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Standing Strong! Fillmore & Japantown: Voices from Write Now! Fillmore and Write Now! Japantown
Edited by Shizue Seigel

Produced with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Arts Commission, the Asian Pacific Island Cultural Center, San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society.

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Celebrating the enduring spirit of the African American and Japanese American communities of San Francisco’s Western Addition.

Prose, poetry and visual art by community writers and artists of Shizue Seigel’s Write Now! Japantown and Write Now! Fillmore writing workshops explore the parallels and contrasts of two communities. What do they remember of the old days? What do they treasure? What are their challenges today? What keeps them going, and what can they teach us?

Community spirit still burns brightly, though neighborhoods have been scattered by incarceration, red-lining and blight, and the wholesale demolition of 100 blocks of housing and businesses. Destruction came quickly; renewal came much too slowly. Today, gentrification endangers our churches, community resources, family-run businesses and close-knit networks.

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Paperback, 140 pages, black & white artwork, 6" x 9

ISBN: 978-0-9904173-2-3, Retail: $17.95

Pease Press, San Francisco, ©2016


Sandra Bass
Joyce Brady
Anthony Brown
Ravi Chandra
Machiko M. Conway
Alex Damron
Shari DeBoer
Charles Dixon
Lyndsey Ellis
Rodney Ewing
Jennifer Hasegawa
Mary Ann Hori
Susan Kitazawa
Xiomara Larkin
Aqueila M. Lewis

Juanita Tamayo Lott
Grace Morizawa
Roji Oyama
J. Lisa Oyama
Ernestine Patterson
Shizue Seigel
Malik Seneferu
Juanda Stewart
Kimi Sugioka
Kenji Taguma
Sheridan Tatsuno
Landa Williams
Tamiko Wong
Queennandi X
Michiko Yamada
Sandra Yamakishi


About the Editor:
Shizue Seigel is a Japanese American writer and visual artist born just after the closure of World War II incarceration camps. A long-time San Francisco resident, she has helped women at risk of Aids, former Japanese American incercerees, and activists to tell their stories in their own words.