Archives for 2020

Japanese American concentration camp survivors call for closure of immigrant detention centers on 78th anniversary of wartime incarceration

Members of San Francisco’s Japanese American community on Feb. 7 spoke about their experiences being incarcerated in camps during World War II, while standing in solidarity with present-day immigrants being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. Speaking at the National Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco’s Japantown to commemorate the incarceration of Japanese Americans in […]

Berkeley: UC removes name of racist John Boalt from law school

BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California at Berkeley announced Jan. 30 that it has removed from its law school the name of a man whose 19th century writing helped stoke anti-Chinese racism in the country. Boalt Hall, named after John Henry Boalt, has been the name of the main classroom wing at the UC […]

OBITUARY: Toyome “Terry” Nakanishi

Toyome “Terry” Nakanishi Dec. 27, 1921 – Feb. 4, 2020 NAKANISHI, TOYOME “TERRY”, 98, passed away on February 4, 2020 in Monterey, California. Terry was born on December 27, 1921 in Ucon, Idaho to Yano and Mohachi Uyeno. She was the third eldest child, with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Terry was a self-professed tomboy […]

OBITUARY: George Susumu Takamura

George Susumu Takamura Oct. 3, 1924 – Jan. 28, 2020 TAKAMURA, GEORGE SUSUMU, 95, was born in Honolulu, HI on October 3rd, 1924, and grew up in the Palolo Valley area of Oahu. He proudly served during WWII with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Infantry Battalion, and sustained a battle related injury on the front […]

WHEN ‘THEN’ MEETS ‘NOW’: Film examines bonds made in Crystal City camp, lessons for today

How is “now” — meaning the Trumpian era where government officials criminalize immigrants and asylum seekers from non-Aryan countries — connected to “then” — the World War II period when people of Japanese descent from the West Coast and Latin American countries were incarcerated in United States-style concentration camps? To find out, join three men […]

SF: Police arrest 2nd suspect connected to July Chinatown robbery that injured 2

San Francisco police on Jan. 24 announced that they had arrested a second suspect connected to a violent Chinatown robbery back in July that left two men injured. On Jan. 22, officers arrested 20-year-old Akeem Smith of Sacramento on suspicion of battery, assault, robbery and elder abuse. Smith was already being held in Alameda County […]

SF: Mayor announces new appointments to Fire Commission

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Jan. 15 announced a Superior Court judge and a fire prevention expert as the new appointments to the city’s Fire Commission. Judge Katherine Feinstein and Tony Rodriguez have been appointed to the commission by Breed, who also re-appointed Stephen Nakajo to a seat on the panel that meets twice […]

State High Court Justice Ming Chin announces retirement

California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin announced Jan. 15 that he plans to retire on Aug. 31 after nearly 25 years on the panel. The retirement will give Gov. Gavin Newsom the chance to make his first appointment to the seven-member court, which has its headquarters in San Francisco. Chin, 77, was the court’s first […]

Census 2020 is almost here: It could be the most empowering event of the year: Quick facts you need to know about the nation’s “self-portrait” and who should participate (everyone except very short-term visitors)

Editor’s Note: The following is part two of a two-part article on the U.S. Census Residents, not “citizens” Given the fact that the census results affect politics, there’s a hot debate in some quarters about whether the census should count just citizens or all residents. The Constitution is clear about that, Lowenthal said. “Congress has […]

OBITUARY: Barbara Midori Nakamoto

Barbara Midori Nakamoto Oct. 31, 1946 – Jan. 17, 2020 NAKAMOTO, BARBARA MIDORI, 73, passed away on Friday, January, 17th, after bravely fighting Alzheimer’s disease for over 8 years. Barbara was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in Berkeley, CA, after briefly residing in Nebraska. She graduated from Berkeley High School in 1965, and […]

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