Carl Imiola Young’s Journey from the Civil Rights Movement to Hawaiian Sovereignty

By Contributed | August 6, 2020

By Eddie Wong. One of the great pleasures of publishing East Wind Ezine is uncovering little-known stories about Asian American artists or activists whose stories are missing from history.  We’re here to make sure people never forget the many ways Asian Americans have been part of the cultural and political life of the U.S. We…

Gene Yang’s “Superman Smashes the Klan” Smashes Expectations… Again!

By Contributed | August 4, 2020

By: Katie Quan. This article contains spoilers. The legend and influence of Superman extends far beyond Krypton and Metropolis. As the Man of Steel, he embodies the cultural ideal of masculinity, charisma, and the people’s hero. In 1940’s Superman #4, he even told young readers to “get into the habit of reading at least one…

Oakland Filmmaker Tony Nguyen and “I SEE ME”

By Contributed | July 27, 2020

Editor’s Note:  After watching Tony Nguyen’s latest short doc, “I SEE ME,” which was released online for the observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, I contacted him to learn more about his work. He’s created an interesting body of work rooted in the Vietnamese community and in his hometown of Oakland, CA. …

From Medicare-for-All to Med-Equality-for-All

By Contributed | July 22, 2020

By David Monkawa. Editor’s Note:  As the pandemic continues to sweep across the U.S., the infection rate and fatalities are staggering for working people and communities of color. The lack of public investment in our health care system left us unprepared. The crisis is worsened by the ignorant, callous pronouncements of President Trump.  As we…

Asian American Christians March for Black Lives and Dignity by Raymond Chang

By Contributed | July 20, 2020

Editor’s Note: When I saw the news story about a march of over 1,000 Asian Americans and people of all nationalities from Chicago Chinatown to Bridgeport, I was amazed and heartened by this show of African American and Asian American solidarity. We are pleased to reprint an in-depth account of this march and rally by…

SF Chinatown Joins Nationwide Actions for Juneteenth

By Contributed | July 20, 2020

Editor’s introduction:  The murder of George Floyd sparked protests all over the United States and the world.  It also compelled organizations of all types from corporations to non-profit community groups as well as arts institutions to take a stand.  The process of deliberation, discussion and soul searching has profoundly reshaped individuals and clarified the mission…

Trump’s China Bashing Poses A Danger and Dilemma

By Contributed | July 17, 2020

By Eddie Wong. President Trump and Republican Party candidates have clearly made China bashing and immigration restriction key themes their re-election bid. Trump can meander into the weeds as he did at a White House press conference on July 14 with bizarre claims that new buildings would no longer have windows if Democrats win and…

Social Justice and Engaged Buddhism

By Contributed | July 6, 2020

by Eddie Wong. I always look forward to getting the e-newsletter from the Rev. Duncan Ryūken Williams, a Buddhist minister and Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages & Cultures and the Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture ,who is active in TSURU FOR SOLIDARITY.  Although I am not a…

Rona + Racism Requires Radical Solutions

By Contributed | June 27, 2020

by Eddie Wong. The air is thick and brooding on this hot summer night. Sirens, shouts and cries mingle in restless anticipation. In the distance, the sound of muffled thunder signals the coming storm. Suddenly, the sky splits open, bolts of lightning slash through the darkness over and over. Trees, buildings, cars, animals – everything…

700 APIs Rally in K-town: Justice for George Floyd & Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement

By Contributed | June 11, 2020

by Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA). What will it take to end Police Killings of African Americans? Our sympathies to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arberry and Breonna Taylor. Our sympathies to the families of the 698 African Americans killed by police shootings since 2017. We look forward to the day justice is…