Are There More #GoldOpens After “Asian August?”

By Contributed | September 13, 2018

By Abraham Ferrer I was originally asked to write my thoughts on CRAZY RICH ASIANS and what I thought of the impact of this worldwide phenomenon. Instead, my takeaway from the film and the excitement surrounding it has centered around its hoped-for impact on changing the game in terms of on-screen representation of Asian Pacific…

Right Here, Right Now: Jenn Fang

By Contributed | September 13, 2018

Ed. note: RH,RN is a series of commentaries on the immediate issues that we face. “We’re Not Drowning, We’re Fighting!” By Jenn Fang The headlines these days come one after the other like the staccato sting of hurricane rain. Tens of thousands of immigrants – both documented and undocumented – face imprisonment and deportation. U.S.…

A Love Letter to Nikkei Organizers

By Contributed | September 12, 2018

A Love Letter to Nikkei Organizers: Calling in Elders and Youth for #NeverAgainIsNow by Miya Sommers “You know they call us elders now.” Deep, hearty laughs circle around the table It’s June and far too cold in LA. I, born and raised in the Bay Area, didn’t bother to check the weather before flying down…

Environmental Justice is Rooted in Community

By Contributed | September 11, 2018

A video story produced by Connie Hsu, Deanne Liu, Nancy Truong, and Eddie Wong. Pam Tau Lee is a veteran community, labor, and environmental justice organizer in San Francisco.  East Wind ezine is proud to present this series of short videos that cover how she became an activist and her thoughts about the challenges ahead…

How NCRR Shaped the CWIRC Hearings

By Contributed | September 10, 2018

by Miya Iwataki Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 August 10, 2018 marks the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, a victory in the long struggle for redress and monetary reparations for Americans of Japanese ancestry who were imprisoned in…

End National Security Scapegoating of Chinese Americans

By Contributed | September 8, 2018

by Cynthia Choi Did you read recent reports that Trump called almost every student from China a spy and that FBI Director Christopher Wray sounded the alarms by calling China the “biggest and broadest threat” to our national security? Wray added that China is a “whole-of-society” threat.”  I did too and if history provides a…

Representing the PI in AAPI

By Contributed | September 7, 2018

By Thomas Mangloña II,  K Parker, and Betsy Rohney Origin stories of creative projects often bloom from struggle and strife. The birth of  Oceania Connects is no different. Where are you from? Much of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) diaspora have encountered this phrase. While science shows both ethnic groups sometimes share common ancestral…

Organizing Dorchester’s Southeast Asian communities: An Interview with Kevin Lam

By Contributed | September 5, 2018

By Michael Liu Intro:  Kevin Lam is the Organizing Director for the Asian American Resource Workshop in Boston. Michael: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your background in organizing? Kevin: I was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. Both my parents ended up there due to displacement from the war…

Serendipity: Japanese Breakfast, Jay Som, Magik*Magik

By Contributed | September 3, 2018

by Eddie Wong I don’t think I could live without music.  The four Wong kids listened to rock and pop music as we folded and sorted clothes in the back of my mom and dad’s laundry in Hollywood, CA. AM radio specifically KRLA,KHJ, and KFWB blared Motown, Beach Boys, Beatles, Otis, Aretha, Janis and more…

Re: East Wind Magazine 1982-1989

By Contributed | September 2, 2018

by Eddie Wong For those of you who might be curious about the roots of East Wind ezine, I would like to present to you an entryway to the nine issues of East Wind: Politics and Culture of Asians in the U.S., which was published between 1982 to 1989.  Think of this collection of articles, poems, photo essays, and…