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Voters of color and women saved the Democrats from disaster

Despite new laws to keep people from voting and gerrymandering election districts to take away the power of minority communities, the Republican “red wave” that pollsters predicted ahead of the Nov. 8 midterms didn’t happen. Ethnic Media Services debriefed six experts on their reactions to the election results and what should be done to prepare […]

Uplifting Generations of Youth: JCYC looks back at five decades

Celebrating 53 years serving the youth of San Francisco and beyond, the Japanese Community Youth Council recognized its roots and impact over the years, as its services have made a lasting impact on thousands of youth each year, including those who came back to the organization to take on leadership roles. The organization celebrated its […]

Countering misinformation on COVID-19 boosters among parents and seniors

More than one million people in the U.S. have died due to COVID-19. And yet, as of Nov. 16, only 32.4% of eligible seniors in California have been vaccinated and received their bivalent booster, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website. As of Nov. 16, 12.9% of Asian Americans have received the […]

Alameda: Signs unveiled for street named after late County Supervisor Wilma Chan

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A renamed street was unveiled in Alameda in mid-November to remember and honor late Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, who died unexpectedly about a year ago in a traffic collision. Wilma Chan Way replaces Constitution Way, stretching from Webster Street to Lincoln Avenue. About 10 signs were replaced and co-located signs will […]

Teachers recognized for fire rescue in S.F.’s Western Addition

Five teachers from Rosa Parks Elementary School grinned from ear-to-ear, holding their certificates of appreciation as family and friends took their photos in a San Francisco City Hall room Oct. 26. During the meeting, the San Francisco Fire Commission recognized Cecily Ina-Lee, Remi Nakamoto, Zachary Marlin, Ruben Guzman and Vincent Reyes, for rescuing people from […]

Accident damages historic Japanese American cemetery

A delivery van crashed through a fence into the Japanese Cemetery in Colma, Calif. Oct. 24. The accident damaged or destroyed around eight tombstones and a number of other markers in the oldest section of the cemetery, according to Seiko Fujimoto, executive director of the Japanese Benevolent Society of California. Fujimoto said a delivery van […]

San Mateo community center seeks new home

For some 40 years, the San Mateo Japanese American Community Center has adapted to the needs of the Nikkei community in San Mateo County. The community center located at 415 S. Claremont St. in San Mateo, Calif., is now looking toward its next steps as Windy Hill Property Ventures plans to redevelop the downtown block […]

Japanese Americans, APAs win elected office

A number of Japanese Americans and Asian Pacific Americans won their races in the Nov. 8 Midterm Elections. What follows is a sampling of the winning candidates, or those projected to win. Federal Office: U.S. Senate: Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) U.S. House of Representatives: Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento, Calif.) Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside, Calif.) Rep. Ro […]

San Jose Spotlight: Silicon Valley leaders condemn race-baiting election ads

Community groups and leaders in Santa Clara County are speaking out against attack ads using race-baiting tactics to pit one minority group against another. Groups including the Asian Law Alliance, San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, SOMOS Mayfair and Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet rallied in front of San Jose City Hall Nov. 2 to condemn racist dog […]

Community honors Issei, dives into family histories, at 5th Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage

With the beat of drums by PJ Hirabayashi and the TaikoPeace Ambassadors, Nichi Bei Foundation’s fifth Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage commenced at the Angel Island Immigration Station Oct. 1. Overlooking China Cove, where immigrants first set foot on U.S. soil before heading to the mainland, the pilgrimage honored the Issei immigrants who first set foot […]

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