Archives for February 2021

Japan braces for aftershocks as M7.3 quake injures over 150

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Japan’s northeastern region braced for aftershocks Feb. 14 following an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 overnight that injured more than 150 people, cut power and water, and disrupted bullet train services, with some residents looking weary as they tidied up the mess in their homes and shops. No deaths were attributed to the […]

Oakland and SF communities rally for unity after attacks on Asian Americans

Community organizers in Oakland and San Francisco rallied for unity over the weekend, after a surge of violence in recent weeks against Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Oakland’s Chinatown, where Lunar New Year was being celebrated Feb. 13, has been a particular hotspot for incidents. On Jan. 31, a 91-year-old was sent to the […]

Meet the Sansei researcher exploring the intergenerational impacts of Japanese American incarceration

Editor’s Note: This interview was originally posted at Once a taboo topic, the impacts of WWII incarceration on Japanese Americans who lived through it are well-documented and widely acknowledged today. Donna K. Nagata, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan and the daughter of camp survivors, started studying these impacts in the early […]

COVID-19 vaccines questions & answers

Q. Doesn’t the vaccines ave side effects? Is it dangerous? A. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, about as safe as any other vaccine and much safer than almost all common medicine. There can be some minor side effects after vaccination, such as a mild fever or sore arm. Mild symptoms are normal and a sign that […]

Attacks on older Asians stoke fear as Lunar New Year begins

OAKLAND, Calif.  — Police have stepped up their patrols and volunteers are increasing their street presence after several violent attacks on older Asians stoked fear in San Francisco Bay Area Chinatowns and subdued the celebratory mood leading up to Lunar New Year. City officials also have visited Chinatowns in San Francisco and Oakland this week […]

Oakland: Money coming to help rebuild Vietnamese community center damaged in fire

OAKLAND, Calif. — Money is coming to rebuild a cultural community center in Oakland that was badly damaged in an early morning fire Feb. 6. Nearly $110,000 had been raised as of Feb. 17 to rebuild the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay, which provides, among other services, 30,000 to 40,000 meals a […]

Hello, ‘Farewell,’ AGAIN: Reflections on reintroducing ‘Farewell to Manzanar’ to the public

On March 11, 1976 the world television presentation of “Farewell to Manzanar” was broadcasted to a national audience. Then in February 2001, the film was reintroduced to the public in a number of private screenings to commemorate Day of Remembrance events in California. Now another 20 years later, the film is being presented Feb. 21 […]

Film dives into the life of iconic researcher and activist Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga

Filmmaker Janice Tanaka realized that, despite Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga’s profound impact on U.S. history, there were no films focused specifically on the Nisei activist and researcher. However, a family connection and a unique funding opportunity enabled her to produce “Rebel With a Cause: The Life of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga” (2016), a tribute to Herzig Yoshinaga’s […]

Police chief credits united response in finding abducted children

A major cooperative effort resulted successful in the recovery of two children who were abducted in a vehicle stolen while their father was making a food delivery the night of Feb. 6, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said at a news conference the afternoon of Feb. 7. The Honda Odyssey, with the children inside, […]

Justice Department drops Yale admissions discrimination suit

WASHINGTON — In another reversal of Trump-era policy, the Biden administration on Feb. 3 dropped its discrimination lawsuit against Yale University that alleged the Ivy League school was illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants. Federal prosecutors said the Justice Department’s underlying investigation, aimed at ensuring Yale complies with federal anti-discrimination laws, continues. The […]

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