Tecumseh, Thanksgiving and the Native Cinema Showcase

by Eddie Wong This will be a very strange, pandemic-fied Thanksgiving.  Gathering of one’s social bubble and perhaps one other non-related bubble (one with negative coronavirus tests) is the  recommended protocol. It’s certainly not the festive family and friends gatherings we’ve held in the past. And we will pause to mourn the loss of 1.3…

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ENOUGH of Trump!

by Eddie Wong. I don’t know about you, but I’m done –  tired and fried, sick to my stomach . Anxieties and sorrow about the pandemic combined with rage against POTUS (Pompous Asshole of the United States) have energized me in a strange way like a wounded snake coiled for one more strike. So here…

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Miles Davis and Charlie Parker in Little Tokyo 1946 – Full Program Video Available

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 21, 2020.  HERE’S LINK TO THE FULL PROGRAM AS PROVIDED BY FILMMAKER ROBERT SHOJI. Announcing a free online program. Sunday, October 11, 2020 2:00 PM—3:30 PM Virtual Programs A Celebration of Bronzeville’s Finale Club In March 1946, an important moment in jazz history took place when Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, two all-time jazz greats,…

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Karl Evangelista & Apura!

An interview with jazz composer/guitarist Karl Evangelista by Eddie Wong. Eddie: Tell us about how you got into music. Karl:  I began on the guitar at age 12, inspired by both the raging psychedelic blues of Jimi Hendrix and Cream as well as the noisy alternative rock of the Pixies, Nirvana, and the Smashing Pumpkins.…

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Dispatches: Marietta, GA – Fire Within

FIRE WITHIN by Donna Wong A stealth disease is here.  I’m well but I also could be unwell. I’m definitely feeling a shift to a new normal, but still much is the same with modifications:  move, eat, drink, poop/pee, sleep, replenish. While having retired several years ago, I no longer recall days and dates, or…

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Dispatches: Los Angeles – Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Editor’s Note: We wish to thank Teresa Mei Chuc for sharing these poems that are of the moment and yet timeless. Laughter, love and life are what we cherish the most now. Love in the Time of Coronavirus People are buying groceries and other  needed items for the elderly in their neighborhood. With people on…

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Dispatches: San Francisco – We Will Persevere

Editor’s note: Esther Leong is a community activist and the Administrative Director of the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach in San Francisco.  She contributed this calligraphy and observations about the current health crisis and its impact in our communities. In light of the hate and xenophobia breed and emboldened by our administration, it’s no doubt…

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Chinese Americans Support Tsuru for Solidarity

In January 2020, a group of Chinese Americans, some representing major organizations in SF Chinatown and other individual activists, met at Chinese for Affirmative Action with Satsuki Ina, Emiko Omori, Chizu Omori, and Kathy Kojimoto from Tsuru for Solidarity to learn more about their campaign to close the detention camps and advocate for a just,…

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Dispatches: “Botan (Peony)” – Alameda, CA

by Shinya Tomine. In a matter of a few days, the whole world, it seems, turned upside down – shelter in place, businesses, small and large, on the brink of bankruptcy, unemployment surging, retirement savings evaporating, hospitals beyond capacity… I had done a series of prints of flowers in black and white and following up…

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Dispatches: SF – Freedom & Hope

Editor’s Note:  Leon Sun and Nancy Hom developed the following poster as we were planning the Chinese Americans Support Tsuru for Solidarity art workshop in San Francisco Chinatown. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the workshop due to shelter in place order.  Let this image and other expressions continue to keep our spirits alive as we…

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