Defiance and Solidarity at Fort Sill

By Contributed | June 27, 2019

Japanese American Concentration Camp Survivors Galvanize Opposition to New Immigration Detention Center in Oklahoma By: John Ota Lawton, OK — On just 11 days’ notice, Japanese American concentration camp survivors and supporters on June 22 brought together over 200 people to protest the recently announced plan to make Fort Sill, OK the site of a…

By Contributed | June 22, 2019

San Jose Japanese Americans say “No!” to Fort Sill and more. This is a statement by the San Jose Coalition on June 20, 2019. Many Japanese American communities across the country have reacted with alarm to the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is planning to use Fort Sill in Oklahoma for…

Heart Mountain Protests Fort Sill camp

By Contributed | June 20, 2019

One of the ways we can extend the power of protest against the incarceration of migrant children at Fort Sill is by getting our perspective into the mass media.  Here is the statement of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation which was published in the Salt Lake Tribune on June 17, 2019. Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation…

Update on Fort Sill Protest June 22

By Contributed | June 20, 2019

As President Trump ramps up his already virulent fear-mongering and criminalization of immigrants and refugees, people of all nationalities are expressing their moral outrage by demonstrating, educating, and standing in solidarity.  Trump’s June 12 order to detain children at Fort Sill has not gone unnoticed.  Here is the press release from Tsuru for Solidarity with …

Jon Jang – Sounds of Struggle – Part X (The Conclusion)

By Contributed | June 17, 2019

Come Full Circle, Squaring the Circle (A reprise of Act IX) For Baby Boomer Generation Asian American composer-improvisers such as Fred Ho, Francis Wong, Glenn Horiuchi and I who grew up in the white middle suburbs during the 1960s and 70s, we were in a position of “honorary white” or the model minority status without…

By Contributed | June 16, 2019

Dear Friends and Family, A Call To Action: We cannot stand by when 1400 more asylum-seeking children from our southern border are going to be imprisoned at Fort Sill in July of 2019. This is the place where over 700 people of Japanese ancestry (immigrants and citizens) were imprisoned during WWII and one immigrant was…

Crystal City, TX – Stand Up for Immigrants in November 2019

By Contributed | June 6, 2019

Crystal City: Review of March Action and Plan for Return in November By: John Ota EMERYVILLE, CA – On June 2, the Crystal City Pilgrimage Committee (CCPC) reported on its March 30 action and its plan for a return trip to Texas in November. On March 30, the CCPC held a pilgrimage at the site…

Jeanie Low – Weaving History into Art

By Contributed | June 3, 2019

by Eddie Wong. I met Jeanie Low several years ago when I was the Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Back then, I knew her as a genealogist and historical researcher. Jeanie is the author of China Connection: Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America. She lectures and leads Chinese family history…

VC @JANM

By Contributed | June 2, 2019

by Eddie Wong.  “At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America,” a retrospective of Visual Communications’ documentary work in still photography, film and video from 1970-1990, opened May 25 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.  I, along with Robert Nakamura and Duane Kubo, was part of the curatorial team.  Karen Ishizuka…

Utom – Vibrant music from Florante Aguilar

By Contributed | May 29, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Filipino American musician Florante Aguilar will debut Utom, a new composition inspired by the T’boli people in Southern Mindanao, Philippines, on June 1 and June 9 in San Francisco.  The hour-long performance, which includes eight movements, recounts the myth of Lake Sebu’s formation through the stories of Princess Boi Henwu, Kludan, Boi Henwu’s servant…