Singing Japanese Love Songs

Youthful beauty
back straight
singing Japanese love songs

Neighborhood boys
to catch a glimpse
chasing them away
frying pan in hand

Stopped to feed a cat once
then to make a life of it
They expect me
count on me

Five like to eat here
wet food only
seven over there
only dry

I take my time
People push
FUCKING people

I love my cats

There too
over there
and there

Wake and Cry

wake and cry
wake and cry
feral children play hide and seek
behind the stacks of old musty books

warm waterfall, City Lights awning
sheets of water tease
we dance the dance of wild children
full of mischief, doing what we please

wake and cry
Mama struggles daily
hoping the streets don’t swallow
her children, she tracks their every movement
when she can

filling pockets with nickels
In exchange for rhythmic chops to the shoulder
encouragements comes in stern warnings
follow a straight path

don’t lie,
don’t cheat
don’t steal

wake and cry
wake and cry
Mama struggles daily
to get the kids off to school

two squares like it or not
on special days lunch comes
hand delivered in a paper bag
whispers of sorrow pinned to the side

wake and cry
Mama struggles daily
to stand
to walk
to eat

peace comes with the kiss of daylight
sweet shallow puffs of air
children grown
at her side
wake and cry

In Loving Memory


Tsutae Kuma Lachica (Ivy)

Aug-1-1933 to Feb-13-2015

Tsutae Lachica 82 of San Francisco, formerly of Fukuoka Japan, died peacefully, surrounded by all of her children. Survivors include her son Juan Lachica Jr. his wife Veronica Kaldani, daughters Juana Lachica, Julia Lachica her partner Luella Penserga, daughter May Ikeda and grandson Desmond Fambrini.

My mom lived for more than half her life in San Francisco’s Chinatown Ping Yuen Housing Project. She took care of the feral cats there for many years and actively assisted in capturing many of them, and with limited income, used her own funds to pay for their spayed/neutered and released them back and continued to care for them.

I am asking friends and family to make donations in her name to San Francisco SPCA, or shelter of their choice. Helping these animals made my mother happy, kept her healthy and active for many, many years.


Santo Niño

Santo Niño

Santo Niño, 8″x8″ Wood Canvas. Acrylic with Oil wash. $300 (SOLD)

Two limited addition Giclée Prints will be auctioned at Cafe Gabriela. 988 Broadway, Oakland, California 94607 on December 13, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm. Proceeds will be donated to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns’ Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Efforts.

Art for Change: March 1, 2013 6pm to 8pm

I will be donating a 12.5 x 12.5″ framed giclee print  of  “Songbird in Three Seconds” Valued at $300 to Art for Change, at Cafe Gabriela, benefiting The DREAMers Fund started by the Transnational Institute for Grassroot Research and Action (TIGRA), which supports undocumented youth who are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA or DA) but whose family can not carry the entire burden of paying for the application and legal service fees (which can be an upwards of $1,000).

There will be food, performances and art for sale!

If you have any questions or know folks that may want to donate, please contact Ivonne Quiroz at Deadline for art submissions is February 15th


Panel Discussion April 16, 2011 at 2pm

In conjunction with the exhibit, [b*longing], the Manilatown Heritage Foundation presents a panel discussion on Julia LaChica’s artwork and mixed race heritage, reflecting on the influences from San Francisco’s multiculturalism.

The panel consists of Julia LaChica, Nancy Hom, and Wei Ming Dariotis, Ph.D. The panel will be moderated by Juana Maria Rodriguez, Ph.D.

The [b*longing] exhibit is free for viewing to the public at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center through April 30, 2011.

868 Kearny Street @ Jackson
San Francisco, CA 94108
2PM – 5PM FREE, Donations are appreciated.
For more information:
wheel chair accessible