Standing Strong: Fillmore & Japantown is a community
anthology of writings by African Americans, Japanese
Americans, and others with a connection to two
particular neighborhoods in San Francisco’s
The book is an outgrowth of Shizue Seigel’s San Francisco
Arts Commission Individual Artist Commission for her memoir-
in-progress, Miss Goody-Good Grows Up. For the community
component of the grant, Shizue initiated community writing
groups Write Now! Fillmore and Write Now! Japantown.
She reached out to ordinary people (not necessarily writers)
and encouraged them to meet monthly to free write about the
impact of migration, discrimination, redevelopment and
gentrification on their neighborhoods, communities and
What began as a series of three workshops at the San Francisco
African American Historical Society and the National Japanese
American Historical Society has evolved into a continuing series.
Shizue has led an additional eight probono workshops, and will
be seeking further funding to continue them on an on-going
The community showcase that will launch the book on May 22,
2016, also received support from the Asian Pacific islander
Cultural Center and the San Francisco Public Library.