Live in Concert, 1979 -Charlie Chin & Philip Kan Gotanda

By Contributed | May 22, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted May 22, 2019. Producer, singer/songwriter Peter Horikoshi launched the release of two CDs, one featuring Charlie Chin and the other featuring Philip Kan Gotanda, at Eastwind Books in Berkeley, CA on May 18, 2019.   Chin and Gotanda shared the bill in a June 2, 1979 concert held at the Chinese Culture…

Nobuko Fujimoto – She Taught Much More Than Piano

By Contributed | May 21, 2019

by Eddie Wong. Posted May 21, 2019. Every few months, friends, family and former students of piano teacher Nobuko Fujimoto gather at her home in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles for a musicale, a small, informal concert.  Although Mrs. Fujimoto, who is 97 years old, suffers from dementia and is unable to carry on…

Jon Jang Sounds of Struggle, Parts 7-9: Movement Music

By Contributed | May 16, 2019

By Jon Jang. Posted May 16, 2019. Act VII Country Preacher Meets the Butterfly Lovers Song “Art, in its many forms, often played an important role in the daily lives of Asian Americans. Art, for many, was not something distant or only the ‘privileged’ but was an important and integral element in the home, family,…

Dark Clouds Over the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike

By Contributed | May 15, 2019

By Eddie Wong. Posted May 15, 2019. A long line of cars unfolded ahead of me like a sluggish snake rounding the curves on UT 13 headed for Promontory Point and the eagerly awaited recognition of Chinese railroad workers at the 150th anniversary of the driving in of the Golden Spike.  Chinese Americans, especially descendants…

East Wind: A Progressive Chinese American Voice 1945-1948

By Contributed | May 2, 2019

Part I by Eddie Wong and Part II by Steve Louie. Posted May 2, 2019. Many years after I started editing East Wind magazine in 1982, I learned that there had been another magazine called East Wind from the 1940s. I didn’t know much about that magazine until 1990 when I had the pleasure of…

Val Laigo, A People’s Artist

By Contributed | April 15, 2019

Celebrating Filipino American artist Val Laigo by Eddie Wong. Posted April 15, 2019. I’ve been a supporter of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution ever since I found a few unpublished poems by the little-known Chinese American revolutionary writer/actor/playwright H.T. Tsiang buried in the archives in the papers of his friend artist Rockwell Kent. …

Japanese American Voices from Dilley, TX

By Contributed | April 12, 2019

Testimonials from participants of the immigrant rights action at Dilley, TX. Posted April 12, 2019. “What a profound and moving experience! The light shined on Crystal City exposed the largest WWII immigrant family concentration camp run by the Department of Justice. Inclusion of the still little known rendition and internment of persons of Japanese ancestry…

“No More Kids in Cages! Not Ok in 1942, Not Ok Today”

By Contributed | April 12, 2019

Japanese American former detainees protest immigrant detention in South Texas By:  John Ota, Susan Hayase and Tom Izu – Videos by Konrad Aderer and Lauren Sumida. Posted April 12, 2019. Dilley, TX – Over 100 protestors converged March 30 at the immigration detention center here in south Texas, the largest such facility in the U.S.,…

Jon Jang’s Sounds of Struggle: Birth of AIR & aRts

By Contributed | April 9, 2019

by Jon Jang. Posted April 9, 2019 Act V The Ballad or the Bullet?: The Birth of Asian Improv Records and aRts. Posted April 9, 2019. During the summer of 1986, I recorded music with a quartet that I led along with guest artists. A couple of the compositions such as Year to Slay the…

Alleluia Panis’ new work at Bindlestiff March 22 to 24, 2019

By Contributed | March 22, 2019

“In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng Is Deity” – a stunning work of multimedia dance theater by Eddie Wong. Posted March 22, 2019. Heads up to all SF Bay Area fans of theater, dance, drama, and history!  Tickets are selling out fast for Alleluia Panis’ new work being showcased this weekend in San Francisco. …