THE HEART OF KANJI: Universal arrangement

天地 (Tenchi) means “Heaven and Earth.” The first character’s top line represents the sky and the line below represents a large person. The second character’s left side represents land and the right side represents a snake. 繰り合 (Kuriawase) means “arrangement.” The first character’s left side represents a string. The top lines of the right side […]

Haunted by Half Moon Bay mass shootings, Chinese farmworkers search for a way back

Mr. Huang lives in a modest, one-bedroom apartment just off Highway 1 a few miles outside the city of Half Moon Bay. Originally from Hong Kong, he stands at the front door to welcome the coterie of support providers arriving for one of their regular visits. Before January, Huang and a handful of other Chinese […]

Japanese American Citizens League joins Save Our Seniors Network to support Rep. Judy Chu’s call for an investigation of Kei-Ai Los Angeles

The Japanese American Citizens League joins the call for a complete and thorough investigation and oversight of Kei-Ai Los Angeles due to the disproportionate mortality rate resulting in 115 deaths largely occurring between November 2020 and May 2021. Rep. Judy Chu initiated the calls for an investigation with a letter sent to the Centers for […]

Santa Clara Co.: Sheriff’s office denies forcibly removing arrested woman’s hijab

The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office denied Aug. 5 that one of its deputies forcibly removed a hijab of a Muslim woman that was arrested and booked in a Milpitas correctional facility. The statement came days after the Council on American-Islamic Relations in the Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) said the Muslim woman, Asia Aden, had her hijab […]

Marin Co.: Muslim civil rights group condemns racist flyers left on driveways

The nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization has condemned the recent distribution of flyers containing racist and antisemitic language in North Bay cities. The flyers were left on residents’ driveways in Larkspur and Corte Madera on July 30, according to the Central Marin Police Authority. Zahra Billoo, the executive director of the San […]

Listening is essential: In memory of Rev. LaVerne Sasaki

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by BCA Wheel of Dharma. I first met Rev. LaVerne Senyo Sasaki when I was a junior or senior in high school. When I was in high school, our Jr. YBA from Ontario, Oregon, took a trip to visit YBA groups and temples in California. We stayed overnight […]

SF: Alleged assault on elderly woman result of insufficient mental health supports, advocates say

For the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the arrest and charging of a man accused of severely assaulting an 88-year-old woman July 14 is another example of an Asian hate crime in a city run amok with crime. For the defendant’s lawyers and advocates, he represents what happens when people with little resources seek help […]

Has anti-Asian hate crime really decreased?

A new report from the California Department of Justice notes that hate crimes against Asian Americans have dramatically dropped since last year. But civil rights advocates say the data does not accurately reflect the threats the community continues to face. Hate crimes against Asian Americans dropped by 43% in 2022 in California, according to a […]

Fans of martial arts legend Bruce Lee fondly remember his life philosophy 50 years after his death

HONG KONG — Fans of late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, who broke negative stereotypes around Asian men in films, gathered in Hong Kong recently to commemorate their idol’s death half a century ago, remembering his legacy and his life philosophy on persistence. Lee, who was born in San Francisco but raised in the Asian […]

LAPD report shows 15% increase in hate crimes in 2022

LOS ANGELES — Hate crimes in Los Angeles rose by 15% in 2022, according to a report shared by the Los Angeles Police Department July 25, which attributed the increase to expanded outreach efforts that encourage the city’s most vulnerable communities to report such crimes. The department’s analysis revealed 701 hate crimes and hate incidents […]