Fifty Years of Knocking on Doors –“You got to move when the Spirit says “Move!”

By Contributed | November 12, 2018

by Alex Hing “This is the most important election of our lives” was my mantra during this election season. No way I was going to sit this one out and only vote and donate money. While there were many campaigns that needed volunteers, I was intuitively and by happenstance drawn to the Max Rose for…

Larry Itliong Day at SF Marriott Workers Strike

By Contributed | October 26, 2018

by Eddie Wong 8,000 UNITE HERE workers nationwide at the Marriott Hotels remain on strike for better wages and safer working conditions.  The following video celebrates the Oct. 25, 1913 birthday of labor organizer and leader Larry Itliong, the First Vice-President of the United Farm Workers.  Norman Ten and Daz Lamparas from the Asian Pacific…

Review of “1942” by No No Boy – Concert clips & more

By Contributed | October 23, 2018

By Peter Horikoshi When Eddie asked me to review this CD, I thought, “Cool, new Asian American musicians! I wonder what kind of music they play – jazz, rap, New Wave?” What? Singer-songwriters? Sort of folk-rock? I haven’t heard this kind of music since, like, forever. This should be pretty quick. I didn’t realize that…

Trump? Hell No! Get Out The Vote for Nov. 6

By Contributed | October 20, 2018

by Eddie Wong As of today, October 20, we have 18 days to send a message to Trump and the cowardly Republican Party which has embraced his mantra of hate, jingoism, and stupidity. We have 18 days to counter the rightwing lies of “an immigrant invasion” and “fake news.” We have 18 days to get…

One Job is Enough! Audio Story from SF Marriott Strikers

By Contributed | October 18, 2018

The hotel and restaurant workers union  UNITE HERE took 7,800 of its members out on strike at 24 Marriott hotels in Boston, Detroit, Honolulu, Lahaina, Maui, Oakland,  San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose on October 8, 2018.  For months, the union has negotiated with the Marriott Hotels, the world’s largest chain, as contracts were…

“The Apology” Shares Comfort Women’s Activism and Legacies – Watch on PBS.org/POV

By Contributed | October 17, 2018

By Lauren Lola Editor’s Note: The Apology has its national broadcast premiere on the PBS documentary series POV (Point of View) on Monday, October 22, 2018. POV is American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, now in its 31st season. The film is a co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). During World War II, over 200,000 women and girls from all over Asia were forced…

Artists Critique Gentrification of Little Tokyo

By Contributed | October 16, 2018

Editor’s note:  We are proud to present an in-depth look at an innovative arts immersion project that took place over six months in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.  The following article by Abe Ahn comes to us courtesy of Hyperallergic, which describes itself as “a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture…

CAB and SASI Protest Cultural Theft on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By Contributed | October 16, 2018

In our continuing coverage of the groundbreaking work of the Chinatown Art Brigade (see related East Wind ezine article “Chinatown Art Brigade: Social Practice, Cultural Resistance, and Defying Displacement” by Diane Wong), we present to you the following statement by CAB and the South Asia Solidarity Initiative.  Over 1,000 people participated in the takeover of…

No No Boy Project – The Tour

By Contributed | October 11, 2018

by Eddie Wong No No Boy is a multimedia concert performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama. Through their songs and visual projections, they create an immersive, emotional experience where history comes to life.  They write deeply personal stories rooted in their backgrounds as Vietnamese Americans and Japanese Americans.  Peter Horikoshi, one of the founders…

Fight Back! APAs and the November mid-term elections

By Contributed | October 10, 2018

By Eddie Wong It’s been an intense 22 months since Trump’s inauguration. We’ve marched by the millions on numerous occasions (Women’s March 2017 and 2018, Anti-Gun Violence March, March for Climate Justice, Support the Dreamers and All Immigrants); we’ve watched with revulsion as Trump mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh…