MOSF 17.14: Young, Asian American, and All the Feels: Hua Hsu’s Stay True (EAAPAAO Part 2)

By Ravi Chandra | December 26, 2022

Hua Hsu’s Stay True is a memoir, but also a cultural and mental health intervention, emphasizing that we stay true to the people in our lives and what truly sustains us. It is of particular interest for Asian American men and those who care about them. This review also contains particular notes for Asian American grief, and some snark thrown at therapists by Asian American memoirists!

Culture is My Home: Interview with Leon Sun, Artist and Photographer

By Eddie Wong | December 21, 2022

By Eddie Wong. Posted December 21, 2022. Intro:  Leon Sun’s exhibit “Back to the Culture: A Silkscreen Print Exhibit” concludes on Dec. 31, 2022 at the National Japanese American Historical Society, 1684 Post St , San Francisco.  Sun, a longtime activist and community-based artist, shares his views on artwork and politics in this interview with…

Remembrances of Betty Yao-Jung Chen, Filmmaker and Artist

By Contributed | December 14, 2022

Tribute organized by Eddie Wong. Posted December 14, 2022. Introduction:  Betty Yao-Jung Chen was an artist, filmmaker and community activist. Several of her friends, classmates, and colleagues share their remembrances of this remarkable woman who left us earlier this year.  Nobuko Miyamoto – Betty Y. J. Chen was an artist who “served the people,” as…

John Cho’s Troublemaker: A Children’s Book for Adults Too

By Contributed | December 13, 2022

By Linda Wing. Posted December 13, 2022. Preface One day I met a fourth grader whom I will always remember. I was visiting a special education classroom in an elementary school on the South Side of Chicago. The teacher had focused the morning’s lesson on prepositions. Afterwards she asked the students to choose a preposition…

Our American Cousins – Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | December 8, 2022

By Charlie Chin. Posted December 8, 2022.    There was a popular and very well-known folk singer in 1977, you might know his name.  He wasn’t very good, but he paid well and was easy to get along with.  He got booked in big venues but needed a sideman musician to make his show work.…

Asian Americans Are Key Voters in Georgia U.S. Senate Run-off : Interview with Chany Chea, Communications Director of Asian American Advocacy Fund

By Eddie Wong | December 2, 2022

By Eddie Wong. Posted December 2, 2022. The midterm elections in Georgia garnered national coverage because of the tight race between Sen. Raphael Warnock and football star/Trumper Herschel Walker and the electrifying rematch between former State Rep. Stacey Abrams and Governor Brian Kemp. Abrams’ strong run in 2018 sparked a massive Black, Latinx, Asian American…

A Kpop primer: Ten random facts to get you started

By Contributed | November 30, 2022

by Valerie Soe. Posted November 30, 2022. #1: The term Kpop was first seen in print back in 1992 but Korean music industry insiders had used the term before then. The literal translation in Korean, gayo, (가요), just means Korean popular music, and Kpop is only one aspect of South Korea’s large pop music universe.…

CNBLUE at Budokan, November 2022 – A Rockin’ Return

By Contributed | November 30, 2022

By Valerie Soe. Posted November 30, 2022. Last month I made a relatively snap decision to attend two CNBLUE concerts at Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo. I was at one of CNBLUE’s final concerts before their military enlistment, back in 2017 in Taipei, which was also right before I started my treatment for breast cancer. And…

A (1918) Pandemic Story

By Contributed | November 29, 2022

by Linda Wing. Posted November 29, 2022 Preface During the 1970s, I was a frequent visitor to my grandparents’ home. I loved listening to my grandfather tell stories about how he immigrated from China to California despite the Chinese Exclusion Act and achieved his dream of buying a cafe in Wyoming. My grandfather invariably said…

NCAAT in Action Staying Strong for the Long Term: Interview with Chavi Koneru

By Eddie Wong | November 22, 2022

By Eddie Wong. Posted November 22, 2022. Introduction:  During the intense 2022 midterm elections, the eyes of the nation were focused on the open U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina and several hot Congressional races.  In the end, the Democratic hopeful Cheri Beasley, the former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, lost to…