Archives for August 2015

President Obama needs to stop repeating FDR’s worst mistake and end family detention now

(Editor’s note: This blog was originally published on The Obama administration has repeatedly characterized its newly constructed family detention camps as “an effective and humane” way to keep families together, and threatened in court filings that ending family detention would “require ICE to separate… children from their parents” by keeping the parents locked up […]

U.S. judge declines to seal allegedly confidential documents filed by Raymond Chow

A federal judge in San Francisco Aug. 7 turned down a prosecution request to seal documents in which racketeering defendant Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow disclosed excerpts of FBI wiretap applications. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said it would be futile to seal the documents filed by Chow on Aug. 4 because they have now been […]

Developers meet with Sequoias to discuss condominium project

A New York-based developer wants to build a high-rise in San Francisco’s Japantown, but its proposal has fallen mostly on deaf ears, with one community leader likening the plan to the dark days of the redevelopment era. Dozens of residents living in the Sequoias, a senior housing complex, and several representatives from local community organizations […]

Asian Americans impacted by Voting Rights Act

Without the Voting Rights Act, many Asian Americans would not have been able to access the ballot, according to a report released Aug. 4 by Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The report, released in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, highlights how the law has impacted Asian Americans’ ability to access the […]

OBITUARY: Anthony (Tony) Matsuda

MATSUDA, ANTHONY (TONY), 90, born May 11, 1925, passed away peacefully at home on July 19, 2015 with many of his family members by his side. He was a social worker for the City for over 30 years as well as a part time professor at USF. He had a great passion for reading any […]

OBITUARY: Taiko Hashimoto

HASHIMOTO, TAIKO, 81, born Sept. 1, 1933 and passed away June 20, 2015. After a lengthy battle with dementia, Taiko passed away peacefully holding her daughter’s (Jane) hand. Sons, Ray and Richard were also with her. Taiko is predeceased by her husband, Harry and sister, Sachiko (Ernest).  She is survived by her dearly beloved daughter […]

OBITUARY: Stanley Tadao Aoyagi

AOYAGI, STANLEY TADAO, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Belmont, California, on May 23, 2015. Born to Yoshitoshi and Shigeo Aoyagi in San Diego, California, on July 26, 1925, Stanley’s early years were filled with love and some challenges as his parents worked to make ends meet to provide for him and his […]

THE KAERU KID: On the silk road in Uzbekistan

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth part of a series. I have had the most exciting discoveries many times when it was least expected. On the other hand, many places that I’ve looked forward to visiting and read about extensively were disappointing because I had built up an image that was difficult to achieve in person. Uzbekistan […]

Not Japanese Enough? Miss Universe Japan looks to fight prejudice

TOKYO — At first glance, Ariana Miyamoto might not be instantly recognized as a Japanese woman. But the 21-year-old model and former bartender — who in March became the first mixed-race contestant to be crowned “Miss Universe Japan” — was born and raised in Japan, and Japanese is her native language. But because of her […]

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