Unionization Victory in LA

By Contributed | March 22, 2019

Community Workers at Asian Americans Advancing Justice win historic Union representation! A win for Improved recruitment, retention and services for the community  By Tommy T. Lee, AFSCME DC 36- AAAJ and David Monkawa In late 2018, the community workers of Asian Americans Advancing Justice in LA, CA won their rights to union representation with American Federation…

Jon Jang & The Sounds of Struggle Part III – Revolutionary Musings & Music

By Contributed | March 15, 2019

Act IV The Meeting: Asian American Music Workshop In the spring of 1981, I worked at Stanford University in interdepartmental mail and later became a labor organizer for United Stanford Workers SEIU Local 715 (now Local 680) representing mainly black, white and Chicano male workers. In the Stanford Daily, the student newspaper, my curiosity was…

Sansei: On Being Japanese American in a Time of Crisis

By Contributed | February 24, 2019

By Stan Shikuma [In April 2017, I was asked to speak on what my Japanese American identity means to me, and how that informs my values of social justice, particularly in relation to my being “third generation” (Sansei). This was shortly after the second attempt at a Muslim Ban was blocked by the courts but…

Jon Jang and the Sounds of Struggle Part II: Black Music, Bruce Lee

By Contributed | February 15, 2019

by Jon Jang Act II Black Music, Bruce Lee Lead Me to Free Me in (19)73! During my first year as a student at UC Berkeley in 1972-73, I continued my obsession of buying black music recordings at Leopold’s, the independent record store, which was one block away from my dormitory. Before Leopold’s, the record…

Nikkei Resisters & Interfaith Rally for Raul Lopez – UPDATED

By Contributed | February 13, 2019

By Eddie Wong On February 8, Nikkei Resisters joined the monthly Interfaith Immigration Vigils at the San Francisco headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Other organization that endorsed the vigil included the following:  the Buena Vista United Methodist Church, San Francisco Buddhist Church, San Francisco Day of Remembrance Committee, Japanese American…

Helen Zia’s Last Boat Out of Shanghai

By Contributed | February 7, 2019

Helen Zia’s new book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai, is a powerful, moving account of the exodus of over one million people from China between the 1940s to 1949 as war and revolution consumed the country.  Critics reacted enthusiastically on the book’s January 22 release: “An absorbing history of a refugee crisis that mirrors current…

Tales of Clamor – a masterful, magical theatrical experience

By Contributed | February 5, 2019

By Eddie Wong    Silence… sadness… strength… solace – these words rippled through my mind as I watched the preview performance of Tales of Clamor, the new play about the Japanese American redress/reparations movement, performed on Feb. 1, 2019 at the Aratani Theater at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Los Angeles. Written…

In Praise of Dr. Dawn Mabalon – Ruby Ibarra & Native Guns

By Contributed | January 26, 2019

article by Eddie Wong, videos by Jericho Saria Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon left us with a legacy that will inspire us today, tomorrow, and forever.  She was known as a fierce advocate for preserving Stockton’s Little Manila, an emphatic educator whose works on Filipino American history influenced thousands of students, a spoken word artist, a…

Commemorating the first AA anti-Vietnam War Rally in Little Tokyo

By Contributed | January 11, 2019

Several hundred Asian Americans from all walks of life gathered in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo 49 years ago on January 17, 1970 to protest the Vietnam War.  Visual Communications, a collaborative of young Asian American photographers and filmmakers, was there to document this historic occasion. The following video captures the events of the day and…

Jon Jang and the Sounds of Struggle – Part One: Black Arts in White Palo Alto

By Contributed | January 8, 2019

The Sounds of Struggle: Music from the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s to the Asian American Movement of the 1980s By Jon Jang Editor’s Note:  This is part one of a multi-part series of articles. The entire series will unfold monthly. “In recent times musicians like Charles Mingus (dig Fables of Faubus, etc.), Max…