Archives for June 2021

SamTrans featuring anti-racism artwork on buses, shelters

SamTrans launched a series of anti-racism artwork the first week of June that is being displayed on the transit agency’s buses and shelters around San Mateo County. Calling it an “effort to show its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion” following increasing numbers of hate crime attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, […]

Man charged with hate crime for threats against Asian postal worker

DALY CITY, Calif. — A 26-year-old Oakland man has been charged for an alleged hate crime in Daly City against a U.S. Postal Service worker who is an Asian American, San Mateo County prosecutors said June 8. Lamont Demetrius West Verdon was charged with making criminal threats with a hate crime enhancement as well as […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: As you understand death, you understand life

æ­» (Shi) means “death.” The left character represents a bone and the right represents a person who is buried beneath the ground. 知る (Shiru) means “knowledge.” The left side indicates an arrow and the right indicates a mouth. Together, a person can talk quickly and expertly when they have great knowledge. 生 (Sei) means “life.” […]

Ohtani hitless, kept off mound by Bay Area traffic

OAKLAND, Calif. (Kyodo) — Shohei Ohtani batted second as the team’s designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with a walk instead of pitching in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-0 defeat to the Oakland Athletics on May 27, after being forced to take public transportation to Oakland Coliseum. Ohtani was not scheduled to hit and his pitching […]

OBITUARY: Kazuko Tsuchiya

Kazuko Tsuchiya Sept. 23, 1934 – April 13, 2021 TSUCHIYA, KAZUKO passed away on April 23, 2021 at the age of 86. She was born in Japan and completed her undergraduate study in economics at Aoyama Gakuen University in Tokyo. She came to the U.S. in 1957 with a plan to extend her study in […]

California’s first Gen-Z legislator brings progressive priorities to Assembly

When he isn’t in Sacramento, Assemblyman Alex Lee still lives with his mom in North San Jose, something he said he refuses to be ashamed of. “There are people that … like to make fun of me about but I’m like ‘look, this is the reality of probably your kids too,’” Lee, 25, said in […]

Pelosi, Asian American community leaders highlight passage of federal COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leaders in San Francisco’s Asian American community held an event in Portsmouth Square on May 27 to highlight recently passed legislation intended to make it easier to report hate crimes against the Asian community. Rep. Grace Meng, D-New York, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawai‘i, introduced the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act […]

Calif. task force launches study of slave reparations

SAN FRANCISCO — A first-in-the-nation task force in California to study and recommend reparations for African Americans held its inaugural meeting June 1, launching a two-year process to address the harms of slavery and systemic racism despite the federal government’s inaction. The nine members of the task force, appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative […]

Sex trafficking ring defendant sentenced

One of the defendants in what state officials called “an organized crime sex trafficking ring operating across California” was sentenced May 26 to 10 years and 8 months in state prison, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced. Jing Chiang Huang was also ordered to pay $557,391 in restitution to the California Franchise Tax Board. Bonta […]

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