Who Tells What Story About Japanese American Incarceration: A Review of “Ten Japanese-American Concentration Camps” by Renee Billingslea at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara

By Contributed | March 15, 2020

By Susan Hayase – Introduction:  Today, persistent efforts of Japanese Americans have made our concentration camp story into “an American story,”  applicable as an object lesson to political leaders advocating policies that scapegoat or deny individual due process rights and to activists in opposition to such policies.  The thirty plus year old redress victory makes…

Making the Vietnam Wall Whole

By Contributed | March 9, 2020

By Eddie Wong How did you feel when you first encountered the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, D.C.? It’s a simple design with two tapered walls meeting at a 10-foot high apex with over 58,000 name of U.S. servicemen and women who died in the war known as the Vietnam War in the U.S. and…

Sharing A River

By Contributed | March 4, 2020

I’m pleased that my friend Chung Hoang Chuong has allowed East Wind Ezine to repost his essay from VNExpress (Jan. 3, 2020 edition) about the dangers facing the Mekong River.  If you’ve had the opportunity to visit Vietnam and spend some time in the Mekong Delta, you’ll come away from it as I did with…

The Untold Story of Japanese Latin Incarceration

By Contributed | February 3, 2020

This article by Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik originally appeared in El Tecolote newspaper on Nov. 19, 2019.  The article was published with a full gallery of photographs which can be accessed via this link: http://eltecolote.org/content/en/features/pilgrimage-to-former-internment-camp-reveals-untold-story-of-japanese-latin-american-incarceration/ It was only a few years ago that I heard the term “Japanese Latin American” (JLA). This is perhaps only surprising because I…

The Marshalls From J-Flats

By Contributed | February 3, 2020

The following article by Susie Ling tells the story of friendship across racial lines and the strong bonds forged through compassion and kindness. The original version of this story appeared in the Monrovia Weekly and has been expanded for East Wind Ezine. Barbara Jean Marshall Williams, a 93-year old African American, was born and raised on…

from carroll to teresa

By Contributed | February 1, 2020

by Eddie Wong.  i met Carroll Parrott Blue in the early 1970s when we were both film students at UCLA.  carroll, an African American woman from the South,was an unlikely volunteer at Visual Communications, the Asian American non-profit media group. but she fit in perfectly because of our shared passion for using photography and filmmaking…

Tamio’s Journey

By Contributed | January 30, 2020

By Eddie Wong. Tamio Wakayama’s legacy as a photographer and activist is largely unknown outside of a small circle of friends.  As we enter the 60th anniversary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) this February, Tamio’s accomplishments as a SNCC photographer and, more importantly, his character and commitment to social justice shine brightly and…

A New Year’s Resolution: Solidarity with Detainees

By Contributed | January 23, 2020

by Eddie Wong Tsuru for Solidarity, Japanese Americans for Justice, Sacramento Immigrant Coalition, Jewish Action Nor Cal, Centro del Pueblo – Humboldt, Estamos Unidos, the Japanese American Citizens League – Florin chapter, the Council on Islamic Relations and many other community and religious organizations joined together on January 11, 2020 to protest the detention of…

Caroline M. Mar – HerStories

By Contributed | January 16, 2020

Caroline M. Mar’s poetry is like a deep, flowing river with mysteries rippling just below the surface; fierce and swirling currents drive us towards new discoveries. Eddie Wong interviewed Carrie on December 18, 2019 about her writing process and the themes embedded in her reading for East Wind Ezine at the Eastside Cultural Center  last…

SF Youth Win Mental Health Services

By Contributed | January 16, 2020

by Joyce Xi.  On June 25, 2019, San Francisco youth achieved a major victory by passing a resolution at the San Francisco School Board that will shift policies and practices to ensure collective youth mental health and wellness in local schools. These changes include increased funding for preventative wellness services, expanding student voice and decision…