Kristi Yamaguchi’s program uniquely positioned to supplement COVID-era education

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Founded by the renown figure skating gold medalist and “Dancing with the Stars” champion, the organization helps underserved kindergartners develop good reading habits through their Always Reading Program. The program has been particularly busy during the pandemic, as many kids have had to attend […]

Sheltering-in-place in a senior residential facility

Retirees Kiyoshi and Tazuko Naito once led busy lives, visiting Japan twice a year, going on cruises, attending Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants games, visiting museums and dining in restaurants several times a month. However, the coronavirus pandemic has hampered the couple’s lifestyle, which Kiyoshi Naito, 86, described in an e-mail to the Nichi […]

Man accused of fatally striking women pleads not guilty

Family friends of a Japanese woman who suffered a fatal hit-and-run accident have launched an online fundraiser to support her family members, which as of Jan. 6 has raised close to $123,000 — more than double its $60,000 goal. On Dec. 31, Hanako Abe was crossing the street in San Francisco’s SOMA district, when she […]

How the Asian Pacific Environment Network built trust through decades of organizing

A few years ago, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), a Bay Area environmental justice organization focusing on Asian immigrant and refugee communities, set aside 20 percent of staff time to address emergency situations. That paid off when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Network staff launched an information campaign, calling members to disseminate accurate information and […]

Ferry service to Angel Island from SF may end due to declining sales

Blue and Gold Fleet service from San Francisco to Angel Island may end due to declining sales, a company spokeswoman said Dec. 18. In September, the company filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission to discontinue service, raising concerns at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, which aims to make people more aware […]

Foster City: Police investigating after rock thrown through window of vice mayor

FOSTER CITY, Calif. — Foster City police are investigating after a rock was thrown through a window of the home of Vice Mayor Richa Awasthi the evening of Dec. 15. Awasthi, in a letter distributed by the city Dec. 16, said the large rock broke the glass and blinds and nearly hit her husband in […]

Calif. Appeals Court affirms ruling against at-large election system

The California Court of Appeals, Sixth District, on Dec. 30 affirmed the decision by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas E. Kuhnle, ruling that the City of Santa Clara’s at-large election system diluted the vote of Asian Americans and thus violated the California Voting Rights Act. The CVRA was enacted by the California Legislature […]

San Francisco’s first Asian sheriff reflects on chaotic year

Sheriff Paul Miyamoto, 53, has kept his spirits up despite a chaotic first year. The newly minted sheriff hit the ground running as the coronavirus pandemic reached San Francisco just months after Miyamoto assumed office Jan. 8, 2020. The outbreak required Miyamoto to work quickly with other city leaders amid unprecedented turmoil. “It’s given me […]

Her parents survived a bombing and an incarceration camp. Now she’s their caregiver. In San Jose’s Japantown, June Yasuhara learns more about her parents’ dementia daily

June Yasuhara, 55, suffered bouts of severe anxiety all her life. During a major episode, she couldn’t even mail a letter. “You don’t feel you are capable of anything,” she says. Worry about her parents’ health was always a major trigger. So when both her mother and father developed dementia, Yasuhara’s anxiety should have came […]

Nikkei’s search for blood stem cell donor hampered by the pandemic

Kazumi Schmidgall enjoys playing the piano, hiking and kickboxing. The Shin-Issei high school math teacher had such an active and healthy life, she could hardly believe it when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and a lung infection in September. Schmidgall, who is in her 60s, is working with Asian American Donor Program, which […]

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