A Personal Reflection on Asian & Black Solidarity in Remembrance of 40th Anniversary of Vincent Chin

By Contributed | June 18, 2022

By Mabel Teng. Posted June 18, 2022. On June 23 four decades ago, Vincent Chin died a brutal death at the hands of two white men.  What lessons have we learned and where do we go from here? “The legacy of Vincent Chin and the campaign for justice offers lessons to all on how people…

Bringing Norman Mineta Home to the San Jose Day of Remembrance

By Contributed | June 14, 2022

By Susan Hayase. Posted June 14, 2022 Introduction: Norman Y. Mineta, former Transportation Secretary and former representative to the U.S. Congress from San Jose, passed away on May 3, 2022 at the age of 90.  Mineta was born and raised in San Jose, aside from the years that he spent as a child in the…

Pro-choice. And/or Pro-life.

By Contributed | June 14, 2022

By Susie Ling. Posted June 14, 2022 In the leaked draft attributed to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, he writes, “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives… Roe was egregiously wrong from the start .” (See footnote #1) The expected ruling could lead to abortion…

How Chinese American Women Changed U.S. Labor History – 40th anniversary of the NY Chinatown Garment Workers Strike

By Contributed | June 9, 2022

By huiying b. chan. Posted June 9, 2022 Introduction:  We wish to thank huiying b. chan for allowing us to repost his article about the 1982 New York Chinatown garment workers strike, which marks its 40th anniversary this June. If you’re in the New York area, please check out these commemorative events that were announced…

Death on Mulberry Street – Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | June 6, 2022

by Charlie Chin. Posted June 6, 2022. Introduction:  Charlie Chin graces us with another story featuring the Chinese herbalist Dr. Gong who helps solve mysteries in New York at the turn of the century.    “Why is Russia having a war with China?”  Detective Sean Carter looked up from the paperwork on his desk.   The…

Learn From the Dreams of Our Grandchildren

By Contributed | May 23, 2022

by Pam Tau Lee. Posted May 23, 2022. This past weekend in Chinatown, I read hundreds of messages written as part of a project called “Love Letter to Chinatown.” It is a response to the Anti-Asian violence in the Bay Area and in Atlanta. While the messages were intergenerational, most were from young adults. Here’s just…

A Dream of Drowning: A Review of Caroline M. Mar’s Dream of the Lake

By Contributed | May 23, 2022

by Claire Light. Posted May 23, 2022. When I think of Lake Tahoe, I think of the place as it is now: resort enclave of the wealthy, West Coast types who like the outdoors and rugged, extreme sports. I think of a basin lake, deep blue, famously blue, and clear. I think of SUVs and…

The Istanbul Café – Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | May 19, 2022

by Charlie Chin. Posted May 19, 2022. Introduction: There’s nothing quite like a good con as it unspools in movies like “The Sting,” “The Grifters,” “American Hustle”, or any of “Oceans 11,12, 13” movies.  The con is the essence of acting, i.e., convincing you of a desired reality that may not be what it appears…

Gratitude at the 140th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act

By Eddie Wong | May 17, 2022

by Eddie Wong. Posted May 17, 2022. One of the joys of building community is working with like-minded people for a common purpose. This was certainly true in the case of organizing for the 140th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act in San Francisco.  Five years ago, we organized a large rally in Portsmouth Square…

MOSF 17.8: From Bad Axe to Chinatown to Hong Kong, Let Freedom Ring!

By Ravi Chandra | May 16, 2022

Three films at CAAMFest this weekend brought home the central conflict of our times: social dominance orientation vs. what I call relational-cultural-contextual orientation. The latter is central to Asian and Asian American psychology, as well as other non-individualistic Black and Brown societies, feminine consciousness, and on a deeper level, our common humanity and compassion itself. To my knowledge, this way of viewing our times has not been discussed in this way, particularly in the Asian American community, and is potentially a paradigm shift that could fuel growth and change on our journeys of identity, belonging, wellness and meaning. In the end, we do have to fight for and affirm our human dignity, as well as affirm the human dignity of others.