A Tale of Two Summers

By Contributed | September 2, 2021

By Abe Ferrer. Posted Sept. 2, 2021. As we trundle headlong into another season without measurable rain in Tha City of Angels (or anywhere else, for that matter — climate change is real, folks), another thing seems real: the lack of a distinctive sound to help us define what is shaping up to become a second FULL YEAR…

Summer Mood: There Will Be Better Days

By Contributed | September 1, 2021

by Valerie Soe. Posted on September 1, 2021. As we continue to endure the deprivation of the extended COVID-19 pandemic, this summer I’ve been in a melancholy mood.  Although there was a brief moment of hope back in late spring when vaccines seemed to be working and before the delta variant threw everything back into…

MOSF 16.4: Film as Metaphor, Myth, Virtual Reality and Stepping Stone from Dismemberment to Belonging

By Ravi Chandra | August 27, 2021

Memoirs of a Superfan Vol. 16.4: Film as Metaphor, Myth, Virtual Reality and Stepping Stone from Dismemberment to Belonging by Ravi Chandra, M.D. August 27, 2021 As I relate to my patients, my friends, our communities, nations and world, in compassion and distress, I find myself dismembered. Shattered, even. Haiti, subject to so much trauma,…

Soundtrack for the Bittersweet Summer of 2021

By Eddie Wong | August 27, 2021

By Eddie Wong. 2021 – the bummer summer.  It was what it was – a maddening shitstorm of anti-science, anti-vaxxers driving us back into a fearful state of anxiety plus the ravages of heat storms and floods across the planet as carbon emissions rose up to pre-pandemic levels. The smoke is thick, the hour late,…

Japanese American redress marks 40th anniversary with Aug. 26 virtual program on Reparations Now! – FULL VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE

By Contributed | August 19, 2021

Reparations Then!  Reparations Now! – CWRIC 40 to HR 40 -UPDATED Sept. 6, 2021 By Miya Iwataki. …I’ve never been able to talk about this.  More people come up to me and say that I must speak out.  My own children don’t even know…that my brother was shot in the back… (by camp guards at…

Benny and the Greenhorn – A Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | August 14, 2021

Introduction: Charlie Chin presents another indelible portrait of Chinese Americans, this time it’s restaurant workers and a legendary manager, Benny Chu, whose story wends and winds through the back alleys and byways of a long-gone New York. If you like O. Henry and Damon Runyon, you’ll appreciate these wry and wicked licks from Charlie Chin.…

Environmental Justice is Key to a Sustainable Planet

By Contributed | August 12, 2021

Rooted in Legacy: Towards A New World Beyond Borders & Across Oceans – Keynote Address to APALA Convention, Aug. 6, 2021.  By Pam Tau Lee. Editor’s Note: We are proud to post the unabridged version of PamTau Lee’s keynote address to the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance’s annual convention.  A shorter video version of this…

MOSF 16.3: Minor Feelings and Sister Outsider: A Brown Psychiatrist Thingsabouddit

By Ravi Chandra | August 7, 2021

MOSF 16.3: Minor Feelings and Sister Outsider: A Brown Psychiatrist Thingsabouddit Memoirs of a Superfan Vol. 16.3: Minor Feelings and Sister Outsider: A Brown Psychiatrist Thingsabouddit by Ravi Chandra, M.D. August 7, 2021 History’s primary transmission is in feeling. Countries, systems and families break down, or work as designed and let down, in particular, marginalized…

“Breaking Our Silence” – A Poem in Remembrance of Janice Mirikitani by Genny Lim.

By Contributed | August 4, 2021

Posted Aug. 4, 2021 Editor’s Note: Janice Mirikitani, San Francisco Poet Laureate (2000-2002) and co-founder of the Glide Foundation, joined the ancestors on July 29, 2021. Introduction to “Breaking Our Silence” by Genny Lim Janice Mirikitani’s voice embodied the courage and self-determination it took for Japanese Americans, formerly incarcerated in the US Relocation camps, to…

Hungry for Justice: How the Police-Involved Killing of a Hmong American in Rural California Sparked a Movement and is Redefining What It Means to be Asian American

By Contributed | July 28, 2021

Byline: Amanda Mei Kim, Social Movements Contributor, and Mai Vang, Sacramento City Councilmember Photos by: Channing Vang and Chewie Yang. Additional Reporting by: Sunita Sohrabji, Contributing Editor, Ethnic Media Services. Article posted July 28, 2021 YREKA, CA — On June 28, 2021, while evacuating the Lava wildfire, Soobleej Kaub Hawj, was killed at a roadblock…