Groups condemn death of George Floyd, call for systemic change

Asian American organizations have issued statements condemning the May 25 death of George Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis, Minn. Floyd was arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 to pay at a store. News outlets have reported that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, kneeled on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. Floyd, who […]

Court upholds DOD finding that Okinawa air base won’t harm endangered dugong

A federal appeals court in San Francisco on May 6 upheld a U.S. Department of Defense finding that construction of a Marine Corps airbase on the Japanese island of Okinawa would not harm the dugong, an endangered sea mammal revered by the Okinawan people. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a lawsuit […]

Family of man who died from COVID-19 files suit against cruise ship lines

The family of a San Francisco man who died from the novel coronavirus is suing both Carnival and Princess cruise ship lines, alleging the companies intentionally hid knowledge that passengers and crewmembers had become infected by COVID-19 and did nothing to prevent the virus from spreading onboard the Grand Princess ship. The suit has been […]

Alumni physician sisters battle COVID-19 in three cities

The Kagihara sisters — Jamie ’04, Jodi ’06 and Jaclyn ’08 – are physicians fighting COVID-19. Jamie is a pulmonary critical care intensivist at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. Jodi is a hematology/oncology fellow at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver, and Jaclyn is chief medical resident at The Queen’s Medical […]

Asian Americans have disproportionately high mortality rate from COVID-19 in California

Asian Americans account for 52 percent of the deaths from COVID-19 in San Francisco, according to a new research brief released May 11 by the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) at the University of California San Francisco’s School of Medicine. San Francisco has 1,754 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 31 deaths; 16 Asian Americans […]

Renaissance Journalism awards $185K to news orgs for COVID-19 coverage

Renaissance Journalism has awarded $185,000 to 20 “nonprofit community, ethnic and university news organizations that are covering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the San Francisco Bay Area,” it announced. The project aims “to provide emergency funding relief to a select group of nonprofit news organizations that, at great risk to their own journalists, […]

In the midst of the global pandemic, waiting game continues for Bay Area J-Towns

Two historic ethnic enclaves in the Greater Bay Area are among the communities that began May having learned that they must endure another month of shelter-in-place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Since temporarily shuttering most businesses March 17, only a few essential businesses, mostly restaurants, continue to operate in San Francisco and San Jose’s Japantowns […]

Q-and-A with longtime activist and mentor Alan Nishio

Editor’s Note: This Q-and-A-format interview was originally posted on the Manzanar Committee’s blog prior to the 2020 virtual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Alan Nishio, who is the keynote speaker for our 2020 Virtual Manzanar Pilgrimage, was awarded the Manzanar Committee’s 2017 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Award for his leadership during the Redress Movement in the 1980s, along […]

Little Tokyo community strategizes ways to stay in business

Businesses in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo typically relied on foot traffic prior to the statewide shelter-in-place orders, which brought the state’s economy to a halt. Amid the shuttered retail spaces, several restaurants continue to operate in the ethnic enclave, but all proprietors have said the situation is difficult. Little Tokyo’s community, however, has tried to […]

Woman recovers from COVID-19

Adrian Arima and Monica Yeung Arima started feeling ill during their flight back to the Bay Area on March 3 from their vacation to London and Egypt.  “It’s sort of the same as the general flu. No fever at the beginning,” Monica Yeung Arima, 64, said in a phone interview with the Nichi Bei Weekly. […]

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