All about Taiwan

Posted August 13, 2011 9:12 pm (about 3086 days ago)

I just returned from what's becoming an annual trip to Taiwan and have been posting like mad. From street art to interviews, there's a lot coming down the pipeline. For now, Facebook is the best place for the latest updates. However, I'm also updating the "Taiwan page," so be sure to check it out! More

Staying connected

Posted July 25, 2011 7:28 am (about 3106 days ago)

The last few months I reached full capacity. While real life isn't any more busy than usual, the amount of social media just exploded. More

Support this book!

Posted December 22, 2010 10:35 pm (about 3320 days ago)

A new photobook documenting murals created by the Oakland-based Community Rejuvenation Project, whose work in 2010 included more than two dozen pieces in three cities. Photos by Pancho Pescador and others, including yours truly! More

Latinos in Taiwan Pt. IV

Posted August 11, 2010 2:44 pm (about 3454 days ago)

Reviews of Cubano Rum and Cigar Bar, Fiesta Latino at Roxy Roots, and Oola Mexican grill, all in Taipei. More

Teacher reflects on Oakland MC

Posted August 10, 2010 4:18 pm (about 3455 days ago)

Anthony “Supreme Sketch” Ragland wasn’t exactly one of those students who screamed potential to me. At the time I was a teacher at a new charter high school in east Oakland and my classroom, next to a church auditorium, also served as a main hallway so discipline was a constant issue, including a young Anthony casually strolling through my class on his cell phone. More

Help Oakland high school students go to El Salvador

Posted May 22, 2010 2:48 am (about 3535 days ago)

Have fun for a good cause at an upcoming event at Oakland's Layover bar. Donations during happy hour on Monday June 14th go towards Movimiento, which is supporting a group of youth to spend 10 days doing a cultural exchange and community service projects in El Salvador. DJs for the night include Juan (ERA/Lukas, among others), DJ Chango', and yours truly!

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Avatar retreads tired racial stereotypes

Posted December 29, 2009 7:38 pm (about 3678 days ago)

As with most futures not envisioned by people of color, the human population will still be predominately White. Beyond a few tokens, the rest of us still show up as the “others.” More

Living History: Allensworth, CA

Posted October 11, 2009 3:35 pm (about 3758 days ago)

Allensworth was founded by African Americans at the turn of the 20th Century. Although it is not currently a functional town it’s a state park and has several events each year to keep its legacy alive. For this year’s annual commemoration Oakland Unity High School and Our Family Circle teamed up to make the four-hour drive. Three generations of Oaklanders joined the celebration, along with yours truly. More

Latinos in Taiwan Pt. 3: Chicano hip hop scene

Posted September 22, 2009 2:48 am (about 3777 days ago)

It’s no secret that people in Asia are fascinated by hip hop, with countries such as Japan cultivating a massive scene including sub-genres such as Chicano rap. Although Taiwan’s scene is not as developed, it’s steadily growing and makes huge strides every time I visit. As far as I can tell, there’s relatively little that’s been written about this scene so I wanted to explore a little bit. But to properly address this issue, I need to set up some personal context.

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Latinos in Taiwan Pt. 2: El Gallo Restaurant and Brass Monkey Salsa Night

Posted September 12, 2009 7:30 pm (about 3786 days ago)

This may be the shorter of my three postings on this topic as my conversations with Isa, one of the owners of the El Gallo restaurant, and Jorge, the founder of Latinos Taiwan, were super short. However, in my effort to learn more about the Latino community in Taiwan, every little bit of information counted! During my brief visit I wasn’t focused primarily on finding out everything Latino so I took whatever I could get.

Latinos in Taiwan Part 1: Eddy’s Cantina

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