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NEW GENERATION, NEW NEEDS: Senior organizations on serving Sansei

When young Sansei came together to form senior service organizations in the 1970s, the organizations primarily served the elderly Issei, Japanese immigrants who otherwise did not have access to culturally sensitive services. Today, many Sansei are now coming of age to qualify for the services they set up, but their reliance on these services differ […]

If you have relatives in a nursing home during pandemic, get them out, advise experts

The COVID 19 pandemic has laid bare the plight of U.S. seniors, who have been disproportionately infected and killed by the disease. Eight out of 10 COVID deaths in the U.S. are seniors, aged 65 or older, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. Up to 70 percent of COVID hospitalizations are of […]

Kansen Chu in hot water over racially-charged remarks

Assemblymember Kansen Chu is facing backlash for racially charged remarks made to a Chinese language newspaper. Chu last week raised eyebrows when he abstained from voting on Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5, a measure that allows voters to decide whether the state’s ban on affirmative action — which boosts hiring minorities and underrepresented communities — should […]

One injured in senior complex fire: Cause under investigation

One person was injured the evening of June 13 in a fire that was contained to the sixth floor of a senior housing complex at 1880 Pine St. near Japantown, a fire department spokesperson said. All floors of the center were evacuated after the fire was reported at 8:07 p.m. June 13. The one person […]

Efforts to support S.F.’s Japantown underway

San Francisco Japantown community leaders gathered May 27 for an online town hall meeting via the Zoom video chat application. Several organizations outlined their efforts to help Japantown through grants and programs designed to either aid small businesses and nonprofits, or attract customers to the ethnic enclave once shelter-in-place restrictions are relaxed. “A lot of […]

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 […]

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