Archives for 2021

JACS grant update and request for help

The Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant program (Public Law 109-441) was established to preserve and interpret the United States confinement sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II (WWII). The grants have helped to educate the public about how and why those confinement sites were established. As we approach the end of […]

Mixed Asian creators and stories on center stage

With the demographic of mixed and multiracial Asians growing, and the push to see ever-greater diversity and inclusion in the media, mixed Asians have finally begun making their way onto the screen. But in what way? As what kind of characters? All too often, the limited roles for mixed Asians have consisted of the pretty […]

OBITUARY: Kiyomi Harada

Kiyomi Harada July 3, 1936 – Aug. 22, 2021 HARADA, KIYOMI passed away peacefully on August 22, 2021, at home surrounded by family. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, she moved to San Francisco in the late 1960s. She enjoyed and taught traditional Japanese arts, such as shamisen, nihon buyo and minyo in the Bay Area. She […]

Man charged in anti-Asian rant against Olympic athlete

ORANGE, Calif. — Prosecutors filed a hate crime charge against a 26-year-old man Sept. 24 in connection with an anti-Asian rant targeted at a Japanese American Olympic athlete in Southern California earlier this year. The defendant, Michael Orlando Vivona, was previously charged with attacking an elderly Asian couple while they took a walk in the […]

New Asian American bakeries find bicultural sweet spot

OAKLAND, Calif. — For some Asian Americans, the dim sum cookie at Sunday Bakeshop here will taste like childhood. It looks like a typical sugar cookie except with sesame seeds on top. But bite into the creamy, red bean center and it’s reminiscent of the fried, filled sesame balls served at a Chinese dim sum […]

City slows down process to pursue S.F. Japantown hotel for permanent housing

As pressure from San Francisco Japantown community members mounts, the city has emphasized its intent to slow down the proposal to purchase the Kimpton Buchanan Hotel at 1800 Sutter St. introduced mid-August, while the city supervisor whose district includes the ethnic enclave proposed two other hotels to purchase. San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive […]

Public statement by the Japantown community regarding the proposed purchase of the Hotel Buchanan by the City and County of San Francisco

This statement is a demand that the Hotel Buchanan be removed from further consideration of City acquisition. Many have tried to paint this as a Japantown vs. the unhoused issue, or just another not-in-my-backyard reaction. It is an age-old tactic to pit vulnerable communities against one another. We will not be used. San Franciscans pride […]

Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ jabs, flips Asian American film cliches

LOS ANGELES — Like a lot of Asian actors, Simu Liu has played the nameless guy who can do martial arts but inevitably loses out to a more skilled white guy. It was one of his very first stunt jobs. “Yeah, I took my paycheck and I went home. I didn’t really complain about it,” […]

Young Sikhs still struggle with post-Sept. 11 discrimination

MESA, Ariz. — Sikh entrepreneur Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed at his Arizona gas station four days after the Sept. 11 attacks by a man who declared he was “going to go out and shoot some towel-heads” and mistook him for an Arab Muslim. Young Sikh Americans still struggle a generation later with the discrimination […]

AG Bonta meets with city leaders for 1st of several statewide discussions to prevent hate crimes

California Attorney General Rob Bonta met with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Police Chief Bill Scott, and community leaders on Sept. 9 in the city’s Visitacion Valley to have a discussion on hate crimes. The event was the first in a series of roundtable discussions being held by Bonta with leaders throughout the state, focusing […]

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