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San Francisco J-Town merchants fear end to eviction moratorium

Tenants of two major Japantown property owners have raised their fears of eviction as a San Francisco moratorium on evictions for small businesses was set to expire Sept. 14. While San Francisco Mayor London Breed has granted a short reprieve in the form of an extension to the end of the month, both tenants, including […]

Project Bento volunteers deliver bento to senior New Yorkers

During the spring of 2020 when New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, residents were abruptly instructed to shelter-in-place. Susan Miyagi McCormac, a vice president and secretary of the Japanese American Association of New York, became concerned about how their older members were faring. Pre-COVID, about 100 Japanese […]

Asians continue to suffer racist hate incidents during the pandemic

About half a year since the coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down for Americans, a disturbing trend for hate directed against Asians remains a concern. Launched in mid-March, Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative by Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, is […]

San Jose names J-Town Park

The San Jose City Council voted unanimously Sept. 1 to name a new park in San Jose’s Japantown Heinlenville Park, after John Heinlen, a German immigrant who opposed the anti-Asian racism Chinese immigrants suffered in the late 19th century. Heinlen went on to become a key contributor in establishing the ethnic enclave’s Chinatown. Nicolle Burnham, […]

COVID-19 test site opens in Oakland Chinatown with services in 12 languages

OAKLAND, Calif. — A multicultural community COVID-19 testing site offering services in a dozen Asian languages, including Chinese, Tagalog and Mongolian, conducted its first tests in Oakland’s Chinatown on Aug. 18, community leaders said. The testing site in Madison Park at 810 Jackson St. is open to everyone whether or not someone identifies as Asian […]

Gov. Newsom signs bill making ethnic studies course a requirement at CSU

Gov. Gavin Newsom sided with the state legislature Aug. 17 by signing a bill that requires California State University students who enter as freshmen in 2021-22 to take an ethnic studies course focused on one of four ethnic groups in order to graduate. Assembly Bill 1460 requires all students enrolled on all 23 CSU campuses […]

JAs serve on the frontlines treating COVID-19 patients

While treating COVID-19 patients on 12-hour shifts, three to four days per week and overtime from mid-March to May, Julia Yuge, an intensive care unit nurse at New York University Langone Health, called her mother, a nurse herself, several times to minimize the stress she’s felt. “My mom’s a nurse so she’s the one that […]

Schools asked to fight racism and stereotyping especially during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the school year begins, San Francisco city leaders joined other public officials, including vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, on Aug. 26 to call on schools to stand up against racism aimed at students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The leaders, along with organizers from Beyond Differences and […]

Teachers, students feel impact of the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has seriously impacted California and most of the United States. It has led authorities to close schools, teach remotely and ignore the calls of many conservatives who demand that schools and businesses reopen, as they describe COVID-19 as a hoax and refuse the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s orders to wear […]

Restaurant owing over $5M in fines, back wages starts paying workers

DALY CITY, Calif. — Former workers at a Japanese restaurant in Daly City that was assessed more than $5 million in fines and back wages in 2018 have finally started receiving settlement checks averaging $14,217, the state Labor Commissioner’s Office said Aug. 12. Kome Japanese Seafood and Buffet, which owed 133 workers compensation for unpaid […]

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