Archives for July 2021

S.F. sees rise in shootings, aggravated assaults

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco saw an increase in shootings in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, and a slight uptick in aggravated assaults like those seen in viral videos that have drawn national attention, the city’s police chief said July 12. But retail robberies have declined despite brazen […]

OBITUARY: Allan Takashi Inouye

Allan Takashi Inouye Oct. 24, 1936 – May 26, 2021   INOUYE, ALLAN was born October 24, 1936, and passed away unexpectedly on May 26 2021, at the age of 84. At age 6, the family was relocated and interned during the war along with other families in Jerome, AR and Tule Lake, CA, from […]

Asian Americans cheer passage of Calif.’s $156 million fund to combat AAPI racism

Asian Americans cheered the July 12 passage of California’s API Equity Budget, a three-year $156 million initiative, which seeks to equip the AAPI community with resources to combat hate crimes. “This is historic and unprecedented. It is the outcome of many community-based organizations who rallied to get this support to find the best ways we […]

Why Tule Lake matters

In this post-Trump, post-Stephen Miller era where social media has brought to the fore the systemic racism that permeates U.S. society, it is time to see Tule Lake for what it was. Tule Lake had nothing to do with loyalty or disloyalty. That’s just government propaganda, perpetuated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). What […]

The Bay Area’s Japantowns adjust to the new normal

With California’s June 15 economic reopening, businesses across the San Francisco Bay Area have gained a new sense of normalcy. The recovery process has varied according to individual businesses, even among the region’s two Japantowns. A Mixed Bag of Results in San Francisco’s Japantown When Gov. Gavin Newsom announced bars could reopen May 6 with […]

J-Sei founders reflect on 50 years of the East Bay community institution

J-Sei, a Japanese American social service organization based out of Emeryville, Calif., celebrates its 50th anniversary this year amid the global coronavirus pandemic. As its headquarters reopens for in-person classes, the organization kicked off its milestone celebration via an online program June 18 entitled “Planting the Seeds: A Grassroots Approach to JA Community.” Founded by […]

Nembutsu: Roadtrip across America, pt. 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Last September, Rev. Ken Yamada, the former minister of Berkeley Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, and Rev. Jerry Hirano, minister of Salt Lake City Buddhist Temple, spent 36 days driving through the 48 contiguous states in an RV, racking up more than 13,000 miles. To view […]

Asian Americans lobby to name Navy ship for Filipino sailor

SAN FRANCISCO — Asian Americans, veterans and civilians in the U.S. and the Philippines are campaigning to name a Navy warship for a Filipino sailor who bravely rescued two crew members when their ship caught fire more than a century ago, earning him a prestigious and rare Medal of Honor. Supporters say naming a ship […]


Roy Murotsune Aug. 25, 1925 – May 28, 2021 MUROTSUNE, ROY was born in 1925 to Japanese Issei parents, Yasaburo and Shigeno, in the Berryessa area of San Jose. Their family sharecropped bell peppers and cabbage throughout the valley, unable to own land themselves due to California’s Alien Land Laws. He attended San Jose schools, […]

Calif. hate crime up 31% in 2020, led by anti-Black bias

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Hate crime in California surged 31% in 2020, fueled mainly by a big jump in crimes targeting Black people during a year that saw the worst racial strife in decades, according to an annual report released June 30 by the state’s attorney general. Overall hate crimes increased from 1,015 to 1,330 last […]

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