Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON — The Senate on April 22 overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step toward legislating in a chamber where most of President Joe Biden’s agenda has stalled. The […]

Tips for navigating Japanese learning online

Learning Japanese is hard. Unlike English there are multiple alphabets plus character sets. Online learning can make what would normally be challenging seem overwhelming. Don’t despair, a few tips gleaned from experience can reduce the stress of learning Japanese. The default technology, Zoom, is far from a friction free learning environment. Let’s start by taking […]

eBay auction of Japanese American incarceration art pulled after protest

LOS ANGELES — The auction of a series of sketches purportedly drawn by an artist at the Japanese American concentration camp at Manzanar was canceled April 6 after groups protested it was offensive and immoral to profit off the misery of incarcerated people. The auction was halted by eBay hours before it was to conclude […]

Asian neighbors pen letter of fear to Ohio’s lieutenant gov

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dozens of Asian American residents of the suburb that Ohio’s Republican lieutenant governor calls home penned a letter to him March 31 citing their concerns over a tweet he sent referring to the “Wuhan virus” and the fears they have for the safety of their children because of such comments. “Lt. Governor […]

New video shows suspect being beat by multiple assailants moments before attacking elderly Asians

New video released April 7 by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office shows a man getting brutally beat by a group of people in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood — just moments before he then himself attacks two elderly Asian victims unprovoked. Steven Jenkins, 39, is accused of attacking 83-year-old Ngoc Pham and 75-year-old Xiao Zhen […]

S.F. school board member sues over tweet response

The former vice president of San Francisco’s school board is suing the district and her colleagues after they voted to strip her of the position because of tweets she wrote in 2016 that said Asian Americans used “white supremacist” thinking. Alison Collins filed the lawsuit April 7 in federal court, alleging violation of her constitutional […]

Supervisors’ hearing on crime against Asians reveals need for citywide victims services, crime prevention plan

San Francisco supervisors Connie Chan and Gordon Mar on April 8 called to strengthen their victim support and violence prevention strategies amid an uptick of racist attacks against Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The request comes after a April 8 hearing at the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee regarding crime and […]

53-year-old Asian man stabbed and robbed in S.F. April 10

A 53-year-old Asian man was stabbed multiple times during a robbery late April 10 on Exeter Street in San Francisco, police said. San Francisco police officers from Bayview Station responded to a report of robbery and aggravated assault at about 10:30 p.m. April 10, police said. After receiving medical aid, the victim told police a […]

Doormen fired for failing to intervene in anti-Asian attack

NEW YORK (AP) —- Two New York City apartment building workers have been fired for failing to help an Asian American woman as she was being violently attacked on the sidewalk outside, the building’s management company said April 6. Surveillance video of the March 29 attack near Times Square showed that the doormen didn’t step […]

Man charged with throwing rocks at Asian woman, child in car

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been charged with throwing rocks at an Asian woman and her 6-year-old son as they drove down the street last month, authorities said April 5. It comes as violence against Asian Americans across the country has ramped up in the last year, including several high-profile attacks […]

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