Eastwind Books has a 41 year history in Berkeley. The first 14 years under Eastwind Books and Arts and the later 27 years under Eastwind Books of Berkeley. Eastwind Books & Arts was founded in 1977 with a focus on promoting US-China relations; it opened a Berkeley store in 1982, on the former location of Yenan Books.
In 1996, Eastwind Books and Arts sold the store to customers Harvey and Bea Dong, who transformed the store from a primarily Chinese language, China-focussed store into an Asian American and Ethnic Studies bookstore. This was largely due to their background involvement during the late 1960s and early 1970s that included the TWLF Strikes at UC Berkeley (1969), the struggle the save the International Hotel (1969-1977) and the opening of the first Asian American bookstore in the nation, Everybody's Bookstore in 1970.
After the change in ownership, the name was changed to Eastwind Books of Berkeley. One of the first events held was a poetry reading by San Francisco Manilatown poet laureate Al Robles, who read from his poetry collection Rappin' with 10,000 Carabaos in the Dark. In 1998, Eastwind moved to a new location at 2066 University where it continued holding book events, supported new authors, poets, artists and promoted progressive-socially relevant books.
It established itself as a hub for the promotion of Asian American and Ethnic Studies Literature. Eastwind Books of Berkeley closed its physical store on April 14, 2023 but has continued the work in the form of book publishing and community book events. Its work has continued with its online store -- www.AsiaBookCenter.com and stays connected with past and current customers through its regular events at different locations throughout the Bay Area. Eastwind Books Multicultural Services is a non-profit that continues to hold free book literary events.