Pasadena Buddhist Temple’s LGBTQ flag set on fire

PASADENA, Calif. — A rainbow flag at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple — a salute to the LGBTQ community — was set on fire and burned on April 24, according to Gregory Gibbs, the resident minister who is in his ninth year at the temple. Local artists made the hand-painted Progress Pride flag, which — measuring […]

Groups demand officials share information on Texas mall gunman’s motives

DALLAS (AP) — Members of several Texas groups representing people of color on May 15 demanded that authorities quickly acknowledge whether they believe the neo-Nazi who killed eight people at a Dallas-area mall over a week ago was racially motivated in choosing his victims. More than a week after the May 6 attack at the […]

Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of Tule Lake Committee v. FAA, et al.

Earlier this month, the Tule Lake Committee lost its appeal in Tule Lake Committee v. FAA, et al. The U.S. Ninth Circuit in San Francisco affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of the Committee’s lawsuit that sought to assert a Japanese American voice to preserve a site sacred to our community. The dismissal was a setback […]

Texas mall victims include several members from two families

DALLAS — The people killed in a shooting at a mall near Dallas include two elementary school-age sisters, a couple and their 3-year-old son, a young engineer and a security guard. The victims represent a multicultural cross-section of the area’s increasingly diverse suburbs. Cox Elementary School students Daniela and Sofia Mendoza, grades four and two, […]

SJ: Police arrest 3 East Bay men suspected in robberies targeting AAPI community

Three East Bay men have been arrested in connection with recent robberies targeting the Asian American-Pacific Islander community throughout the Bay Area, San Jose police said May 1. The trio, suspected in a string of armed and strong-arm robberies from December to February, were identified as 26-year-old Joel Contreras Barron of Antioch, 28-year-old Francisco Rincon […]

S.F.: Muni officials double down on intolerance for crimes on public transit

Muni officials have one message to people thinking about committing a crime on San Francisco’s public transit system — “you will be caught.” On April 25, city transportation officials hosted a Muni safety roundtable after a man was arrested and charged for allegedly throwing eggs and yelling racial slurs while riding a Muni bus. “We’re […]

California reparations panel OKs state apology, payments

OAKLAND, Calif. — California’s reparations task force voted May 6 to approve recommendations on how the state may compensate and apologize to Black residents for generations of harm caused by discriminatory policies. The nine-member committee, which first convened nearly two years ago, gave final approval at a meeting in Oakland to a hefty list of […]

SJ: Parks officials say 50 koi fish missing from Japanese Friendship Garden

Parks officials in San Jose said May 3 they are heartbroken after discovering that 50 koi fish were missing from the Japanese Friendship Garden. Parks officials said in a social media post that the theft of the colorful carp was reported to San Jose police. “The city is heartbroken at the disappearance of these beautiful […]

Securing the Seeds: Asian heirloom agriculture project needs help to cross the finish line

More than a decade ago, farmer Kristyn Leach found life-changing inspiration in the catalog for the Kitazawa Seed Company. Like countless other Asian American growers who have perused that catalog, she discovered rare seeds that called out to her, offering the promise of cultural connection through botanical stewardship. Unlike anyone else, however, she took that […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Responsible cooking

There is a wide range of efficiencies, depending on how you cook your meals, with electric coils at the lower end, gas cooktops being just slightly better, with halogen cooktops at the higher end and induction cooktops being the most efficient. They all have their pros and cons, often depending on how your local electric […]