“Reflections/Refractions” – new works inspired by “At First Light”

By Contributed | September 23, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted September 23, 2019. “Reflections/Refractions,” a program of music, spoken word performance, and poetry, was held at the Japanese American National Museum’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum on Sept. 19, 2019.  Musicians and writers were asked to select a photograph or moving images from the Visual Communications’ retrospective exhibit “At First Light: The Dawning…

“At First Light” leads way to VC’s 50th year

By Contributed | September 20, 2019

By Eddie Wong. Posted September 20, 2019. For nearly a half century, Visual Communications (VC) has advanced the representation of Asian Pacific Americans through media production and advocacy. I am proud to be one of the co-founders and a co-curator of “At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America,” which being exhibited at the…

Manufacturing Illegality: Interview with Mae Ngai

By Contributed | September 15, 2019

The following interview is being reposted from Foreign Policy In Focus.org with the permission of Mae Ngai and under the Creative Commons guidelines for non-profit use. Posted September 15, 2019. Introduction:  A few weeks ago, I posted an article “Keep Families United,” which in part addressed how thousands of Chinese Americans are descendants of illegal…

Dr. Margaret Chung – Singular In Every Way

By Contributed | September 8, 2019

By Eddie Wong. Posted September 8, 2019. Mom Chung as she was affectionately named by her adopted soldiers, sailors and airmen during World War II was a distinctive personality and woman of many accomplishments, including being one of the founding physicians at the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco.  During the height of her fame, Dr.…

Where The Sea Remembers – Part II

By Contributed | September 5, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted September 5, 2019. One of the joys of being retired is having time to go to art exhibits.  Although I always enjoyed art, especially music, theater, and film, I finally have a bit more patience or maybe it’s just the process of slowing down that makes me stop for several minutes…

Alleluia Panis – Inspired by Our Experiences and Traditions

By Contributed | September 1, 2019

by Eddie Wong with Jade Verdeflor. Posted September 1, 2019. Alleluia Panis has been acknowledged as an innovative artist and a key figure in building community arts organizations. Her achievements as a dancer, choreographer and director span 40 years of work through fifteen full-length dance theater works since 1980.  In addition to her pivotal role…

Keep Families United

By Contributed | August 30, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted August 30, 2019. As expected, Trump is ramping up fear and hate towards immigrants on a weekly basis as we head towards the 2020 elections.  Today, the Trump administration announced the end of “deferred action” aka the suspension of deportation proceedings for migrants or family members of migrants who are undergoing…

Sansei Granddaughters’ Footsteps

By Contributed | August 29, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted August 29, 2019. Sansei artists Ellen Bepp, Shari Arai DeBoer, Reiko Fujii, Kathy Fujii-Oka, and Judy Shintani traveled to Manzanar Concentration Camp in 2018 to pay respects to their relatives and others who were removed from their homes and incarcerated during World War II. Their short documentary, Sansei Granddaughters’ Journey, about their Manzanar…

Migrant Children Ruling Condemned

By Contributed | August 23, 2019

STATEMENT BY SATSUKI INA, Ph.D, MFT. Posted August 23, 2019. On the Federal Regulation Announced Yesterday to Permit Indefinite Detention of Migrant Children “The Trump administration announced new regulations today that would remove the Flores settlement’s protections for child welfare, permitting indefinite detention of migrant children and families with minimal oversight. The administration claims that…

Where The Sea Remembers – Part One

By Contributed | August 16, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted August 16, 2019. An exciting, multi-faceted exhibit called “Where The Sea Remembers” opened in Los Angeles on July 13, 2019 and runs until Oct. 12, 2019 at The Mistake Room.  Drawing inspiration from Biên Nhó or “The Sea Remembers,” a Vietnamese song beloved among Vietnamese people who fled in the aftermath…