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…

Charlie Chin: Troubadour

By Contributed | January 15, 2020

Eddie Wong interviewed Charlie Chin, a leading figure in the development of Asian American culture. The interview was conducted in San Mateo on Nov. 26, 2019 and it explores Charlie Chin’s career from the 1960s folk music scene in Greenwich Village through the rock era when his group opened for Jimi Hendrix on to his…

Fighting for Our Future in 2020

By Contributed | December 31, 2019

by Eddie Wong Don’t you feel weary at the end of the year?  Bone tired, listless, vague muscle aches, just drained.  Yearning deep sleep and endless dreams. It’s been a long ass year filled with horrific fires, power outages, mass shootings nearly every month by hateful, twisted souls, and the earth is just getting hotter…

A Celebration

By Eddie Wong | December 13, 2019

by Eddie Wong On November 15, 2019, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of East Wind Ezine with a joyous evening of poetry, storytelling and songs from poet Caroline M. Mar and singer/storyteller Charlie Chin.  I’m developing full articles on both of them, but as a holiday treat, I’m posting up videos from their performances for you…

A Preface to Carlos Bulosan’s “America Is in the Heart”

By Contributed | December 11, 2019

by E. San Juan, Jr., Professorial Chairholder, Polytechnic University of the Philippines Editor’s note:  This post is E. San Juan’s introduction to the new edition of America Is in The Heart, which became available in paperback via Penguin Classics on May 21, 2019. We thank E. San Juan for allowing us to publish this essay…