Fighting Anti-Asian Racism in the 1990s: Two Cases from the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress  – Abolish the Racist Asian Mug File and Justice for the Victims of the Red Onion Assault

By Contributed | December 16, 2020

By David Monkawa. In the early 1990s, “hate crimes” directed at people of color and gays increased to over 60% against Blacks and overall 10% to 15% against non-whites. The Reagan and Bush years took a heavy toll on affirmative action, labor rights, affordable housing and brought out the forces of racism and reaction in…

When This Battle is Over, Who Will Wear the Crown? – Building on 2020’s victories for the long, difficult battle against the Right

By Contributed | December 12, 2020

By Eddie Wong When the networks declared Biden the winner in Pennsylvania giving him the 270 electoral college votes needed to become President-elect, joyous crowds danced in the streets. For nearly four years, we suffered on a daily basis as Trump trampled upon civil rights, cancelled international agreements on climate change, and rejected scientific recommendations…

What We Could Not Say Openly We Expressed in Our Music

By Contributed | December 3, 2020

By Jon Jang. Editor’s Note: I asked my friend Jon Jang to list some of the recordings that are among his favorites and which also influenced his music. He compiled this list for East Wind ezine. If you’re not familiar with Jon Jang’s music and life as educator/activist/artist, check out the short video on Jon…

Go Georgia!

By Contributed | November 21, 2020

A few weeks ago, we learned about the ground-breaking work of the Asian American Advocacy Fund (AAAF) as they prepared for the Nov. 3 election via Building A Blue Wave in Georgia . Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood laid out goals that were surpassed in the crucial victory for Biden/Harris and other progressives. All eyes are now on Georgia…

Tecumseh, Thanksgiving and the Native Cinema Showcase

By Contributed | November 15, 2020

by Eddie Wong This will be a very strange, pandemic-fied Thanksgiving.  Gathering of one’s social bubble and perhaps one other non-related bubble (one with negative coronavirus tests) is the  recommended protocol. It’s certainly not the festive family and friends gatherings we’ve held in the past. And we will pause to mourn the loss of 1.3…

MOSF 15.7: Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Marlon Riggs, and Brotherhood after the Donnybrook

By Ravi Chandra | November 2, 2020

Memoirs of a Superfan Volume 15.7: Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, Marlon Riggs, and Brotherhood after the Donnybrook By Ravi Chandra November 2, 2020 Great and deep questions have been unveiled in the last five years. We must engage with ardor. We cannot avoid how queer, lonely and emotional the American journey is for anyone falling…

ENOUGH of Trump!

By Contributed | October 27, 2020

by Eddie Wong. I don’t know about you, but I’m done –  tired and fried, sick to my stomach . Anxieties and sorrow about the pandemic combined with rage against POTUS (Pompous Asshole of the United States) have energized me in a strange way like a wounded snake coiled for one more strike. So here…

Pioneering Journalist: Charles Leong 梁普礼

By Eddie Wong | October 22, 2020

by Susie Ling. 16 Oct. 2020. “Journalism is what we need to make democracy work.”  – Walter Cronkite In 1953, Charles L. Leong submitted a winning article to the Freedoms Foundation, a nonprofit with a mission to promote responsible citizenship, character and freedom. The article read, in part: I am a receding forty. I have…

Protesters at ICE Director’s Home Face Charges

By Contributed | October 22, 2020

By Joyce Nakamura. SEARAC, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, is calling for the Henrico Commonwealth (Virginia) Attorney to drop the charges against organizers who protested at the home of acting ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Director Tony Pham.  Mr. Pham, a career government attorney, helped ICE formulate and implement oppressive detainee policies. He was…

All Out to Win: API PA Mobilize to Dump Trump

By Contributed | October 21, 2020

Mohan Seshadri, a veteran organizer, first came to Pennsylvania after the 2016 election to work for Planned Parenthood and on the Affordable Health Care Act campaign and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight. He became the API PA’s Political Director after previously serving in the Office of Asian Affairs for the Commonwealth of…