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A nationwide movement for justice

In celebration of the publication of “NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations,” members of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, along with activists from the Redress Movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, held a series of book parties in the Bay Area Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. During the Oct. […]

Socially conscious gifts

If you’re looking to donate to a nonprofit organization in the name of a loved one, whether you’re giving in solidarity with a marginalized community, or in protest of the innumerable injustices that abound, there are many ways to empower the underserved by supporting organizations that work directly with them. RAICES: Refugee and Immigrant Center […]

Trump effect: Mid-terms a turning point for Asian American voters

The 2018 mid-terms marked the pivotal moment when Asian Americans made a difference — as voters, candidates and historic winners. An Ethnic Media Services survey of Asian American voter turnout and growing involvement in the political process reveals the surging significance of these major ethnic groups’ participation in elections in various states. With a history […]

Rise in hate crimes connected to Trump rhetoric, DA Gascon says

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon connected Nov. 13 anti-immigrant rhetoric made by President Donald Trump to a rise in hate crimes last year in the U.S. According to the FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistic report, released Nov. 13, in 2017 the number of hate crimes nationwide increased by 17 percent compared to the previous […]

Complaint filed against Samsung for alleged religious discrimination against Muslim man

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint against Samsung on behalf of a Muslim man who alleges religious discrimination during a job interview at the company in 2017, CAIR said Oct. 25. The man interviewed at the company in Menlo Park in October of last year and was allegedly asked inappropriate questions regarding […]

Man convicted of ‘catfishing’ students in Gilroy arrested for alleged sex crime

CAMPBELL, Calif. — A man who has previously been convicted of catfishing students while teaching in Gilroy was arrested Oct. 16 in Campbell for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a minor, police said. Douglas Le, 27, allegedly met a minor on the “Grindr” dating application with the intent of having a sexual relationship in […]

San Mateo Supes appoint new county poet laureate

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has appointed the county’s third-ever poet laureate and its first who is an Asian American, county officials said. San Mateo resident Aileen Cassinetto was appointed Oct. 23 to the honorary role, which involves celebrating and elevating poetry around the county. The position was created in 2013 and Caroline […]

Japan confirms journalist held in Syria for 3 years released safe

TOKYO  — Japan confirmed Oct. 24 that freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who went missing more than three years ago in Syria, has been released and is safely in a Turkish immigration facility, adding that he would be brought home at the earliest opportunity. “I have received a report that he is speaking normally to (Japanese) […]

Osaka mayor terminates sister city ties with S.F. over ‘comfort women’ memorial

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura terminated his city’s sister city ties with San Francisco over the “Comfort Women” Column of Strength memorial installed on the St. Mary’s Square Annex in the city’s Chinatown. The Oct. 2 decision comes a few weeks after the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition, the monument’s proponents, celebrated the one-year anniversary of the […]

U.S. base opponent wins Okinawa governor race

NAHA, Japan — Antibase candidate Denny Tamaki, a former opposition lawmaker, won the Okinawa gubernatorial election Sept. 30 in a major setback for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has been pushing forward with the contentious relocation of a U.S. military facility within the southern prefecture. Tamaki, a 58-year-old radio personality-turned-politician, garnered a […]

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