Friday, September 24, 2010


The Korean American Women Artists and Writers Association (KAWAWA) will be
hosting a Korean Chuseok Festival from September 30 - October 2, 2010. Chuseok is one
of Korea’s most largely celebrated holidays, when families and friends gather to share
food and enjoy their time together, giving thanks to their ancestors for the year’s bountiful
harvests. KAWAWA invites you to join the Bay Area’s Korean American community and
participate in this fun fall festival. KAWAWA is an incubating space for individuals and
groups, who draw their inspiration from their community environment and grow through
the creative process. Get engaged in traditional Korean Chuseok rituals and be a part of
creating new Korean American traditions during this three-day event. Programs include
activities and entertainment for all ages.

Other KAWAWA Chuseok events include the KAWAWA youth presenting interactive fan dance
demonstration at the Asian Art Museum on September 19th from 1-2 pm, and hosting a Chuseok Tea Ceremony on September 22nd from 2-4 pm at Martin Luther King/Marcus Garvey Square.

DATES: September 30-October 2, 2010

LOCATION: Korean American Community Center (745 Buchanan Street. San Francisco)

Sept. 30
Greetings to Ancestors Day: 3pm-7pm
Charye ( Ancestor greetings), poetry reading, songpyeon (rice cake) making.

Oct 1
Senior Citizens Day: 12pm-8pm
Tea Ceremony, Hanbok Experience, Korean Name, Health work shop for senior
citizens, Beolcho (Community Center clean-up), Chuseok giftbag for senior
citizens, Korean Dance, Korean Movie.

Oct. 2
Youth Day: 1pm-5pm
Chuseok Station: Hip Hop & Kimbap, Hangul (Korean language) Bingo,
Art and Crafts, Ganggangsullae (Korean line dance)

Event co-sponsored by San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, San Francisco State University Korean Student Association, Korean-American Association of San Francisco & Bay Area, Korean American Senior Service, Inc. The Association of Korean Adoptees of San Francisco (AKASF)

745 Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 252-5828 Fax: (251) 252-5827 E-mail: Web:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Zainichi ‘US-Japan Solidarity Tour 2010’ Report Back & Zainichi-Brunch

Dear Eclipse Rising Friends and Family,

Eclipse Rising invites you to a
Zainichi ‘US-Japan Solidarity Tour 2010’
Report Back & Zainichi-Brunch!
---the first-ever radical grassroots solidarity exchange with minority communities in Japan by a US-based Zainichi organization!!---

Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time: 11:30am
Location: El Cerrito, CA (You will be provided the address upon your RSVP)

Come bring your curiosity and high spirit of solidarity to this cozy event with homecooked Zainichi-cuisine brunch, and hear Eclipse Rising delegates give a narrative & multimedia account of their 9-day long solidarity visits to communities and institutions in Japan - including:

1. Meeting with Kazuo Ishikawa (Buraku-min political prisoner) & Buraku Liberation League Campaign for ‘Sayama Justice’

2. Radical Women’s Active Museum on War & Peace on their continued global exposure of and campaign for justice for ‘comfort women’

3. Fureai-House, multicultural community center in one of Japan’s most ethnically diverse cities, providing culturally appropriate community services from kindergarten to senior housing to immigration services for Zainichi, Nikkei Latin Americans, Okinawans, migrant workers, etc.

4. Iju-ren, national solidarity network with migrants, serving and advocating for some of the most vulnerable, invisible and and fragmented foreign mirant constituencies in Japan

ER represented at a protest rally against Japanese government for Justice for “Comfort Women” on the day of the100-year anniversary of Japanese annexation of Corea - in Tokyo, August 11, 2010

Because of your unwavering support, we were able to begin cultivating organization-to-organization relationships with various communities resisting injustice and advancing their vision for multicultural Japan. Please join us to learn more -- and our vision for Eclipse Rising's future work!

Bring a friend along!! Bring a potluck dish to share!

Please RSVP with me at
Also, ask me any questions and concerns, including accessibility.

