50 Years Ago, CANE Sounded The Alarm About Saving Japantown And The Need for Affordable Housing

By Contributed | August 12, 2023

By: John Ota. Posted August 12, 2023 50 years ago, CANE, the Committee Against Nihonmachi Eviction, addressed at least two matters that remain urgent, on-going issues today: saving Nihonmachi (Japantown) and the need for more affordable housing. Saving Japantown In recent years, many have raised concerns regarding the demise of the 43 Japantowns that once…

MOSF 18.7: “Shortcomings”: The Call Is Coming from Inside the Asian American House (EAAPAAO Part 4)

By Ravi Chandra | August 5, 2023

The beauty of Randall Park’s Shortcomings, based on Adrian Tomine’s award-winning graphic novel (which I somehow haven’t read yet), is that it comes at a time when decades of frustration about Asian American representation in media, and Việt Thanh Nguyễn’s more recent call for “narrative plenitude” have yielded actual palpable fruit. Shortcomings allows us to advance representation while also asking, “what do we really want?” This film gives us a splendid mirroring of Asian American insider talk and usually unseen and oppressively denied interiorities, and deserves a watching, and in my case, a rewatching.

On the Road to Find Out: My Journey in the JJ’84 & ’88 Presidential Campaigns

By Eddie Wong | August 2, 2023

by Eddie Wong. Posted Aug. 2, 2023. Introduction:  On July 14 and 15, 2023 over 100 Jesse Jackson campaign staff, volunteers and delegates gathered in Chicago for the 35th anniversary of Jackson’s historic 1988 campaign. Over a dozen speakers shared their remembrances of the campaigns, especially commenting on how the 1984 and 1988 campaigns set…

Fascination – A Dr. Gong, Chinese Herbalist Story, by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | July 21, 2023

by Charlie Chin. Posted July 21, 2023.      Detective Carter was perplexed as he reviewed his notebook.  The carefully penciled notes were clear. “June 20, 1910, 5th precinct, adult White male body found in Fisher’s Ally at Mott Street.  Victim was beaten to death, skull crushed with blunt object.  Locals identified the dead man…

Life of A Yellow Pearl: Reflections with Nobuko Miyamoto

By Contributed | July 20, 2023

by Diana Tsuchida. Posted July 20, 2023 Nobuko Miyamoto, a force of activism, creativity and intersectional solidarity, has been one of the community’s great thought leaders and advocates for independent storytelling for more than 50 years. With childhood aspirations to study ballet and dance, Nobuko’s passion for the arts was supported by her parents, which…

“Celebrating Activism and Community,” Is Theme of 50-Year CANE Anniversary on Aug. 19 – ANTI-EVICTION PROTESTS BY JAPANTOWN ACTIVISTS AND RESIDENTS TO BE COMMEMORATED

By Contributed | July 18, 2023

By June Hibino. Posted July 18, 2023. In 1975 and 1976 in San Francisco, members of the Committee Against Nihonmachi Eviction (CANE) – tired of seeing residents and small businesses being ignored and disrespected by the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) – staged sit-ins at the Mayor’s office and at the RDA office in the Western Addition.…

“Iron Horse Road,” an immersive, aural exploration of Chinese railroad builders debuts July 19

By Contributed | July 17, 2023

by Hao Huang. Posted July 17, 2023. Introduction:  East Wind ezine was proud to support Hao and Micah Huang’s podcast “Blood on Gold Mountain,” which is a radio history/drama about the Los Angeles Chinatown massacre of 1871. It premiered in June 2021. (see link below). They return with another innovative work “Iron Horse Road” with…

MOSF 18.6 Affirmative Action: SCOTUS and the Dominant Culture Tell on Themselves (Part 2)

By Ravi Chandra | July 14, 2023

SCOTUS’s decision on Affirmative Action adds to the penalty of early death to millions of Black, but also likely Latinx, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander lives. As poet Terrance Hayes said of Donald Trump, “I think this dude is trying to kill me.”

MOSF 18.5 Affirmative Action: SCOTUS and the Dominant Culture Tell on Themselves (Part 1)

By Ravi Chandra | July 1, 2023

The SCOTUS ruling on Affirmative Action is a setback for the mental health of the entire nation. And a constitutional, electoral, spiritual and moral call to action.

Searching for Susie Wong: A Great-Granddaughter’s Journey through Time, Space, and Imagination

By Contributed | June 2, 2023

By Linda Wing. Posted June 2, 2023. Introduction In this 1912 photograph, a woman sits still, her hair pulled back in a timeless style. She is wearing a shimmering silk jacket; her earrings and necklace are made of Chinese gold. She looks us right in the eye, serenely, with a hint of a smile on…