Rally held Feb. 3 to save endangered marine mammal from U.S. base development

Activists were expected to rally Feb. 3 in San Francisco to protest the construction of a U.S. military base in Japan that they say threatens the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal. The protest was expected to take place outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where a hearing is set for a lawsuit challenging […]

Japanese American concentration camp survivors call for closure of immigrant detention centers on 78th anniversary of wartime incarceration

Members of San Francisco’s Japanese American community on Feb. 7 spoke about their experiences being incarcerated in camps during World War II, while standing in solidarity with present-day immigrants being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. Speaking at the National Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco’s Japantown to commemorate the incarceration of Japanese Americans in […]

Berkeley: UC removes name of racist John Boalt from law school

BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California at Berkeley announced Jan. 30 that it has removed from its law school the name of a man whose 19th century writing helped stoke anti-Chinese racism in the country. Boalt Hall, named after John Henry Boalt, has been the name of the main classroom wing at the UC […]

SF: Police arrest 2nd suspect connected to July Chinatown robbery that injured 2

San Francisco police on Jan. 24 announced that they had arrested a second suspect connected to a violent Chinatown robbery back in July that left two men injured. On Jan. 22, officers arrested 20-year-old Akeem Smith of Sacramento on suspicion of battery, assault, robbery and elder abuse. Smith was already being held in Alameda County […]

SF: Mayor announces new appointments to Fire Commission

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Jan. 15 announced a Superior Court judge and a fire prevention expert as the new appointments to the city’s Fire Commission. Judge Katherine Feinstein and Tony Rodriguez have been appointed to the commission by Breed, who also re-appointed Stephen Nakajo to a seat on the panel that meets twice […]

State High Court Justice Ming Chin announces retirement

California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin announced Jan. 15 that he plans to retire on Aug. 31 after nearly 25 years on the panel. The retirement will give Gov. Gavin Newsom the chance to make his first appointment to the seven-member court, which has its headquarters in San Francisco. Chin, 77, was the court’s first […]

Census 2020 is almost here: It could be the most empowering event of the year: Quick facts you need to know about the nation’s “self-portrait” and who should participate (everyone except very short-term visitors)

Editor’s Note: The following is part two of a two-part article on the U.S. Census Residents, not “citizens” Given the fact that the census results affect politics, there’s a hot debate in some quarters about whether the census should count just citizens or all residents. The Constitution is clear about that, Lowenthal said. “Congress has […]

Census 2020 is almost here: It could be the most empowering event of the year: Quick facts you need to know about the nation’s “self-portrait” and who should participate (everyone except very short-term visitors)

The 2020 census is this year’s most empowering and democratic event for the United States. As ordered by the U.S. Constitution, the census counts EVERYONE living in the country, no matter who they are: the undocumented, the transient, people living in remote areas or off the grid, foreign students and embassy personnel. The only people […]

Paul Miyamoto becomes state’s 1st Asian American sheriff elected into office

California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Jan. 8 swore in San Francisco’s 37th Sheriff Paul Miyamoto. Miyamoto’s inauguration marks the first time an Asia American has been elected to the sheriff’s office in the state of California. During his inauguration, Miyamoto, who has been with the Sheriff’s Department for over 23 years, stood alongside […]

Dr. Jerry Hiura, arts leader and dentist, dies

Dr. Jerrold Hiura, a San Jose Japantown dentist, leader in the arts community and co-founder of Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, passed away after battling late-stage esophageal cancer on Dec. 26, 2019. He was 72. Hiura was born in Chicago, and he moved with his family to the San Jose when he was seven. At the […]

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