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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 […]

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 Latin Americans receive favorable hearing; ruling may not come for years

WASHINGTON — Isamu Carlos “Art” Shibayama and the Campaign for Justice: Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans! delegation appeared to have received a favorable hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights March 21, but an official ruling may not be expected for years. The IACHR is an independent agency of the Organization of American […]

U.S. top court dismisses appeal over ‘comfort women’ statue in Calif

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — The U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 rejected an appeal filed by Japanese Americans seeking removal of a statue in California symbolizing women who were forced to work in wartime Japanese brothels. The decision came despite the Japanese government’s opinion presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in February asking it to […]

AB 491, to educate public about Japanese American incarceration, passes committee

TORRANCE, Calif.  — Assembly Bill 491, legislation introduced by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi that would allocate $3 million in grants to the State Library to educate Californians about the World War II incarceration of  Japanese Americans, passed the Assembly Education Committee on March 22 by a unanimous vote of 7-0. The bill designates $1 million each […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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