Chinatown Art Brigade: Social Practice, Cultural Resistance, and Defying Displacement

By Contributed | August 17, 2018

Manhattan’s Chinatown has been home to generations of socially engaged art collectives and continues to be a locus for Asian American political resistance, dissent, and movement. From the Basement Workshop and the Asian American Art Centre in the 1970s to Godzilla and Epoxy Art Group in the following years, the tradition of grassroots cultural production…

Water is Life – Standing with Standing Rock

By Contributed | August 16, 2018

Artist and activist Leon Sun journeyed to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in 2016 to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Upon his return, he also photographed the spirited San Francisco rally outside Wells Fargo Bank. Here’s what Leon had to say about both events. In September 2016, I went with a primarily women and two-spirit delegation…

“When we’re doing things with other people, that’s where hope is.”

By Contributed | August 16, 2018

“When we’re doing things with other people, that’s where hope is. That is the only way to keep ourselves going.” – Emily Ja-Ming Lee, Director of San Francisco Rising   Emily Ja-Ming Lee is an energetic, bright woman who has earned a reputation as one of the leading social justice movement and electoral organizers in…

The Forgotten Zine of 1960s Asian-American Radicals

By Contributed | August 16, 2018

East Wind ezine wishes to thank Topic.com and writer Jaeah J. Lee for allowing us to link to her article about Gidra, the groundbreaking Asian American community newspaper that debuted in April 1969 in Los Angeles.  The article appeared online at Topic.com earlier this year. I asked Mike Murase, who is featured prominently in the article,…

Write Back, Fight Back – essays from Reappropriate.com

By Contributed | August 9, 2018

We’d like you to check out “Write Back, Fight Back,” a weekly series of thought-provoking essays by Asian American and South Asian writers and activists at the Reappropriate.com, a blog founded by writer Jenn Fang. In her introduction to the series, she writes, “We – Asian American writers, thought leaders, and scholars -know that the…

Why We All Lose With the Model Minority Myth

By Contributed | August 9, 2018

Much is being made of a lawsuit alleging discrimination against Asian American applicants to Harvard University in order to reinforce the narrative that race should no longer be a factor in the admissions process. Plaintiffs allege that Asian American applicants with top scores for academics, test results and extracurricular activities were nonetheless admitted at lower…

Seize the Moment: Building AAPI Power

By Contributed | August 8, 2018

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Civic Empowerment Education Fund (AAPIs for CE EF) is a recently formed organization that has played a crucial role developing grassroots community organizations’ ability to build power inside and outside the electoral arena. This is a modified version of remarks prepared by AAPIs for CE EF director Timmy Lu…

Jazz Pianist Mahiru Coda aka Mappy

By Contributed | August 8, 2018

Mahiru Koda 甲田まひる a.k.a. Mappy is a precocious 17 year old jazz pianist from Tokyo. She learned classical piano and jazz techniques during the start of her musical career and listened to Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell for many hours. Mappy has good technique and range and has a presence when performing. In addition to…

East Wind Rising

By Contributed | August 8, 2018

Wind. Sometimes it’s a cool, gentle ocean breeze. Sometimes in summer it feels like a fierce blast of heat. Whether it is hot or cold, wind is simply energy moving through space and time. East Wind ezine is like the wind. We are a new energy gathering strength from our past to move us into…

Roots and Resistance in Hakka Diaspora

By Contributed | July 23, 2018

Roots and Resistance in the Hakka Chinese Diaspora  by Wayne Yeh 葉氏家族以客家人文精神為支柱 The Hakka Spirit is the Pillar of the Yap Clan 樹高千丈,葉落歸根 No matter how tall a tree grows, its leaves will fall back to their roots   There is a Chinese saying: 「有陽光的地方就有華人,有華人的地方就有客家人」Wherever the sun shines, there are Chinese people. Wherever there are…