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Japanese American former incarceree protests Trump on travel ban

NEW YORK — A Japanese American born in an American concentration camp during World War II is pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions that target people from certain Muslim-majority nations. “It’s easy to issue a presidential order, but it would take many, many years to repeal it,” said Takeshi Furumoto, speaking at […]

Asian American candidates in Calif.

California held its primary elections June 5, resulting in several wins for Asian Americans, while many more were locked out of the November election in the state’s top-two primaries. Congressional Seats Several Asian American hopefuls ran to unseat United States Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but the veteran senator held a healthy lead with 43.8 percent of […]

Nikkei honored for donating photo collection

Patti Hirahara of Anaheim, Calif., who donated her family’s concentration camp photo collection to Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Department, received the Honorary Alumna Award from the WSU Alumni Association in April. Hirahara was also honored for educating the public about the Japanese American wartime incarceration experience. She is the first […]

Community icon Jimi Yamaichi dies at 95

Jimi Yamaichi — carpenter, World War II draft resister, Tule Lake Committee member, Japanese American Museum of San Jose co-founder and community leader — passed away at his San Jose home on May 12. He was 95. “Jimi Yamaichi is an icon of the Japanese American community … and he has touched the lives of […]

San Jose sues Trump administration to challenge citizenship question on census

SAN JOSE — The city of San Jose added a new lawsuit to the list of challenges to a plan by the administration of President Donald Trump to add a citizenship question to the 2020 national census. The city filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Jose against the U.S. Department of Commerce and […]

Muslim officer who complained about racism, misconduct alleging retaliation

A San Francisco police officer said April 10 he is being targeted and retaliated against for filing a complaint last year against other officers in which he claimed racial and religious discrimination. The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office announced that the officer, who’s not being named, initially made the complaint because in addition to being […]

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 […]

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