We look forward to reconnecting with you, and having a fun and inspiring afternoon!

Haruki, Eclipse Rising Membership Coordinator

Zainichi leprosy patient at sanatorium. About 10% of victims of forced quarantine have been Zainichi.

P.S. SAVE THE DATE! Eclipse Rising Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 16, 2010 near BART in Oakland or SF (Location TBD)

Pictures of our Events

Please click on the title to check out our Flicker account with photos from our L.A. event in November 2009 and our U.S.-Japan Solidarity tour in Tokyo and Kansai this summer.

You can also click on the links to our flicker account on the righthand-side panel of our blog.

Q & A with Mr. Yasuda after our "Sayama Incident Tour" about the false imprisonment of a Buraku man, Ishikawa Kazuo san

Yamashita-san tells us about the Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery

A Tour of the multicultural neighborhood of Kawasaki, Japan

protest in Ginza on the 100 year anniversary of Japan's occupation of Korea

A Rikidozan magazine cover at the History Museum of Zainichi Koreans


-ER core members

Monday, September 13, 2010

Zainichi Korean panel at a Critical Ethnic Studies Conference

Eclipse Rising members, Kyung hee Ha, Haruki Eda, and Kei Fischer will be on a panel titled "Collusion of Japanese and U.S. Empire and the Politics of Transnational Zainichi Korean Resistance" at UC Riverside's Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide conference from March 10 - 12.

Please come and support our exciting work!

Please spread the word!

Registration is $50 before November.

Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide:
Settler Colonialism/Heteropatriarchy/White Supremacy

A Major Conference
March 10-12, 2011
University of California, Riverside

Plenary Speakers:

Jacqui Alexander·Keith Camacho·Cathy Cohen·Glen Coulthard·Angela Davis·Gina Dent·Vicente Diaz
Roderick Ferguson·Ruth Wilson Gilmore·Gayatri Gopinath·Avery Gordon·Herman Gray·Judith Halberstam
Sora Han·Cheryl Harris·David Lloyd·Lisa Lowe·Wahneema Lubiano·Manning Marable·Fred Moten
José Muñoz·Nadine Naber·Hiram Pérez·Michelle Raheja·Dylan Rodríguez·David Roediger·Luana Ross
Josie Saldaña-Portillo·Sarita See·Ella Shohat·Denise da Silva·Audra Simpson·Nikhil Singh·Andrea Smith
Neferti Tadiar·João Costa Vargas·Waziyatawin

Ethnic studies scholarship has laid the crucial foundation for analyzing the intersections of racism, colonialism, immigration, and slavery within the United States context. Yet it has become clear that ethnic studies paradigms have become entrapped within, and sometimes indistinguishable from, the discourse and mandate of liberal multiculturalism, which relies on a politics of identity representation diluted and domesticated by nation-building and capitalist imperatives. Interrogating the strictures in which ethnic studies finds itself today, this conference calls for the development of critical ethnic studies. Far from advocating the peremptory dismissal of identity, this conference seeks to structure inquiry around the logics of white supremacy, settler colonialism, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy in order to expand the scope of ethnic studies. An interdisciplinary or even un-disciplinary formation, critical ethnic studies engages with the logics that structure society in its entirety.

As ethnic studies has become more legitimized within the academy, it has frequently done so by distancing itself from the very social movements that helped to launch ethnic studies in the first place. Irrefutable as the evidence is of the university's enmeshment with governmental and corporate structures, the trend in ethnic studies has been to neutralize the university rather than to interrogate it as a site that transforms ideas into ideology. While this conference does not propose to romanticize these movements or to prescribe a specific relationship that academics should have with them, we seek to call into question the emphasis on professionalization within ethnic studies and the concomitant refusal to interrogate the politics of the academic industrial complex or to engage with larger movements for social transformation.

See below for more information and registration:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Eclipse Rising interviewed on the radip

Please click on the title for the link or go to the website below for details. Website is in Japanese.

Eclipse Rising interviewed on the radip

Please click the link below for details. Website is in Japanese