Councilman calls for downtown Los Angeles intersection to be named Rose Ochi Square

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Kevin de Leon introduced a motion Jan. 13 to name a downtown intersection after Takayo “Rose” Matsui Ochi, a civil rights activist, attorney and the first Asian American woman to serve on the Los Angeles Police Commission. The motion, which was seconded by Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, calls for the intersection […]

Kamei elected mayor of Mountain View

Ellen Kamei, who was elected to the Mountain View City Council in 2018 and served as vice mayor to Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga in 2020, was elected by her colleagues to succeed Abe-Koga as the South Bay city’s mayor on Jan. 12. Lucas Ramirez was elected as vice mayor. “I am honored to serve as your […]

VP Harris: A new chapter opens in U.S. politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Jan. 20 that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation’s second-highest office. Harris was sworn in as the first female U.S. vice president — and the first Black woman […]

NJ Rep. Kim helps clean up Capitol after riot

Water bottles, clothing, Trump flags, even a U.S. flag littered the ground inside the U.S. Capitol after a mob backing President Donald Trump ransacked the building. New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim walked amid the mess shortly after voting to certify Joe Biden’s victory over Trump — and felt the weight of the day wearing on […]

Supe, Japantown leaders call for vandalized cherry blossom trees to be replaced

A week after cherry blossom trees in San Francisco’s Japantown were found vandalized, Supervisor Dean Preston and leaders from the city’s Japanese community on Jan. 12 called for the trees to be replaced. On Jan. 5, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California took to Facebook to report that two trees outside their […]

Racism targets Asian food, business during COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus spread throughout the U.S., bigotry toward Asian Americans was not far behind, fueled by the news that COVID-19 first appeared in China. Some initial evidence suggested the virus began in bats, which infected another animal that may have spread it to people at one of Wuhan, China’s “wet markets.” Such markets sell […]

Community and political activist Georgette Imura dies

She may have been diminutive, and lacked a college degree like many in the halls of the California State Capitol, but Georgette Imura nonetheless fought fearlessly for Asian Pacific American representation, mentoring hundreds along the way. In the end, only the dreaded disease of lung cancer would keep the Sansei community and political activist from […]

Judy Yung, who documented Angel Island history, dies

Judy Yung, an emerita professor of American studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz whose work helped to document the history of Asian immigration at the former Angel Island Immigration Station and Chinese and Chinese American women, died Dec. 14, 2020, the university Website noted. She was 74. Yung was the co-author with […]

How the Asian Pacific Environment Network built trust through decades of organizing

A few years ago, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), a Bay Area environmental justice organization focusing on Asian immigrant and refugee communities, set aside 20 percent of staff time to address emergency situations. That paid off when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Network staff launched an information campaign, calling members to disseminate accurate information and […]

Ferry service to Angel Island from SF may end due to declining sales

Blue and Gold Fleet service from San Francisco to Angel Island may end due to declining sales, a company spokeswoman said Dec. 18. In September, the company filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission to discontinue service, raising concerns at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, which aims to make people more aware […]

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