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…

Defiance and Solidarity at Fort Sill

By Contributed | June 27, 2019

Japanese American Concentration Camp Survivors Galvanize Opposition to New Immigration Detention Center in Oklahoma By: John Ota. Posted June 27, 2019. Lawton, OK — On just 11 days’ notice, Japanese American concentration camp survivors and supporters on June 22 brought together over 200 people to protest the recently announced plan to make Fort Sill, OK…

San Jose Japanese Americans Say “No!” to Fort Sill

By Contributed | June 22, 2019

San Jose Japanese Americans say “No!” to Fort Sill and more. This is a statement by the San Jose Coalition on June 20, 2019. Many Japanese American communities across the country have reacted with alarm to the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is planning to use Fort Sill in Oklahoma for…

Heart Mountain Protests Fort Sill camp

By Contributed | June 20, 2019

One of the ways we can extend the power of protest against the incarceration of migrant children at Fort Sill is by getting our perspective into the mass media.  Here is the statement of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation which was published in the Salt Lake Tribune on June 17, 2019. Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation…

Update on Fort Sill Protest June 22

By Contributed | June 20, 2019

By Tsuru for Solidarity. Posted June 20, 2019. As President Trump ramps up his already virulent fear-mongering and criminalization of immigrants and refugees, people of all nationalities are expressing their moral outrage by demonstrating, educating, and standing in solidarity.  Trump’s June 12 order to detain children at Fort Sill has not gone unnoticed.  Here is…