Archives for 2021

Berkeley man arrested for ‘threatening and hateful’ social media posts

OAKLAND, Calif. — A Berkeley man was arrested Feb. 22 in connection with criminal threats made on social media that were investigated as a hate crime, Oakland police said. “Investigators received information from a media partner regarding the disturbing remarks towards members of the Asian community,” the department said in a news release. “OPD investigators […]

Morikawa plays a steady hand to win Workday Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. — The plan was for PGA champion Collin Morikawa to wear a red shirt with his black pants Feb. 28 to show support for Tiger Woods as he recovers from career-threatening leg injuries from a car crash. The clothes shipped to him never arrived, so Morikawa did the next best thing at the […]

In ‘Minari,’ harvesting an American dream

NEW YORK (AP) — The riverbed, more than anything else, needed to be exactly right. In Lee Isaac Chung’s Arkansas-set family drama, “Minari,” land is something more than a setting. It’s a future. It’s a dream. Jacob Yi (Steven Yeun) has moved his family to a wide-open Arkansas plot to farm the land and, hopefully, […]

Osaka wins Australian, stays perfect in Slam finals

MELBOURNE, Australia — As Naomi Osaka strode through the Champion’s Walk leading to the court for the Australian Open final — headphones on her ears, racket bag strapped to her back — she reached out her left hand to tap a panel marked with her name and the year of her previous title there. Not […]

Jeremy Lin experienced racism on court

Warriors G League guard Jeremy Lin shared on social media that he experienced an act of racism on the court. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he will support Lin and denounced any discriminatory act that caused Lin to speak out about racism targeting Asian Americans. In a heartfelt social media post, Lin didn’t go […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: TOSHI SEEGER’S ARTFUL LIFE: From folk music and film producer to organizer

Toshi Ohta Seeger was a remarkable Nisei who collaborated with her longtime husband Pete Seeger in his musical career and support for progressive causes. However, both because she was an Asian American woman, and because she preferred to shun the spotlight and work in the background, she has not historically received the attention she was […]

LA police probe fire, vandalism at Japanese Buddhist temple

LOS ANGELES  — Authorities are investigating a vandalism and fire at a Buddhist temple in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Surveillance video caught a man jumping the security fences at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple on the night of Feb. 25, smashing a 12-foot-high glass window with a rock, yanking a pair […]

State funds approved to help remedy rise in violence against Asian Americans

Following an uptick in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans throughout the Bay Area, the California Legislature on Feb. 22 approved $1.4 million in funding to go toward tracking cases in an effort to ultimately stop them. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly a year ago, an uptick in racist and xenophobic attacks against […]

OBITUARY: Ronald Kenji Hitomi

Ronald Kenji Hitomi April 4, 1928 – Feb. 14, 2021   Sacramento, California – HITOMI, RONALD KENJI passed peacefully away of natural causes on February 14 at 7:30 AM. Ron is survived by his devoted wife Grace, sons Kevin and Brian, daughter-in-law Helen, granddaughter Nicole, stepsons Chris and Dan. He has many nieces, nephews, and […]

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 […]

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