120,000 Stories by Nobuko Miyamoto – New Double CD Available

By Contributed | June 20, 2021

A Review by Peter Horikoshi. When Eddie Wong, editor of EastWind ezine, asked me to review the new CD set by Nobuko Miyamoto entitled 120,000 Stories, I didn’t realize how much reading and research I was going to have to do in addition to just listening to the songs! There’s a lot going on here…

Gloria Betancourt ¡Presente! – Remembrance by Shiree Teng

By Contributed | June 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: Gloria Betancourt passed away on February 13, 2021 in Watsonville, California.  She was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to California in 1961 as a teenager with her mother Maria Morales to join her father Pascal who had been working the fields in California. She was a longtime cannery worker in Watsonville…

Henry’s Hawaiian Diner by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | June 10, 2021

Introduction: Charlie Chin spins his stories in wide arcs that grow knottier and funnier with each paragraph. Sit back, smile, and enjoy another possibly true slice of Asian American life. Henry is not there.  Actually, Henry is never there.  He died back in 1981.  He started the diner in San Mateo back in sixties and…

My Journey to Asian American Jazz

By Contributed | May 31, 2021

By Jeff Chan. For some reason, music has been with me my whole life. Or most of it, at least. I write “for some reason because I remember little to no music ever being played in my home while growing up in Concord, CA. But, again, for some reason, my older brother joined band and…

Tiffany Lytle – Singer, Storyteller, Scholar

By Contributed | May 24, 2021

by Eddie Wong. I had the honor of appearing on a webinar with Tiffany Lytle, a performing artist and scholar, on May 6, 2021.  Moderated by UCLA Asian American Studies Professor Kelly Fong, the “Art + Politics: Asian American Activists in the Movement for Social Justice” panel also featured renown singer/choreographer/writer Nobuko Miyamoto and filmmaker…

Terri Burger and The Kokuho Rose by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | May 19, 2021

We’re pleased to present this month’s story by Charlie Chin.      Contrary to what most people think, Terri and The Rose are not Lesbians.  Sure, The Kokuho Rose is very athletic and works in a pet grooming place.  So what?  Terri wears spikey haircuts and often uses the Men’s Restroom, but that’s just to freak…

MOSF 16.2: AMERICANISH, a Rom-Com Window into Identity Formation for Asian American Women

By Ravi Chandra | May 17, 2021

Memoirs of a Superfan Volume 16.2: AMERICANISH, a Rom-Com Window into Identity Formation for Asian American Women by Ravi Chandra May 18, 2021 AMERICANISH is the must-see, groundbreaking debut feature from award-winning director/producer/writer and University of Florida Professor Iman Zawahry, one of the first hijabi (hijab-wearing) Muslim American women filmmakers. It premieres as a gala…

No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger – The historic solidarity between Black and Asian Peoples – A View From the Battlefield

By Contributed | May 9, 2021

by Jamala Rogers, Black Commentator Editorial Board, and Sadie Lum. Intro: We wish to thank Jamala Rogers, the Black Commentator Editorial Board, and Sadie Lum for allowing us to reprint this timely analysis. For a fleeting moment, it seemed like the conditions of Asian-Americans would get some overdue and deserved attention—even if prompted by a…

Siu Fong Yee Wong – Kindness was her guiding light

By Contributed | May 8, 2021

By Eddie Wong. Each Mother’s Day, I’m prompted by Facebook to write something about the remarkable woman who brought me into this world. In previous years, my short pieces touched on her generosity, e.g., she once reached into her sewing kit and pulled out $10 so that I could buy a baseball mitt after I…

Asian American Youth Energize Movement against Hate – An Interview with Grace Xia

By Contributed | May 7, 2021

By Eddie Wong In response to the onslaught of anti-Asian hate, Asian Americans and allies have organized hundreds of rallies, marches, and workshops in large cities, suburban enclaves, and small towns throughout the U.S. Several of these rallies were organized by Asian American youth, often in collaboration with new multi-generational Asian American community organizations.  My…