Making Paper Cranes Fly – The video – Updated Sept. 6

By Contributed | August 11, 2019

Videos by Evan Kodani and Alan Kondo. Posted August 11, 2019 The following video by Evan Kodani provides a quick overview to the July 20, 2019 protest at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK.  Over 400 people participated in a peaceful, non-violent protest of the U.S. government’s plan to install a detention center for migrants and…

Making Paper Cranes Fly

By Contributed | August 11, 2019

Making Paper Cranes Fly: A Report from Fort Sill, Oklahoma by Rev. Duncan Ryuken Williams. Posted August 11, 2019. Buddhist Clergy and Lay Leaders (alphabetical): Rev. Myozen Joan Amaral (Zen Center North Shore, MA), Rev. Gyokuko Carlson (Dharma Rain Zen Center, OR), Rev. William Briones (LA Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple), Rev. Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts…

Vietnam – The Journey Continues

By Contributed | August 7, 2019

by Alex Hing. Posted August 7, 2019. Four years after the publication of The People Make the Peace—Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (Just World Books 2015), our book was translated into Vietnamese by Gioi Publishers.  As authors, we decided to organize a book launch in Hanoi with our Vietnamese publisher, the Vietnam-USA Society, and…

An American Story

By Contributed | August 2, 2019

By Angel Trazo. Posted August 2, 2019. This illustrated story was created by Angel Trazo, an artist and aspiring scholar from the SF Bay Area. She is currently in the Master’s program at UCLA in Asian American Studies.  The story comes from a friend of mine who wishes to be anonymous. It recounts the all…

Celebrating Nancy Hom’s Art

By Contributed | July 31, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted July 31, 2019. If you’ve lived in the  San Francisco Bay Area and been involved with community activities, chances are that Nancy Hom’s artwork has touched your life.  Her silkscreen posters, children’s books, and art installations have addressed a diverse array of social issues that affect all of us. Additionally, many people…

Bon Odori on Oahu

By Contributed | July 22, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted July 22, 2019. It’s summertime and each year I look forward to obon festivals and the bon odori (obon dances).  The festivals are held to honor the spirits of our ancestors and are an occasion to commemorate the recently departed.  And the best way to remember loved ones is to celebrate their…

Activist Documentarian Alan Kondo: Fort Sill Protest Video

By Contributed | July 22, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted July 22, 2019. I had the pleasure of working with Alan Kondo in the 1970s at Visual Communications, a grassroots media group in Los Angeles. Unlike many of us who were still students at the time, Alan came in with some serious film editing skills. In 1974, he directed a marvelous…

“The Farewell” – A Story of Love and Compassion

By Contributed | July 21, 2019

A review by Nancy Hom. Posted July 21, 2019. “The Farewell,” based on the real life crisis in director Lulu Wang’s family, is a funny and poignant gem with a great story. It is, as the tagline says, a true lie that was told to Wang’s actual grandmother. Like the character in the film, she…

Trump’s Dangerous “Go Back” Message

By Contributed | July 19, 2019

By Eddie Wong. Posted July 19, 2019. Trump’s July 14 tweet telling Rep. Ayana Pressley, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Ihan Omar to go back to the countries they came from was greeted by cheers from his supporters, which includes all of the Republican Party, and angry denunciation by a wide range…

Wyoming Yonsei at Fort Sill

By Contributed | June 27, 2019

Interview with Aura Newlin. by John Ota. Posted June 27, 2019. John: Were your parents or grandparents in the Heart Mountain, Wyoming incarceration camp for Japanese Americans during World War II? Aura: My grandmother’s family was at Heart Mountain. It’s complicated because she herself wasn’t incarcerated there. She slipped out of the West Coast after…