafes, restaurants, and some public transportation. This is for a huge megalopolis called Saigon. It is serious and the government has done the necessary precautions in this socialist republic where I have…

Build Solidarity – Asian American Christian Collaborative’s Call to Pastors and Parishioners

By Contributed | April 5, 2020

by Eddie Wong. We’ve devoted several articles/posts recently to the horrific rise of anti-Chinese and anti-Asian violence induced by racist hysteria over Covid-19.  As Bill Wong and Helen Zia pointed out in their articles, President Trump gave license to haters throughout the land by labeling it the “Chinese virus.”  In addition to condemning racist hate…

Fighting the Pandemic of Bigotry and Racism

By Contributed | April 4, 2020

Editor’s Note:  Helen Zia’s op-ed piece appeared in the Washington Post on April 2, 2020. She graciously shares the full version of her essay with East Wind Ezine. Though the wave of anti-Asian racism that looms in response to the global coronavirus pandemic is ugly and frightening, it is not new. I should know: I…

Dispatches: LA – Homebound Haiku by Amy Uyematsu

By Contributed | April 4, 2020

Homebound Haiku Unstoppable spring –             burst of green on bare branches                         virus without bounds Which is scarier –             bullets, viral pandemics,                         a mob ruled by fear No time to prepare –             a self-absorbed president’s                         lies and excuses Pandemic or not –             the White House sees dollar signs…

Dispatches: Athens, GA – My Mask Is Your Mask

By Contributed | April 3, 2020

Preface – Pink silk mask, handmade: I wear your fear on my face To say, “I love you.”   My mask is your mask   By Suzi Wong, April 2, 2020 Just so you know, I will be wearing a mask the next time you see me at the supermarket.  That is not only to protect…

Anti-Chinese, Anti-Asian Racism: Unsurprising, Shocking, Infuriating

By Contributed | April 1, 2020

Veteran journalist, editor and author William Gee Wong examines the recent explosion of racist and xenophobic violence and its impact on the many waves Chinese in America. By William Gee Wong The racism now being felt by people of Chinese descent and some other Asian Americans because of the coronavirus pandemic is unsurprising, shocking, and…

Dr. Joseph Ozawa – All People Are Equal

By Contributed | March 30, 2020

Dr. Joseph Ozawa is a remarkable man. His journey started in  J-Flats/Los Angeles after being born in a U.S. concentration camp during WWII  and continued to Harvard College when, during his sophomore year, he joined the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham,AL.  His career as a teacher, psychologist, and therapist have led him all over the…

Dispatches: Manila – Life Under Quarantine

By Contributed | March 26, 2020

An Interview with Rick Rocamora, photojournalist, on current conditions in Manila. Eddie Wong: Tell us about your recent trip to the Philippines.  Was it on a photo assignment and family visits?  What time period was the trip? Rick Rocamora:  My trip was to finish a book project, a documentary on the Sigma Rho fraternity, which…

Dispatches: Marietta, GA – Fire Within

By Contributed | March 26, 2020

FIRE WITHIN by Donna Wong A stealth disease is here.  I’m well but I also could be unwell. I’m definitely feeling a shift to a new normal, but still much is the same with modifications:  move, eat, drink, poop/pee, sleep, replenish. While having retired several years ago, I no longer recall days and dates, or…