Filmmaker Asiroh Cham

I can’t think of a more vibrant, engaging person than Asiroh Cham, a filmmaker who was trained at UCLA’s EthnoCommunications Program under the leadership of Prof. Robert Nakamura.  She has an inquisitive spirit, a staunch determination to tell the stories of the Cham people, and an irresistible charm that draws you in for an entrancing…

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Alleluia Panis – Inspired by Our Experiences and Traditions

by Eddie Wong with Jade Verdeflor 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 in the Pilipinx community,…

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Vietnam – The Journey Continues

by Alex Hing Four years after the publication of The People Make the Peace—Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (Just World Books 2015), our book was translated into Vietnamese by Gioi Publishers.  As authors, we decided to organize a book launch in Hanoi with our Vietnamese publisher, the Vietnam-USA Society, and the Vietnam Union of…

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An American Story

This illustrated story was created by Angel Trazo, an artist and aspiring scholar from the SF Bay Area. She is currently in the Master’s program at UCLA in Asian American Studies.  The story comes from a friend of mine who wishes to be anonymous. It recounts the all too familiar racist harassment that people of…

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Nobuko Fujimoto – She Taught Much More Than Piano

by Eddie Wong. 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 much of a conversation,…

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In Praise of Dr. Dawn Mabalon – Ruby Ibarra & Native Guns

article by Eddie Wong, videos by Jericho Saria Dr. Dawn Bohulano Mabalon left us with a legacy that will inspire us today, tomorrow, and forever.  She was known as a fierce advocate for preserving Stockton’s Little Manila, an emphatic educator whose works on Filipino American history influenced thousands of students, a spoken word artist, a…

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Environmental Justice is Rooted in Community

A video story produced by Connie Hsu, Deanne Liu, Nancy Truong, and Eddie Wong. Pam Tau Lee is a veteran community, labor, and environmental justice organizer in San Francisco.  East Wind ezine is proud to present this series of short videos that cover how she became an activist and her thoughts about the challenges ahead…

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An OG’s Reflections by May Chen

An OG’s (Older Generation) Reflections. Posted Aug. 21, 2018. This article is a companion piece to the interview with Cathy Dang, Executive Director of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, which also appears in East Wind ezine, Fall 2018. by May Chen Meeting, supporting, and working with Cathy Dang and others in today’s new generation of community…

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Cathy Dang: Organizing with Discipline, Rigor, Love and Revolutionary Heart

Interview and Editing by May Chen. Posted Aug. 21, 2018. Cathy Dang grew up in her parents’ nail salons. They were refugees from Vietnam, arriving in 1979. Cathy was born in Ridgewood, Queens, NYC. The family eventually moved to LA, where she worked continually in the family’s nail salon. College is where her political consciousness…

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