Attacks on older Asians stoke fear as Lunar New Year begins

OAKLAND, Calif.  — Police have stepped up their patrols and volunteers are increasing their street presence after several violent attacks on older Asians stoked fear in San Francisco Bay Area Chinatowns and subdued the celebratory mood leading up to Lunar New Year. City officials also have visited Chinatowns in San Francisco and Oakland this week […]

Oakland: Money coming to help rebuild Vietnamese community center damaged in fire

OAKLAND, Calif. — Money is coming to rebuild a cultural community center in Oakland that was badly damaged in an early morning fire Feb. 6. Nearly $110,000 had been raised as of Feb. 17 to rebuild the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay, which provides, among other services, 30,000 to 40,000 meals a […]

Hello, ‘Farewell,’ AGAIN: Reflections on reintroducing ‘Farewell to Manzanar’ to the public

On March 11, 1976 the world television presentation of “Farewell to Manzanar” was broadcasted to a national audience. Then in February 2001, the film was reintroduced to the public in a number of private screenings to commemorate Day of Remembrance events in California. Now another 20 years later, the film is being presented Feb. 21 […]

Film dives into the life of iconic researcher and activist Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga

Filmmaker Janice Tanaka realized that, despite Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga’s profound impact on U.S. history, there were no films focused specifically on the Nisei activist and researcher. However, a family connection and a unique funding opportunity enabled her to produce “Rebel With a Cause: The Life of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga” (2016), a tribute to Herzig Yoshinaga’s […]

Police chief credits united response in finding abducted children

A major cooperative effort resulted successful in the recovery of two children who were abducted in a vehicle stolen while their father was making a food delivery the night of Feb. 6, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said at a news conference the afternoon of Feb. 7. The Honda Odyssey, with the children inside, […]

Justice Department drops Yale admissions discrimination suit

WASHINGTON — In another reversal of Trump-era policy, the Biden administration on Feb. 3 dropped its discrimination lawsuit against Yale University that alleged the Ivy League school was illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants. Federal prosecutors said the Justice Department’s underlying investigation, aimed at ensuring Yale complies with federal anti-discrimination laws, continues. The […]

The unique case of Bainbridge Island’s JA community in ‘Bearing the Unbearable’

A little over a month after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the infamous Executive Order 9066, military orders by Lt. Gen. John L. DeWitt began forcibly removing people of Japanese descent from the West Coast. Bainbridge Island, located west of Seattle in Washington state’s Puget Sound, was the first community to be sent to American […]

Furor over Tokyo Olympics chief’s sexism proved too big to defuse

TOKYO — The global uproar over Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori’s remarks accusing women of talking too much proved too big in the end to be defused with an apology. Mori, 83, tried to draw a line in the sand last week by retracting what he called his “inappropriate remarks,” but critics were not impressed […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Green onion or scallion?

In the 50th, we normally refer to the top of Allium chinense as green onions, though the rest of the United States refers to them as scallions. Their culinary preparations typically consist of using the white bottoms near the root, whereas in Hawai‘i, we primarily use the green tops. And while I normally try to […]

Sansei artists emerge from ‘Shadows from the Past’

Bay Area artist Na Omi Judy Shintani remembers the day several years ago when her Nisei father walked up to a barrack just like the one that once housed him and his family at the Tule Lake, Calif. concentration camp, and in a fit of rage, literally started ripping the wooden boards off the walls […]

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