Hibakusha: Japanese American Atomic Bomb Survivors

from East Wind Vol. 1 No. 2
By Dean Toji
Most people don't realize that there were Americans living and Nagasaki when the two cities were bombed in 1945. But For example, Kanji Kuramoto, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, was visiting his ailing grandparents. “Because I made that one trip, the course of my life changed" says Kuramoto. "I was in Hiroshima two days after the bombing.

AAU Takes Anti-Casino Fight to Harrisburg


Asian Americans United and the Philadelphia Anti-Casino Coalition took their battle to Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. They organized busloads of people to attend a state Gaming Control Board hearing around the proposed Foxwoods Casino in Philadelphia. At the hearing, AAU and Coalition members were allowed to speak, but the Board still kept the project alive. However it continues to fine the developers for delays and threaten the project’s gambling license. The Board has also asked for more documentation around finances from developers.

Review: Chains of Babylon

In Chains of Babylon by Daryl Maeda looks at the history of the Asian American Movement, focusing on the creation of the Asian America identity. Chains see this evolution in relation to the dominant white culture and the emerging Black power movement. This identity was further developed by its solidarity with other oppressed groups globally, most notably with the Vietnamese then fighting a war for liberation against U.S. forces and their South Vietnamese allies.

APIs to Gather at Detroit - U.S. Social Forum

API individuals and organizations across the U.S. are planning to join thousands of other activists in Detroit this June at the second gathering of the U.S. Social Forum.

Presently, API groups are planning for a variety workshops; the call for workshops is open right now. For APIs overall, API Movement Building will be coordinating a social gathering and an exchange about ongoing work if there is sufficient interest.