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With the Census in peril, what will it take to ‘right the ship?’

The 2020 Census is off to a rocky start, with crucial preparations already delayed or falling to the wayside, largely a result of inadequate funding from Congress. Some of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations, while fearing the worst, say there’s still time for Congress and the Trump administration to turn things around – but […]

Soldiers’ Homecoming: Japanese flags returned to families after decades abroad

More than 70 years ago, American soldiers fighting on the frontlines took home souvenirs from the dead bodies of Japanese soldiers. Today, they are finding their way back home to Japan through the efforts of the Obon Society. Based in Astoria, Ore., Rex and Keiko Ziak work full time to accept, catalogue and research Japanese […]

Diverse cops make the difference in policing hate

Hate crimes are on the rise nationwide, including here in San Francisco, where the city’s diversity also happens to be a hallmark of the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) Hate Crimes Unit. It’s one of just a handful of such units across the country, and officials say its diversity is a key part of its […]

NPS announces $1.2M for World War II JA incarceration sites

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service announced in a statement Aug. 17 $1.2 million in grants to “fund preservation, restoration, and education projects” at several sites where some 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II. Grantees • Chicago Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Chicago, Ill., “The Kansha […]

Oakland firefighter fatally shot identified, suspect arrested

SAN JOSE — San Jose police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of murdering one off-duty Oakland firefighter and shooting another on the evening of Aug. 17 in the city’s Japantown district. San Jose Police Department spokesman Albert Morales said police identified and located the suspect, San Jose resident Oliver Juinio, a short time […]

The rediscovered works of Kaneji Domoto

While Kaneji Domoto passed away in 2002 at the age of 89, his work and life have been revived through an exhibit at the Center for Architecture in New York. Domoto, a native of Oakland, Calif., was a New Rochelle, N.Y.-based architect and landscape architect who studied and worked with legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, […]

One killed, one seriously injured in J-Town collision between truck, motorcycle

A New Orleans man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in a collision the evening of July 19 in San Francisco between a truck and a motorcycle, police said. Jacob Mizelle, 29, was riding a motorcycle on Geary Boulevard when he hit the side of a westbound truck that was turning from Geary […]

$2 million campaign to meet demand at Asian Health Services

Oakland, Calif. — Demand for health services prompted an Oakland-based health clinic to start a $2 million campaign July 8 to expand, the chair of the clinic said. At about 10:30 a.m. officials with Asian Health Services announced the campaign at the Rolland and Kathryn Lowe Medical Center at 835 Webster St. in Oakland. The expansion […]

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 […]

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