Archives for 2019

San Jose man arraigned in purse snatch robbery with all Asian victims

SAN JOSE — A 26-year-old man who was arrested May 11 after being caught on camera allegedly robbing and dragging a woman and her young daughter down a flight of stairs in San Jose was arraigned in Santa Clara County court May 15. Pablo Cabrera has been charged with five counts of strong-arm robbery and […]

Journalist considered ‘possible co-conspirator’ in theft of police report

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott on May 21 said a freelance journalist who was handcuffed for six hours while police raided his home and office is being considered by investigators as a possible co-conspirator in the theft of a leaked police report. Freelance stringer journalist Bryan Carmody has been accused by police of unlawfully […]

Berkeley resident has measles, Berkeley public health confirmsBay City News

BERKELEY, Calif. — The city of Berkeley announced May 17 that a resident has contracted measles. While the person is no longer contagious, city officials have advised anyone who visited Berkeley Bowl at 2020 Oregon St. May 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. who is not immune to look for the first stage of […]

S.F. Supervisors vote to approve ‘Jeff Adachi Way’

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 14 unanimously passed a resolution to rename Gilbert Street to Jeff Adachi Way. Gilbert Street, located between Brannan and Bryant streets, runs parallel to Sixth and Seventh streets and is directly behind the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. The resolution, introduced by Supervisor Matt Haney, calls for […]

Annual concentration camp pilgrimage salient to politics 50 years on

LOS ANGELES — After being expelled from university for “inciting a riot,” fighting for African Americans’ civil rights and protesting the Vietnam War, Warren Furutani decided it was time to galvanize a Japanese American community which had experienced mass incarceration two decades earlier. Just 22 years old at the time of the first pilgrimage to […]

Donation page at nearly $240K for girl in critical condition after alleged hate crime

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — A GoFundMe donation page has raised more than $613,000 for a 13-year-old girl in critical condition after being targeted by a driver in an alleged hate crime April 23 in Sunnyvale. The girl is a seventh-grader at Sunnyvale Middle School and was walking home from the library with her father and brother […]

Name of Burnett Middle School to change amid claims of racism; ‘Korematsu’ one of seven finalists

SAN JOSE — Burnett Middle School in San Jose will vote to change its name this week following a controversy over its current namesake, Peter Burnett, who championed racist policies as the first governor of California from 1849 to 1851. Community members began the process of removing Burnett’s name from the school in February, citing […]

Author reveals the story of Japan’s first foreign-born samurai

LONDON — The epic tale of Japan’s first foreign-born samurai is soon to hit bookshelves, giving readers a comprehensive picture of a man who witnessed great moments of history but whose story has largely been overlooked in official accounts. He was an African bodyguard who came to Japan with the Jesuits in 1579 and later […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Symposium to address Japanese American community’s fractures

I am excited about a program that is being presented at the Presidio as part of the “Then They Came For Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties” exhibit, which features pictures of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. If you don’t know about this exhibit, or […]

A brief history of Japanese American basketball in the Bay Area

First QuarterUnlike baseball, which was introduced to Japan by the United States in 1873 and played by the immigrant Issei, Japanese American basketball was a predominantly Nisei sport and truly a Japanese American phenomenon. Basketball in the Japanese American community started gaining popularity in the 1920s with recreational teams forming wherever there were significant numbers […]

Kyplex Cloud Security Seal - Click for Verification