Archives for May 2021

Suehiro Café receives grant from Preservation Program

LOS ANGELES — Suehiro Café, founded in 1972 in Little Tokyo, is one of 25 small restaurants nationwide that was awarded a special grant earlier this month as part of a collaborative effort of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express through their Backing Historic Small Restaurants program to help those businesses improve, […]

While COVID closes many Little Tokyo businesses, some are surviving

LOS ANGELES — Little Tokyo businesses faced many challenges the past year as COVID-19 forced a number of small establishments to close, but some shops like Mitsuru Sushi & Grill managed to survive, and a few like Bunkado even thrived. Mamoru Hanamure, owner of Mitsuru, revealed that he was stressed during the pandemic because of […]

Japanese American Museum of Oregon says ‘Tadaima’

On May 5, 1942, more than 2,400 members of Oregon’s Japanese American community were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated in the Portland Assembly Center, the first stop on their way to the Minidoka concentration camp in southern Idaho. On May 6, 1942, General John DeWitt declared Portland the first major city on the […]

Fighting to stay in place: Japanese Art & Culture Center staves off eviction

The Japanese Arts & Culture Center in San Jose, Calif. is lauded by students and instructors alike for its Zen approach to teaching Japanese culture in the Silicon Valley. But the coronavirus pandemic has left the organization, which opened in 2010 in the Strawberry Park Shopping Center behind the Mitsuwa Marketplace, in dire straits. Like […]

California lawmakers seek $200 million to fight hate crimes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers said May 12 that they are seeking $200 million over the next three years to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans that have increased since the coronavirus entered the U.S. after originating in China. More than half of the money would go for grants to nonprofit and community groups that […]

Racist attacks revive Asian American studies program demand

As Dartmouth College sophomore Nicholas Sugiarto flipped through the course catalog last semester, two words caught his eye: “Asian American.” The 19-year-old Chinese Indonesian American didn’t know Asian American-focused classes were even an option at the Hanover, New Hampshire, campus. The biomedical-engineering major ended up enrolling in “Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature” and […]

Suit alleging admissions discrimination moves forward in Va.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal judge ruled May 21 that a parents’ group can move forward with a lawsuit alleging that new admissions policies at an elite public high school in northern Virginia discriminate against Asian Americans. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was rated the best public high school in the country […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Good enough to make you cry

If you chop or slice onions often enough, you’ll eventually get “immune” to the effects of syn-propanethial-S-oxide, which causes your lacrimal glands to produce tears to flush this irritant. Or maybe it’s simply because I tend to purchase local sweet onions, including Maui onions, which tend to be lower in sulfur (the “thiol” part of […]

U.S. warns against travel to Japan with Olympics just 2 months away

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department on May 24 advised its citizens not to visit Japan due to a surge in coronavirus cases, raising its travel alert to the highest level of 4 just two months before the start of the Tokyo Olympics. Although the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee played down concerns that the […]

S.F. District Attorney holds summit to address anti-AAPI violence

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin hosted a virtual summit on May 14 highlighting the rash of violence and racism against the Asian American Pacific Islander community and discussing solutions to it. The summit featured two panels of community activists within the San Francisco’s AAPI community and a discussion between Boudin and California Supreme Court […]

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