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Supervisor proposes resolution to maintain ferry service to Angel Island as operator seeks to end it

With the Blue & Gold Fleet possibly ending its ferry service from San Francisco to Angel Island, Supervisor Gordon Mar on May 4 called for a resolution supporting continued service to the island to honor the estimated one million immigrants who were once detained there. Blue & Gold Fleet announced in December that it was […]

Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks

NEW YORK — Medical student Natty Jumreornvong has a vaccine and protective gear to shield her from the coronavirus. But she couldn’t avoid exposure to the anti-Asian bigotry that pulsed to the surface after the pathogen was first identified in China. Psychiatry patients have called her by a racist slur for the disease, she said. […]

Man charged with stabbing 2 Asian women pleads not guilty

SAN FRANCISCO  — A man charged with stabbing two women of Asian descent at a San Francisco bus stop last week pleaded not guilty May 10. A handcuffed Patrick Thompson, 54, was silent during the short court hearing. Public defender Eric Fleischaker entered the not-guilty plea on his behalf to charges of attempted murder, assault […]

Asian American business leaders seek to fight discrimination

Asian American business leaders are launching a foundation to challenge discrimination through what they call the largest philanthropic commitment in history by Asian Americans geared to support members of their own community. The Asian American Foundation, which announced its launch on May 3, said it has raised $125 million from its board members to support […]

Filoli estate’s ties to the Japanese American experience

The Filoli Historic House and Garden is beautiful year-round, but spring — with its flowering cherry blossoms, wisterias, peonies and azaleas — attracts the most visitors each year. The estate in the San Mateo County town of Woodside, Calif., a Georgian-style house with an attached garden covering 16 acres of the 654-acre property, has a […]

JA community responds to anti-Asian hate

Though the Japanese American community has so far been spared from the brunt of the rise of anti-Asian hate currently making headlines across the United States, many Nikkei are nevertheless concerned. “There are a lot of people who are very worried about it. They’re scared,” retired San Jose Police Department Lt. Rich Saito, told the […]

Hundreds march to protest anti-Asian violence

Hundreds joined the March for AAPI Solidarity + Safety along San Francisco’s Great Highway early in the afternoon April 18. Organized by San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar and a coalition of labor, faith and community organizations, the peaceful protest started at 12:45 p.m. April 18 at the parking lot near the intersection of Great Highway […]

Asian Americans wary about school amid virus, violence

BOSTON — A Chinese American mother in the Boston suburbs is sending her sons to in-person classes this month, even after one of them was taunted with a racist “slanted-eyes” gesture at school, just days after the killings of women of Asian descent at massage businesses in Atlanta. In the Dallas area, a Korean American […]

Man held for allegedly attacking Asian couple in California

ORANGE, Calif. () — A man who said he hates Asians was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an elderly Korean American couple at a Southern California park after allegedly threatening violence against a Japanese American Olympic athlete, police said. Michael Orlando Vivona, 25, was arrested April 19 on suspicion of elder abuse and committing a […]

Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON — The Senate on April 22 overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step toward legislating in a chamber where most of President Joe Biden’s agenda has stalled. The […]

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