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 […]

People of Color and the poor will be hardest hit by ACA repeal

President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to repeal and replace Obamacare is bad news for millions of Americans, but the poor and people of color are going to be hit hardest, say health care advocates. “The winners and losers from repealing Obamacare will depend crucially on the details of whatever replacement plan materializes,” said Larry Levitt, senior […]

Little Tokyo community discusses concerns and fears about Trump

LOS ANGELES — Japanese Americans and friends gathered for a meeting held at the Japanese American National Museum Nov. 13 to discuss their concerns and fears about how President-elect Donald Trump and his administration might affect the nation and this community. Bill Watanabe, retired executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center, revealed to the […]

Escrow closes but criticism of Keiro sale continues

LOS ANGELES — Keiro Senior HealthCare, which in early February finalized the sale of its four facilities to a for-profit real estate developer, looked beyond criticism from activists opposed to the transaction and declared Keiro’s intention to go forward with programs to benefit local Japanese American seniors. Gary Kawaguchi, Keiro’s chairman of the board, told […]

Sale of Keiro Senior HealthCare upsets many in SoCal Nikkei community

LOS ANGELES —When Keiro Senior HealthCare, the nation’s largest nonprofit health care organization for Japanese Americans, announced the sale of its facilities to a for-profit real estate company, many concerned individuals protested the sale as a betrayal of the original founders’ mission to serve the Southern California Japanese American community’s elders. Keiro, which for more […]

Study: Undocumented Immigrants Relying on ‘Luck’ to Stay Healthy

BERKELEY, Calif. — Undocumented immigrants’ ability to stay healthy might come down to a matter of luck. That’s one of the findings that emerged from a study released late last month by The Greenlining Institute, a national research and advocacy organization. Prohibitive costs, language barriers, fear of outing themselves as undocumented and a perceived lack […]

Lack of Asian-language materials on exchanges leaves many AAPIs uninsured, say advocates

The lack of Asian-language materials on health care exchanges has left hundreds of thousands of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders uninsured, according to a report released last month by Action for Health Justice (AHJ). “Sixty percent of our population are foreign-born and face language barriers and are in a range of immigration statuses,” […]

Shinseki leaves Obama’s Cabinet over scandal

WASHINGTON — Eric Shinseki, a Japanese American who served as U.S. secretary of veterans affairs, stepped down from the Cabinet post on May 30 following problems in the healthcare system for veterans, President Barack Obama said. Obama told a press conference at the White House that he has accepted an offer of resignation by Shinseki. […]

New report details the changing demographics of the AAPI community

The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice released a new demographic report, “A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California,” Feb. 4. The report provides data on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, other minorities and the general population of California, with respect to topics including health, income, education […]

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: Senior service organizations help sandwich generation care for aging parents

In the United States, the typical caregiver is a 48-year-old woman providing care for a relative, according to a 2009 report by the American Association of Retired Persons. The report states that 31.2 percent of U.S. households have had at least one person serve as an unpaid caregiver within a year. The “sandwich generation,” adult […]

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