Archives for June 2020

OBITUARY: Terri Higa

Terri Higa HIGA, TERRI, 64, Hawaii-born yonsei resident of Foster City, passed away suddenly May 5, 2020. Founder of Higa Automotive, Terri was a beloved mechanic to the Bay area API community for decades. A pioneer and leader in API LGBTQ organizations O-Musubi, APLBN and APIQWTC among others, Terri was a key participant in JACL’s […]

THROUGH YONSEI EYES: DEAR ASIAN AMERICANS: An open letter and guide-in-progress on being a productive ally to African Americans by a devastated and outraged Asian American

Are you also devastated and outraged? You should be. That’s just the start. So, what’s next? How can the Asian American community mobilize to be productive and supportive to the Black community right now? I’m not claiming to be a perfect ally/activist, or that this is the definitive guide to being an ally in 2020, […]

Efforts to support S.F.’s Japantown underway

San Francisco Japantown community leaders gathered May 27 for an online town hall meeting via the Zoom video chat application. Several organizations outlined their efforts to help Japantown through grants and programs designed to either aid small businesses and nonprofits, or attract customers to the ethnic enclave once shelter-in-place restrictions are relaxed. “A lot of […]

Japantown’s Peace Plaza — A chance to heal

Shattered tiles, forced removal and broken promises. To those unfamiliar with San Francisco Japantown, some might think that the Peace Plaza is just another open space in the city. But the cold, hardscape of the current design, is an unremarkable feature of a neighborhood that has never truly healed from the tragic history surrounding the […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: The power of the immune system

生 (Sei) means “life.” The bottom of this character indicates soil and above it is a bud or a sprout. 命 (Mei or inochi) means “life.” The top line represents a person. Beneath the person is “one.” Beneath this indicates “beating.” Collectively, the person’s heartbeat helps them to live. 力 (Ryoku, chikara) means power, which […]

Groups condemn death of George Floyd, call for systemic change

Asian American organizations have issued statements condemning the May 25 death of George Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis, Minn. Floyd was arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 to pay at a store. News outlets have reported that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. Floyd, who […]

OBITUARY: Mary Hosokawa Takai

Mary Hosokawa Takai TAKAI, MARY passed away peacefully on May 16, 2020 with her family by her side. She was 97 years old and a resident of Pacheco, CA. Devoted wife for sixty years of the late Lt. Col Roy T. Takai, she was the beloved mother to five children, seven grandchildren and two great […]

Family of man who died from COVID-19 files suit against cruise ship lines

The family of a San Francisco man who died from the novel coronavirus is suing both Carnival and Princess cruise ship lines, alleging the companies intentionally hid knowledge that passengers and crewmembers had become infected by COVID-19 and did nothing to prevent the virus from spreading onboard the Grand Princess ship. The suit has been […]

Court upholds DOD finding that Okinawa air base won’t harm endangered dugong

A federal appeals court in San Francisco on May 6 upheld a U.S. Department of Defense finding that construction of a Marine Corps airbase on the Japanese island of Okinawa would not harm the dugong, an endangered sea mammal revered by the Okinawan people. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a lawsuit […]

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