Court says ban on same-sex marriage constitutional

TOKYO — A Japanese court ruled June 20 that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated. The Osaka District Court ruling is the second decision on the issue, and disagrees with […]

Naomi Osaka, LeBron James team up for entertainment venture

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James and Naomi Osaka are becoming teammates in the entertainment world. Tennis star Osaka and her agent and business partner, Stuart Duguid, are forming a media company called Hana Kuma in partnership with The SpringHill Company, which was created by NBA star James and Maverick Carter. The June 21 announcement comes […]

Spy agencies’ focus on China could snare Chinese Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. intelligence agencies ramp up their efforts against China, top officials acknowledge they may also end up collecting more phone calls and emails from Chinese Americans, raising new concerns about spying affecting civil liberties. A new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence makes several recommendations, including expanding […]

Mentally ill Nikkei woman falls through the cracks multiple times

Fourteen years after the San Francisco Police Department shot a mentally ill woman who was having a schizo-affective episode, she was recently released from a hospital stay and has since settled into a “temporary” home. Her family, however, remains concerned about how she will live out the rest of her life after falling through the […]

Sonoma State president resigns amid sexual harassment scandal

Sonoma State University President Judy Sakaki announced June 7 that she’s resigning from the presidency effectively July 31. Her resignation follows faculty criticism for how she handled sexual harassment allegations by a former university administrator against her husband, Patrick McCallum. “Serving as Sonoma State President has truly been an honor. After thoughtful reflection and discussions […]

Cross-racial solidarity against racist violence: The legacy of Vincent Chin

Forty years ago, on the eve of his wedding, a young Chinese American named Vincent Chin was fatally beaten with a baseball bat on the streets of Detroit by two white men shouting anti-Asian slurs. The miscarriage of justice that followed – neither assailant served a day in jail for the crime – marked the […]

Chinatowns more vibrant after pandemic, anti-Asian violence

The last week of April was a whirlwind for San Francisco’s Chinatown. The storied neighborhood debuted the “AAPI Community Heroes Mural,” a mostly Black and white depiction of 12 mostly unsung Asian American and Pacific Islander figures on the wall of a bank. Three days later “Neon Was Never Brighter,” the first ever Chinatown contemporary […]

Clergy of color face unprecedented mental health challenges

About two years ago, when coronavirus cases began to peak in her impoverished San Antonio neighborhood, the Rev. Norma Fuentes-Quintero found herself taking on an additional duty — helping congregants deal with anxiety. The pastor, who leads El Templo Cristiano Assembly of God, which is largely Latino, has spent hours with one congregant in particular […]

U.S. naval officer in Japan faces prison over deadly crash

WASHINGTON — For Ridge Alkonis, a U.S. Navy lieutenant living in Japan, a springtime trip with his wife and three children to Mount Fuji was intended as fun and leisurely family time before an expected deployment. What happened next, and why, is a matter of dispute. But it gave rise to a three-year prison sentence. […]

Supreme Court ban on abortions will disproportionately harm communities of color

Almost two thirds of women seeking abortions come from communities of color, a data point often overlooked in the conversation around a woman’s right to choose. Last month, a leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Center appeared on the Website Politico. In the draft, Justice Samuel Alito wrote […]

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