Supervisor proposes resolution to maintain ferry service to Angel Island as operator seeks to end it

With the Blue & Gold Fleet possibly ending its ferry service from San Francisco to Angel Island, Supervisor Gordon Mar on May 4 called for a resolution supporting continued service to the island to honor the estimated one million immigrants who were once detained there. Blue & Gold Fleet announced in December that it was […]

Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks

NEW YORK — Medical student Natty Jumreornvong has a vaccine and protective gear to shield her from the coronavirus. But she couldn’t avoid exposure to the anti-Asian bigotry that pulsed to the surface after the pathogen was first identified in China. Psychiatry patients have called her by a racist slur for the disease, she said. […]

Man charged with stabbing 2 Asian women pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO  — A man charged with stabbing two women of Asian descent at a San Francisco bus stop last week pleaded not guilty May 10. A handcuffed Patrick Thompson, 54, was silent during the short court hearing. Public defender Eric Fleischaker entered the not-guilty plea on his behalf to charges of attempted murder, assault […]

Asian American business leaders seek to fight discrimination

Asian American business leaders are launching a foundation to challenge discrimination through what they call the largest philanthropic commitment in history by Asian Americans geared to support members of their own community. The Asian American Foundation, which announced its launch on May 3, said it has raised $125 million from its board members to support […]

Spicy miso chicken スパイシー味噌チキン

Love a good, easy appetizer recipe? Sweet and savory with a good dose of spice, these tulip-shaped chicken drumettes with a spicy miso dipping sauce are a party favorite. My husband and I were talking about what chicken drumettes recipe I could make for our next dinner since our children love drumettes. Then he said […]

OBITUARY: Hisao B. Yoko

Hisao B. Yoko Feb. 28, 1926 – April 9, 2021 YOKO, HISAO B. of Fremont, CA. was born on February 28, 1926 in Wakayama, Japan. He passed away peacefully in his home on April 9, 2021. He was the owner of Yoko Nursery in Fremont, CA., raising carnations. His many interests were floral arrangements, vegetable […]

Spreading love through origami hearts

In light of the recent anti-Asian incidents that have occurred across the nation, Linda Mihara created the “Hearts for Love” campaign to spread positivity. Aiming to fold 1,000 origami hearts, the origami expert was inspired by the Japanese legend that says the gods will grant a wish to the person who folds 1,000 origami cranes. […]

Documentaries take on Pat Morita and the samurai

Two recent documentaries available over streaming services capture very opposite ends of the spectrum of Japanese and Japanese American culture. The first is “More than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story,” which expands the limited image most people have of the actor. Mention Pat Morita, and almost everyone will say “Mr. Miyagi,” or perhaps, the iconic […]

CHANGING LANDSCAPES: How to build a raised garden bed for growing your own vegetables at home

Over the past year as the pandemic caused stay-at-home orders across the country, I found myself tinkering in the yard to update things that had been neglected or were in need of improvements. One such project was to rebuild the raised vegetable garden beds, which were in need of a refresh after years of use […]

Filoli estate’s ties to the Japanese American experience

The Filoli Historic House and Garden is beautiful year-round, but spring — with its flowering cherry blossoms, wisterias, peonies and azaleas — attracts the most visitors each year. The estate in the San Mateo County town of Woodside, Calif., a Georgian-style house with an attached garden covering 16 acres of the 654-acre property, has a […]

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