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Asian Americans join fight against Arizona anti-immigration law

Asian American civil rights groups are gearing up to challenge Arizona’s new anti-immigration law, joining Latino and civil liberties organizations that oppose it. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and other Asian American civil rights groups announced this week they will be filing a legal challenge to Arizona’s law along with other civil rights […]

Turlock Assembly Center dedication held May 1 to honor former internees

TURLOCK, Calif. — With former internees in attendance, a memorial marking the site of the Turlock Assembly Center was dedicated on May 1. Located on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock was one of several assembly centers established on the West Coast in 1942 to detain Japanese Americans who were forced from their homes following enactment […]

Homicide suspects arrested in Daly City to be extradited back to Washington State

Bay City News Service – Two men arrested in Daly City over the weekend will be extradited back to Washington State, where they are accused of fatally shooting a man who was trying to sell a ring on Craigslist last month. Kiyoshi Higashi, 22, and Joshua Reese, 20, waived their right to fight extradition at […]

White House Initiative on AAPIs: Key Facts and Figures

Total U.S.: Population is 307 million; 13.2 percent live in poverty; 4.2 percent are unemployed; 15.0 percent haven’t graduated high school; 28.5 percent have only a high school degree; 28.8 percent have some college education; 17.5 percent have a bachelor’s degree; 10.2 percent have a graduate or professional degree. Asian American: Population is 15.5 million; […]

Spring Kunsho Recipients

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco on April 28 announced the recipients of the 2010 Spring Conferment of Decoration.Among the recipients of the kunsho, or medals of honor from the Japanese government, are: • Kayoko Fujimoto, an ikebana teacher from San Leandro, Calif., who is being bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, […]

Obama Names Asian Americans to U.S. Court

WASHINGTON — President Obama on April 21 nominated Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi and Edmond E. Chang to United States District Court judgeships. Kobayashi, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i, serves as a U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Hawai‘i, a position she has held since 1999. Prior to […]

San Francisco Presents Heritage Awards for Leadership, Community Impact, Lifetime Achievement

The winners of the 2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards were announced at San Francisco’s annual official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 3 at the Herbst Theater. Both the 2010 award recipients and the finalists received a commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 4. The recipients are: […]

CSUS Celebrates 40th Anniv. of Ethnic Studies

SACRAMENTO — California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) honored eight of its former and present faculty in the 40th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Ethnic Studies Department at the Alumni Visitor’s Center on April 27. Nearly 300 friends, family and associates of the program attended the event, many of them seeing each other in […]

City, Community Leaders Convene Over Racial Tensions

(Bay City News Service) — A series of recent highly publicized crimes in San Francisco involving Chinese victims have heightened tensions between the Asian and black communities, prompting city leaders on April 26 to call for a more proactive approach to community policing and outreach from the city. Following a lengthy meeting at City Hall […]

Wartime Nikkei Students Still Being Sought for Honorary Degrees from Universities, Colleges

The California Nisei College Diploma Project is still looking to identify Nikkei who are eligible to benefit from Assembly Bill 37 (AB 37). More than 2,500 students of Japanese descent were enrolled at California institutions of higher education in 1942, with the majority being Nisei. AB 37 became law on Oct. 11, 2009 and required […]

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