End National Security Scapegoating of Chinese Americans

By Contributed | September 8, 2018

by Cynthia Choi Did you read recent reports that Trump called almost every student from China a spy and that FBI Director Christopher Wray sounded the alarms by calling China the “biggest and broadest threat” to our national security? Wray added that China is a “whole-of-society” threat.”  I did too and if history provides a…

Representing the PI in AAPI

By Contributed | September 7, 2018

By Thomas Mangloña II,  K Parker, and Betsy Rohney Origin stories of creative projects often bloom from struggle and strife. The birth of  Oceania Connects is no different. Where are you from? Much of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) diaspora have encountered this phrase. While science shows both ethnic groups sometimes share common ancestral…

Organizing Dorchester’s Southeast Asian communities: An Interview with Kevin Lam

By Contributed | September 5, 2018

By Michael Liu Intro:  Kevin Lam is the Organizing Director for the Asian American Resource Workshop in Boston. Michael: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background in organizing? Kevin: I was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. Both my parents ended up there due to displacement from the war…

Serendipity: Japanese Breakfast, Jay Som, Magik*Magik

By Contributed | September 3, 2018

by Eddie Wong I don’t think I could live without music.  The four Wong kids listened to rock and pop music as we folded and sorted clothes in the back of my mom and dad’s laundry in Hollywood, CA. AM radio specifically KRLA,KHJ, and KFWB blared Motown, Beach Boys, Beatles, Otis, Aretha, Janis and more…

Re: East Wind Magazine 1982-1989

By Contributed | September 2, 2018

by Eddie Wong For those of you who might be curious about the roots of East Wind ezine, I would like to present to you an entryway to the nine issues of East Wind: Politics and Culture of Asians in the U.S., which was published between 1982 to 1989.  Think of this collection of articles, poems, photo essays, and…

Become the Revolution You Want – Reflections on Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown

By Contributed | August 31, 2018

EMERGENT STRATEGY—Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, by Adrienne Maree Brown AK Press, 2017 Book Review by Alex Hing The Asian American Movement, of course, is part of the larger movement for the liberation of humankind from capitalism and all that it engenders. In our practice and thought we have looked to the East for inspiration and…

Our Humanity – Three Poems by Genny Lim

By Contributed | August 30, 2018

We live in an age defined by wars and mass migration. The greatest violence committed against humanity was the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 80,000 people instantly. It has been 73 years since the tragedy and sadly, the world has not succeeded in banning nuclear arms and if anything,…

Who (Hu) is American?

By Contributed | August 29, 2018

By Jon Jang Act I My Grandparents In 1882, President Chester Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act which banned Chinese immigrants from entering the United States as well as denying naturalization to Chinese immigrants to become US citizens. This was the first US law that excluded people in this country solely on the basis of…

“Home,” the Wentworth Alley Mural

By Contributed | August 26, 2018

Interview by Eddie Wong “Home,” is a mural that depicts many aspects of working people’s lives in San Francisco Chinatown. In the following video, artist, educator and community organizer Kayan Cheung-Miaw explains the story behind the mural that she designed. She also comments on the process by which students, many of whom did not live…

From Photographs to Paintings

By Contributed | August 24, 2018

By Tony Remington I was recently one of the featured artists of the 2018 Pistahan held in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens. My modest exhibit consisted of paintings from my photographs of the hastily established post-Manilatown senior centers. It was a roughly from a seven year period that immediately followed the International Hotel Evictions of…