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San Francisco celebrates Asian heritage through community bonds

After a virtual celebration in 2020 and an outdoor celebration in 2021, the 2022 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards returned to the Herbst Theater in San Francisco’s Civic Center May 4 under the theme of “forging community bonds.” Performers from the Samoan Community Development Center led a Samoan warrior chant to open the ceremony emceed […]

Norman Mineta, former San Jose mayor, congressman and transportation secretary in 9/11 era, dies at 90

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Norman Mineta, who broke racial barriers for Asian Americans serving in high-profile government posts and ordered commercial flights grounded after the 9/11 terror attacks as the nation’s federal transportation secretary, died May 3, 2022. He was 90. John Flaherty, Mineta’s former chief of staff, said Mineta died peacefully at his home surrounded […]

4 running to fill Wilma Chan’s seat on Alameda County board of supervisors

Four people are running to fill a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors that became vacant following the death of Supervisor Wilma Chan. Chan’s former chief of staff David Brown is serving as supervisor for her district until the election is held. The Alameda County Taxpayer’s Association has mounted a challenge to the […]

Historic anti-racism banner donated to Smithsonian by Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

A banner carried by members of San Francisco’s Chinese community during one of the country’s first anti-racism marches in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is heading to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The long red banner reads “Fight the Virus, NOT the People” in English and “Together we support the businesses, (we are) […]

40 Families Project sheds light on Palos Verdes Peninsula Japanese American farming families

On Nov. 24, 1923, a crowd of Japanese American farming families gathered on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California to celebrate the opening of a community hall intended for meetings, language classes, judo lessons and social events. To mark the occasion, they lined up for a group photograph in front of the new building […]

Contentious redistricting process leaves S.F.’s J-Town relatively unscathed

San Francisco’s nine-member Redistricting Task Force has made headlines during its final weeks of deliberation in April, but the city’s Japantown has largely stayed out of the spotlight, despite sitting on the border of the heavily impacted District 5. Every decade, the city must redraw its 11 supervisorial districts based on the latest U.S. Census […]

Experts: Asian population overcount masks community nuances

PHOENIX — Jennifer Chau was astonished last month when the U.S. Census Bureau’s report card on how accurately it counted the U.S. population in 2020 showed that Asian people were overcounted by the highest rate of any race or ethnic group. The director of an Asian American advocacy group thought thousands of people would be […]

Quest for honorary degrees ends as President Folt confers diplomas upon Nisei students

It’s a historic act of atonement, as the university presents families from around the world diplomas in the names of Japanese American USC students who were forced into detention in 1942. The three and four syllable surnames spoken the evening of April 1 share phonic characteristics: Ochiai, Kondo, Fujioka, Sasaki. They are the names of […]

Activists seek to secure Japanese immigrants’ ‘sacred’ land

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — The words “Jesus Lives” are emblazoned across a dilapidated unoccupied structure on the busy intersection of Warner Avenue and Nichols Lane in this Orange County city south of Los Angeles. The building’s windows are boarded up. Varying shades of white and unmatched paint cover graffiti and highlight cracks in the property’s […]

Benkyodo: The bittersweet end of an era at S.F. Japantown’s oldest business

Ricky Okamura clocks in to work at 3 a.m., typically hours before the first customer walks in to his store, but on March 26, his first customer beat him there by three hours, pitching a tent and lining up for manju outside Benkyodo Company in San Francisco’s Japantown.  Lines have wrapped around the block, starting […]

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