From law to film, activism by S.F. Public Defender Jeff Adachi

Jeff Adachi has been San Francisco’s elected public defender since 2002, and oversees an office of nearly 100 lawyers and 100 support staff. While known for his work in the courts and in San Francisco’s political sphere, Adachi is also a recognized documentary filmmaker and is premiering his latest film “Defender” at the San Francisco […]

California chief justice on the right side of history

We applaud Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court for taking a strong position against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement practice of stalking undocumented immigrants in California courthouses. “There is ample evidence that immigrants view such practices as a form of stalking that deters them from seeking justice for themselves or cooperating in […]

We will fight back in defense of our communities

As Donald Trump’s presidency barely passed its one-month mark, Trump has launched profound threats against immigrants and refugees, our human rights, and our climate. In the face of his hateful and destructive policies, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are rising up. Recently, 10 out of 14 members of the president’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans […]

City sued over voting rights, citing discrimination against Asians

A retired social worker filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Clara March 30, citing that the city’s at-large election system has prevented Asian Americans from being elected to City Council despite a 38 percent Asian minority population in the city. “Something is wrong when such a sizeable Asian American population cannot elect candidates […]

Japanese Americans speak up for Muslim Americans

SAN JOSE, Calif. — “A monetary sum and words alone cannot restore lost years or erase painful memories. Neither can they fully convey our nation’s resolve to rectify injustice and to uphold the rights of individuals.” Tom Oshidari, co-president of the Japanese American Citizens League, San Jose chapter, was reading from the letter he had […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Life of flower

花 (Hana) means “flower.” The top indicates a plant. The left side below the plant indicates a person, and the right side indicates the person who is upside down in the ground, meaning death. A flower begins as a plant, blooms as a flower, and then it eventually dies. 命 (Inochi) means “life.” The top indicates a […]

Retired light-rail dispatcher killed by VTA bus near San Jose’s Japantown

SAN JOSE — A retired light-rail dispatcher for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority was killed by a VTA bus near San Jose’s Japantown on the evening of March 23, VTA officials said. Milpitas resident Benny Cheung, 60, had recently retired after 37 years with the transit agency when he was killed. The VTA board […]

Raising hope and awareness for mixed-race bone marrow matches

As a multiracial American (Japanese-Okinawan, Mexican, and German), I’ve always thought of my mixed-ness as a unique part of my identity. Recently though, I’ve learned that this attribute is a possible health concern if I were ever to be diagnosed with a blood or bone disease. More than 50,000 multiracial patients a year search for […]

Many still struggling 6 years after quake, nuclear disaster

TOKYO  — Survivors pledged to reconstruct their hometowns March 11 on the sixth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in northeastern Japan, with many still struggling to rebuild their lives. “I never imagined I would be living in temporary housing for six years,” said Hirotoshi Masukura, a 61-year-old evacuee from an off-limits […]

Civil rights groups, state officials question revised travel ban

President Donald Trump signed a revised and scaled-down travel ban March 6 aimed at allaying the constitutional concerns of a federal appeals court in San Francisco. But several civil rights groups and elected Democratic officials said they continue to have concerns about the ban, which bars visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries, and suggested that […]

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