S.F.: $4.5 million to be awarded in grants to over 560 small businesses to aid recovery

(Bay City News) — As small businesses in the Bay Area, the state and the country struggle to recover from the pandemic, San Francisco is awarding over $4.5 million in financial relief for more than 560 small businesses in the city. Small Business Relief Grants between $5,000 and $25,000 per business will be awarded to […]

Diversity among Bay Area elected officials improves, but disparities still exist

Racial diversity among Bay Area elected officials increased during the 2020 election cycle but new data shows wide disparities still exist across the region. The proportion of people of color holding top local offices increased from 26 percent in 2018 to about 34 percent after the 2020 elections, according to a report released this week […]

S.F. police arrest suspect in hate crimes involving more than 30 burglaries, vandalism

San Francisco police have arrested a man believed to have committed more than 30 burglaries and acts of vandalism — all of them considered hate crimes — since April in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood and the Ocean Avenue corridor. Derik Barreto, 36, was initially detained Aug. 11 and was soon arrested and booked in county […]

LETTERS: Wakasa monument statement from the Friends of Topaz

August 30, 2021 To the Japanese American Community, We are the Friends of Topaz, a group of predominately Japanese American descendants of World War II Topaz concentration camp incarcerees, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We exist to support the Topaz Museum because we believe in their mission to preserve Topaz stories and to […]

A rainbow of refreshment from the Aloha State

Generations after Japanese immigrants introduced kakigori (shave ice) to Hawai‘i’s plantations, shave ice remains a favorite way to keep cool. Whether you are planning for an upcoming vacation or simply dreaming of escaping to the islands, here are a few of the top shave ice spots on O‘ahu, loved by locals and visitors alike. Matsumoto […]

‘Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! A History of Japanese Food in America’

Editor’s Note: This is an edited excerpt from a book Gil Asakawa is writing for Stone Bridge Press for publication in 2022, about the history of Japanese food in America. On June 28, 1963, the number-one song on the American Billboard charts was “Ue O Muite Arukou,” which translates to “I Look Up as I […]

San Mateo’s Suruki stays busy

SAN MATEO, Calif. — In the 1970s, the late Shuji Suruki started selling groceries out of his truck, driving from Sacramento, Calif. to Salinas, Calif. A decade later in 1980, he opened the first Suruki Supermarket in Burlingame, Calif. In 1990, he moved the store to its current location in downtown San Mateo, Calif. “All […]

Tigers analyst Jack Morris suspended for Ohtani remarks

DETROIT — Detroit Tigers broadcaster Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely for racist comments he made about Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani during the Aug. 17 game. When asked by play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard how the Tigers should pitch to Ohtani in the sixth inning, Morris adopted an exaggerated East Asian accent while saying […]

Sacramento’s J-Town to lose longtime business as neighborhood continues to change

Sacramento’s once thriving Japantown was devastated in the 1950s as redevelopment pushed much of the Japanese American community out of what is now downtown Sacramento. A pocket of Nikkei businesses relocated south of the original ethnic enclave, but few Japanese American businesses remain today, and one more store has announced their closing at the end […]

Osaka pledges support for Haiti earthquake relief

NEW YORK — Tennis star Naomi Osaka pledged her support for relief efforts in Haiti on Aug. 14 following a deadly earthquake in the Caribbean country. Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, said she would donate her prize money from the upcoming Western & Southern Open to help people affected by the […]

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