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7 life terms for mass killing at Oakland university

OAKLAND, Calif. — One Goh was sentenced July 14 to seven consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 271 years to life in state prison for killing seven people in a shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland five years ago. Goh, 48, a Korean national, said in a statement […]

Napa: Detour sign altered to demean ethnic group

Caltrans was told on July 2 about a detour sign in Napa that was hacked or changed to read something hateful, a Caltrans spokesman said July 7. Caltrans was alerted at 11:45 p.m. of the sign on state Highway 121 where the Sarco Creek Bridge Replacement Project is underway that said “Caution Asian Drivers,” spokesman […]

Victims, gunman who killed himself in UPS shooting identified

The four people who died, including the gunman, in the June 14 shooting inside a San Francisco UPS facility have been identified, police said. San Francisco resident Jimmy Lam, 38, shot five people at about 8:55 a.m. at the facility located at 320 San Bruno Ave. As officers were arriving, Lam then allegedly shot himself […]

NPS announces $1.6 million in grants to preserve and interpret WWII JA confinement sites

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service on June 8 announced $1.6 million in grants to preserve and interpret sites where Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. The grants aim to support the “preservation, restoration and education projects” at these sites where some 120,000 Nikkei were incarcerated in concentration camps after President Franklin […]

Berkeley: Muslim women gather to learn basics of self-defense

BERKELEY, Calif.  — A group of Muslim women gathered June 9 at a Berkeley mosque to learn about self-defense from a veteran martial arts instructor. The women met at the Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque to tumble, grapple and learn the basics of keeping safe as fears continue to mount nationally over racist attacks against Muslims […]

Palo Alto: Police asking for help solving 16-year-old homicide

Palo Alto, Calif. police are asking for help in solving a homicide that took place on this date 16 years ago, police said June 10.  Maria Hsiao died in a shooting June 10, 2001 outside a downtown nightclub. Police are asking people to watch this video: Police are also asking people to share the […]

BREAKING THE CEILING: Sonoma State prez wants to increase university’s reach

Closing out an eventful first year as the seventh president of Sonoma State University, Dr. Judy K. Sakaki, the first female Japanese American president of a four-year university in the United States, continues a career dedicated to helping students attain higher education through California’s public university system. The daughter of a mechanic and a Sunday […]

Reporter fired for racist tweet on Sato’s Indy 500 win

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — A Denver Post sportswriter lost his job May 29 after tweeting that he was “uncomfortable” with Japanese driver Takuma Sato winning the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. “Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” Terry Frei wrote, […]

Japanese American advocate honored

A pioneering Japanese American advocate was granted honorary membership in the State Bar by the California Supreme Court in San Francisco May 24, 63 years after his death. Sei Fujii, who immigrated to the United States as a child in 1903, graduated from law school at the University of Southern California in 1911. But he […]

Two Texas men convicted of assault, hate crime in 2016 attack of Sikh man

Two Texas men have been sentenced to three years in state prison after they pleaded no contest May 18 to felony assault and a hate crime enhancement for a 2016 attack in Richmond, according to Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson. Chase Little and Colton Leblanc were accused of attacking Maan Singh Khalsa, a […]

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