On Watching A Song for Ourselves: Chris Iijima

"A Song for Ourselves" (2009) by Tad Nakamura portrays the inspiring and poignant life of Chris Iijima. Iijima was a member of Yellow Pearl (along with Joanne Miyamoto and later Charlie Chin), a folk group that were troubadours for the early Asian American Movement. The group was based in New York and were particularly important for East Coast activists, who saw so few Asian American bands. Much of the poignancy of the film came from Chris' premature passing due to a rare disease and a defiant last interview even as he faced mortality.

Nevada Republic Re-invokes Red Scare Ads

Soon to be Republican Congressman Mark Amodei of Nevada has used his new national platform to invoke fear and loathing toward China. It features among other things, the Chinese Army marching in front of the White House.

The Asian American Action Fund and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) have denounced the ad calling it "xenophobic," "racially charged" and "sinister." They asked him to take down the ad.

This is a continuation of the "Red Scare" tactics about China used by BOTH Republicans and Democrats during the past mid-term elections.

New York Observance of Vincent Chin and free version of Vincent Who?

June 23rd is the anniversary of the death of Vincent Chin. In 1982, Two white autoworkers bludgeoned Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man, to death with a baseball bat because he represented "Japanese" automobiles. Because of the local justice system, the two white workers never went to jail or paid more than a few thousand in fines. However, it sparked a nationwide campaign for civil rights for Asian Americans.

Community Debates Police Force in Arrest of 60 year old Musician

NYC Police come into Columbus Park in Chinatown to stop a 60 year old man, Wu Yi-Zhuo, who's playing Cantonese Opera. In the end, six to eight police arrest the man and bloody him. A crowd of elderly gather around the police and the man, complaining about the arrest in Cantonese. One of the cops pulls out mace and maybe a baton to threaten the crowd. Wu ended up spending the night in jail.

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