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First of 10 public artworks along future Central Subway line installed

With construction on San Francisco’s Central Subway expected to be completed next year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced this week that the first piece of public artwork along the line has been installed. The piece, called Microcosmic, is a stainless steel wind-activated kinetic sculpture mounted on a 40-foot light pole near Fourth and […]

Asian Americans, other minorities still underrepresented in voter rolls

More than 3 million additional Californians will be able to cast a ballot in the upcoming presidential primary thanks to a groundswell of interest that has built up over the past three years. But voting rights activists are still worried about the persistent, and in some cases extremely large, gaps in voter participation based on […]

Akashi-Kama: A mixture of Japanese aesthetic and modern American streetwear

It took a trip to Japan to inspire Alec Nakashima, a former product manager for a tech company, to create a clothing brand that reflects his identity: feeling both Japanese and American. Nakashima went on the Japanese American Citizens League’s Kakehashi grassroots exchange program to Japan in March 2018. He was in awe of the […]

Missing cadet found dead

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet Kade Kurita, 20, from Gardena, Calif., was found dead Oct. 22 at 9:47 p.m. at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy said in a statement. “We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita’s family and friends” Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, 60th superintendent, U.S. […]

Okinawa castle at World Heritage site destroyed in predawn fire

NAHA, Japan — The main buildings of a castle at a World Heritage site in Okinawa, regarded as a symbol of the southern Japanese prefecture, burned to the ground in a predawn fire Oct. 31, with the blaze finally suppressed hours later. The fire started just before 2:40 a.m. at Shuri Castle, one of Okinawa’s […]

American activist seriously injured in shooting in the Philippines airlifted back to SF

A San Francisco man seriously injured in a shooting in the Philippines back in August is back home with his family after he was able to flee the country with the help of the U.S. embassy. San Francisco native and environmental activist Brandon Lee arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 25 after he […]

San Francisco elects Paul Miyamoto sheriff

Paul Miyamoto has been elected San Francisco’s new sheriff in the Nov. 5 election. According to the Bay Area Reporter, he will become the first Asian American sheriff in California. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy is retiring, which opened up the position. Lt. Ron Terry, who initially ran against Miyamoto for the position, withdrew from the race […]

Santa Rosa man dies after PG&E power shut-off

Gerald Niimi, who was originally from Hawai‘i, 75, passed away in his sleep in the aftermath of one of the PG&E Bay Area power shut-offs on Oct. 15, according to The Press Democrat. He had been using oxygen machines to breathe due to a diagnosis of lung disease, the news outlet reported. PG&E spokeswoman, Deanna […]

Remains found may be Manzanar inmate

Skeletal remains discovered by hikers near Mount Williamson on Oct. 7 could be that of a Manzanar, Calif. concentration camp prisoner who disappeared July 29, 1945, while hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Associated Press reported. In the closing days of World War II, a man from Manzanar had joined other Japanese American […]

Keiro Northwest closes its Seattle nursing facility

Keiro Northwest, Seattle’s largest and oldest Asian Pacific Islander senior care program, recently closed its main nursing facility and other programs for senior citizens after a decade of declining revenues and changes in the nation’s health care system. Founded 41 years ago by Japanese Americans to care for their elderly in a culturally sensitive and […]

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