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Glendale, Calif. ‘comfort woman’ statue vandalized again

LOS ANGELES — A controversial statue in Southern California depicting a hanbok-wearing Korean girl who symbolizes the so-called “comfort women” forced to serve in brothels during Japanese colonization has been defaced for the second time this summer, according to police. A suspect vandalized the copper statue using a black marker and knocked over surrounding potted […]

Hundreds of Nikkei gather in S.F. for biennial international conference

More than 250 Nikkei from around the world gathered in San Francisco Sept. 20-22 for COPANI XX San Francisco, an international conference focusing on people of Japanese descent living in the Americas. Nikkei from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and other countries joined Japanese Americans for the two-day program to listen to each other’s experiences […]

S.F. Rec and Park Commission approves renaming Julius Kahn Playground

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission on Sept. 19 voted unanimously to rename a park whose previous namesake was a local congressman who was instrumental in extending a racist law more than a century ago. Julius Kahn Playground, located at West Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street in the Presidio Heights neighborhood, will now be […]

S.F. Park Commission committee recommends new name for Julius Kahn Playground

A San Francisco parks commission committee recommended Sept. 5 a new name for Julius Kahn Playground, park department officials said. The operations committee for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission recommended Presidio Wall Playground as the new name. Last year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to change the name of the playground. […]

Arts center on hold while commercial developments move forward

SAN JOSE — As San Jose’s Japantown finally sees construction begin at the site of the city’s former Corporation Yard and its historic Chinatown, community members expressed hope as the long-delayed project is now pouring concrete. Part of the development, however, has been put on hold, with costs becoming too high to move forward on […]

Four S.F. J-Town establishments approved for Legacy Business Registry

Four San Francisco Japantown establishments — Kinmon Gakuen, Nichi Bei Foundation, National Japanese American Historical Society and Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop — were among eight businesses and nonprofit organizations unanimously approved by the San Francisco Small Business Commission for the city’s Legacy Business Registry at the Commission’s meeting Aug. 12. The Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses […]

SF: Man killed in 1 of 3 separate Aug. 10 shootings identified

One person died and five others were hospitalized Aug. 10 following three separate shootings throughout San Francisco, police said Aug. 12. The first shooting occurred around 1:40 a.m. near Post and Fillmore streets, when a suspect allegedly shot at a victim, described as a 20-year-old man. The suspect then grabbed the victim’s wallet and fled […]

SF: Police car hits on-foot officer, suspect, injuring both

An unmarked San Francisco Police Department car struck and injured two people, a police officer and a suspect being pursued, the evening of Aug. 24 near a major Japantown intersection, police said. At about 5:20 p.m. Aug. 24, plain-clothes police officers were chasing two car burglary suspects on foot near Geary Boulevard and Webster Street. […]

JACL votes to apologize to ‘Tule Lake resisters’

The Japanese American Citizens League voted Aug. 3 at its 50th National Convention in Salt Lake City to offer an apology to the “Tule Lake resisters” for its past ostracism of the group of protestors in the Northern California barbed wire concentration camp during World War II. The contentious resolution addressing the national civil rights […]

EQUITY RIPPLES: Diversity of elected officials lags behind population changes

The Bay Area is one of the most diverse regions in the country and is widely seen as a hotbed of progressive politics, but in the land of Kamala Harris, Ro Khanna and London Breed, it is still a region where white men hold the largest chunk of political power at the local level. While […]

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