Three Poems by Amy Uyematsu

By Contributed | August 22, 2018

Poetry by Amy Uyematsu Ed. note: If you are reading these poems on a phone, please view the screen in the horizontal position in order to see the line breaks as intended by  the poet.                                        …

Art, Activism, and Assemblage

By Contributed | August 22, 2018

By Lucien Kubo I am a Sansei, a third generation Japanese American. An important part of my life’s experience is that of my parents, their families and the over 110,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated in concentration camps during WWII. Executive Order 9066, based on racist “irrational fear” of foreigners in the time of war and the…

Citizenship for All – NAKASEC launches Journey to Justice

By Contributed | August 22, 2018

By Eddie Wong On May 30 2018, the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) announced the “Citizenship for All” campaign, which was promoted via the “Journey to Justice” bike tour from Aug. 1, 2019 to Sept. 6, 2018. Eleven core “Dream Riders” were joined by many allies along the journey that started in…

#Don’tExcludeUs! – San Jose JAs in Solidarity

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

By Susan Hayase and Tom Izu.  Posted Aug. 21, 2018. Times change. What once was a pivotal development can become routine. In 1981, over 700 Japanese American former incarcerees and their Sansei children broke decades of silence on the injustice of the fall-out from Executive Order 9066 — a forced expulsion and mass incarceration that…

An OG’s Reflections by May Chen

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

An OG’s (Older Generation) Reflections. Posted Aug. 21, 2018. This article is a companion piece to the interview with Cathy Dang, Executive Director of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, which also appears in East Wind ezine, Fall 2018. by May Chen Meeting, supporting, and working with Cathy Dang and others in today’s new generation of community…

Cathy Dang: Organizing with Discipline, Rigor, Love and Revolutionary Heart

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

Interview and Editing by May Chen. Posted Aug. 21, 2018. Cathy Dang grew up in her parents’ nail salons. They were refugees from Vietnam, arriving in 1979. Cathy was born in Ridgewood, Queens, NYC. The family eventually moved to LA, where she worked continually in the family’s nail salon. College is where her political consciousness…

Book Review: A Time to Rise

By Contributed | August 21, 2018

A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) Edited by Rene Ciria Cruz, Cindy Domingo, and Bruce Occena Foreword by Augusto F. Espiritu Reviewed here by Florante Peter Ibanez (a former KDP member – Los Angeles/San Diego Chapters). Posted Aug. 21, 2018. This is a collective book project that began…

Chinatown Art Brigade: Social Practice, Cultural Resistance, and Defying Displacement

By Contributed | August 17, 2018

by Diane Wong. Posted Aug. 17, 2018. Manhattan’s Chinatown has been home to generations of socially engaged art collectives and continues to be a locus for Asian American political resistance, dissent, and movement. From the Basement Workshop and the Asian American Art Centre in the 1970s to Godzilla and Epoxy Art Group in the following…

Water is Life – Standing with Standing Rock

By Contributed | August 16, 2018

by Leon Sun. Posted Aug. 16, 2018. Artist and activist Leon Sun journeyed to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in 2016 to join the water protectors at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Upon his return, he also photographed several spirited “No DAPL” rallies  in San Francisco. In September 2016, I went with a primarily…

“When we’re doing things with other people, that’s where hope is.”

By Contributed | August 16, 2018

“When we’re doing things with other people, that’s where hope is. That is the only way to keep ourselves going.” – Emily Ja-Ming Lee, Director of San Francisco Rising Interview by Eddie Wong. Posted Aug. 16, 2018. Emily Ja-Ming Lee is an energetic, bright woman who has earned a reputation as one of the leading…