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Takei slams ‘Muslim ban’ on anniversary of incarceration

LOS ANGELES — Actor George Takei criticized Feb. 17 President Donald Trump’s executive order that had banned the entry of people from seven Muslim-majority countries ahead of the 75th anniversary of the executive order that forced Japanese Americans into concentration camps in World War II. “We know that this executive order was the same kind […]

10 Resign from President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs

The President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders submitted their resignations Feb. 15  to President (Donald) Trump. The main reason: Trump’s policies have adversely affected Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Six other Commissioners — Nina Ahmad, Lian Cheun, Diane Narasaki, Shekar Narasimhan, Bo Thao-Urabe, and Paul Watanabe — had resigned in January. “We […]

Man fatally stabbed in early February identified

HAYWARD, Calif. — A man who was fatally stabbed in Hayward in early February was identified by police Feb. 22 as 32-year-old Hok Yiu Wong, who police said had prior residences in Fremont and Milpitas. Authorities said police and Alameda County coroner’s officials have been unable to locate Wong’s next of kin. Hayward police said […]

Speakers at L.A. Day of Remembrance urge all to speak out against injustice

LOS ANGELES — The 2017 Day of Remembrance, held Feb. 18 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, featured guest speakers urging community members not to forget the unjust mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The speakers also encouraged the audience to speak out against President Donald Trump’s administration’s discriminatory […]

California officials praise ruling as Trump vows to appeal

A federal appeals court in San Francisco declined Feb. 9 to reinstate President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the Trump administration’s bid for an emergency stay of Feb. 3 order by a federal trial judge […]

1-alarm fire at Japantown apartment building quickly contained

Firefighters quickly extinguished a one-alarm fire at an apartment complex the morning of Feb. 14 in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood, according to fire officials. Firefighters first responded to the blaze at 8:55 a.m. at 1600 Webster St., fire officials said on Twitter. The fire was under control by 9:02 a.m., according to fire officials. The […]

Three arrested in connection with strong-armed robberies

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Three people have been arrested in connection with a string of recent strong-armed robberies in San Jose, police announced Feb. 2. Santos Thompson, 21, Carissa Martinez, 26, and Anthony Macias, 36, all of San Jose, were arrested on suspicion of strong-armed robbery, according to the San Jose Police Department. The police […]

Korematsu Day tackles mass incarceration across communities

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Fred T. Korematsu Institute held its seventh annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution program Jan. 29 at the Paramount Theatre. The program, entitled “Mass Incarceration Across Communities: What’s Next?,” commemorated the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. Korematsu defied military orders — that incarcerated some 120,000 people […]

Dems introduce bill to restrict use of nuclear weapons

Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D—Torrance) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D—Massachusetts) introduced a bill Jan. 24 to prohibit the president of the United States “from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress,” a statement said. According to the statement, “the crucial issue of nuclear ‘first use’ is more urgent than […]

Man sentenced for stabbing murder of ex-wife

NAPA, Calif. — A 74-year-old Napa man was sentenced Jan. 24 in Napa County Superior Court to 26 years to life in prison for the 2014 stabbing murder of his ex-wife. Shozaburo Nakamura was convicted in December of killing Eiko Nakamura, his wife of 23 years, in their home on May 31, 2014. Nakamura stabbed […]

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