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Santa Clara Co.: Registrar of voters seeking thousands of workers for June 5 election

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is calling for 5,000 to 6,000 election officers to serve in over 800 polling places around the county for the June 5 election. The registrar is seeking bilingual support in 19 different languages for the 824 polling places that will serve the diverse population of the county. Bilingual […]

Attorney General Becerra files lawsuit over citizenship question on Census

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration March 26 in response to their move to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Decennial Census for the first time in more than 50 years, saying that such a question could discourage non-citizens from participating. “Adding a question on citizenship threatens […]

Warriors help dedicate Chinatown gym in honor of late Mayor Ed Lee

Children in San Francisco’s Chinatown on March 30 began playing on a recently refurbished basketball court dedicated in honor of the city’s first Asian American mayor, late Mayor Ed Lee. At the dedication ceremony at the Salvation Army’s Chinatown Corp. Community Center at 1450 Powell Street, the center’s gymnasium and indoor basketball court was christened […]

Historic Wintersburg preservation effort gains community support

LOS ANGELES — Concerned citizens in the Nikkei community have called on the Huntington Beach City Council to help preserve and protect the Historic Wintersburg site, whose status is being threatened by the proposed sale of the property to a storage company. The importance of preserving and protecting the property, Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force […]

Catching up with former Rep. Mike Honda on the importance of Day of Remembrance

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, who as an elected official over the past two decades has joined San Jose’s Japantown in commemorating the Day of Remembrance nearly every year, recently attended the Feb. 18 event marking the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. That order by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt put the […]

Ann Curry’s TV series helps childhood friends reunite after seven decades

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the past 20 years, Reiko Nagumo, a Nisei docent for the California Museum’s Time of Remembrance program, has told her story of how a childhood friendship helped her get through the prejudice she faced during and after World War II. By continuing their friendship against the will of her parents, Nagumo’s […]

Asian American DACA recipients await congressional action

LOS ANGELES — Since September, undocumented adults living in America legally through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been in a state of limbo. When the Trump administration last year announced March 5 as the end of the Obama-signed program that protects from deportation the so-called “Dreamer” children who entered the United States […]

Activists outraged over recent immigration sweeps surround ICE office, block roadways

Hundreds of activists outraged over the arrest of more than 150 immigrants in Northern California surrounded the San Francisco offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, blocking vehicular access to the building the afternoon of Feb. 28. While immigrants seeking legal status lined up for their appointments at the immigration agency’s offices in the U.S. Appraisers […]

Former UC Berkeley student sues airline for removing him from plane after he spoke Arabic

A former University of California at Berkeley student who was removed from a Southwest Airlines plane after he spoke Arabic sued the airline Feb. 13 for allegedly violating his civil rights. At the time of the incident on April 6, 2016, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, then 26, was a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in public policy […]

A centenarian gets his wings

A Nisei pilot could have been a World War II ace, but racism kept him grounded. Virgil Nishimura Westdale graduated top of his class in the War Training Service — he said he had a knack for acrobatic flying — and was well on his way to be a pilot for the U.S. Army Air […]

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