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Learning to adapt for preschools in the era of COVID

Schools across the nation closed in March due to the coronavirus outbreak. Many, including those in the San Francisco Bay Area, continue to conduct classes remotely. Remote learning, however, is a challenge, especially for the youngest students. Several preschools have adapted to reopen during the pandemic in their own ways, while maintaining their core Nikkei […]

Morita named to Biden COVID-19 Advisory Board

WASHINGTON — Dr. Julie Morita, the executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former health commissioner for the City of Chicago, has been named to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, the Biden-Harris Transition said in a statement Nov. 9. This is a team of “leading public health experts” who will advise […]

Voters of color restored democracy in America in 2020 presidential election

In a country that is polarized and hurt by COVID-19 and a divisive leadership, a massive turnout of voters resulted in a close election where Democrat Joe Biden was pushed across the finish line by large majorities of voters of color. On Nov. 7, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were the projected winners of the […]

Asian Americans hope for more inclusive society under Biden

TOKYO — With U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly calling the novel coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” many Asian Americans have been exposed to adverse experiences because of their race or ethnicity. But now that Democrat Joe Biden has beaten the Republican president in the Nov. 3 White House election, they are hoping the incoming administration will […]

Steel wins hotly contested OC congressional race

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Republican Party reclaimed at least one congressional seat in Orange County Nov. 10, with first-term Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda conceding defeat to Michelle Steel in the closely contested race in the 48th District. With vote-counting continuing from the Nov. 3 election, Steel – the chairwoman of the Orange County Board […]

Republican Kim headed to Congress

SANTA ANA, Calif. (City News Service) — Former Assemblywoman Young Kim will be among two Republican House members from Orange County, both female immigrants from South Korea, when the 117th Congress convenes in January. When Kim is sworn in she will join Republican Michelle Steel and Marilyn Strickland, D-Washington, as the first Korean American women […]

San Francisco Japantown businesses receive help, but are far from secure as pandemic ravages economy

San Francisco’s Japantown community has come together to support its retail and restaurants in light of the ongoing pandemic. Such aid has been essential to helping keep many businesses afloat, but a looming threat of evictions for tenants in the Japan Center Malls and the Kinokuniya Building, as well as the unpredictable outlook of the […]

Oakland: School district apologizes for racist word in survey sent to families

OAKLAND, Calif. — Officials with the Oakland Unified School District apologized Oct. 22 for a racist term that was included in a survey sent out to families about returning to in-person learning. The word was derogatory toward people of Asian descent. District officials said they replaced it with appropriate language once they discovered it. How […]

S.F.: New police unit will support crime victims, track hate crimes

A new unit with the San Francisco Police Department will focus on improving trust between residents and officers, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Oct. 23. The new Community Liaisons Unit will be made up of five dedicated officers from the department’s Community Engagement Division who will work with residents by supporting victims of crime […]

Morgan Hill: Gang investigation leads to arrest of two suspects, seizure of 21 firearms

MORGAN HILL, Calif. — Two men under investigation for suspected gang involvement were arrested in September and 21 firearms were seized, Morgan Hill police said Oct. 20. The arrests followed an investigation of gang activities that began in June by the Stockton Police Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit, the California Department of Justice, and the […]

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