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Cupertino: Man charged with hate crimes for attack on phone store employee

CUPERTINO, Calif. — A 61-year-old man is facing hate crime charges after he allegedly attacked a phone store employee in Cupertino while yelling racial epithets, Santa Clara County prosecutors said June 3. Clifford Stewart was set for arraignment June 3 on charges of assault, vandalism, threatening a police officer and the hate crimes for the […]

JANM exhibit uses augmented reality to visit WWII-era round-up of Little Tokyo Nikkei

LOS ANGELES — A new video and photography exhibit describing the dark days in May 1942 when the United States government carried out the mass removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast — including thousands from Los Angeles — is now on display at the Japanese American National Museum in Little […]

California churchgoers detained gunman in deadly attack

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. — A man opened fire during a lunch reception at a Southern California church on May 15, killing one person and injuring several others before being stopped and hog-tied by parishioners in what a sheriff’s official called an act of “exceptional heroism and bravery.” One person was fatally shot and four others […]

Girlfriend: Dallas shooting suspect feared Asian Americans

DALLAS — The girlfriend of a man arrested May 17 in a shooting that wounded three women of Asian descent in a hair salon in Dallas’ Koreatown told police that he has delusions that Asian Americans are trying to harm him, an arrest warrant affidavit states. Jeremy Smith faces three charges of aggravated assault with […]

San Francisco celebrates Asian heritage through community bonds

After a virtual celebration in 2020 and an outdoor celebration in 2021, the 2022 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards returned to the Herbst Theater in San Francisco’s Civic Center May 4 under the theme of “forging community bonds.” Performers from the Samoan Community Development Center led a Samoan warrior chant to open the ceremony emceed […]

Norman Mineta, former San Jose mayor, congressman and transportation secretary in 9/11 era, dies at 90

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Norman Mineta, who broke racial barriers for Asian Americans serving in high-profile government posts and ordered commercial flights grounded after the 9/11 terror attacks as the nation’s federal transportation secretary, died May 3, 2022. He was 90. John Flaherty, Mineta’s former chief of staff, said Mineta died peacefully at his home surrounded […]

4 running to fill Wilma Chan’s seat on Alameda County board of supervisors

Four people are running to fill a seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors that became vacant following the death of Supervisor Wilma Chan. Chan’s former chief of staff David Brown is serving as supervisor for her district until the election is held. The Alameda County Taxpayer’s Association has mounted a challenge to the […]

Historic anti-racism banner donated to Smithsonian by Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

A banner carried by members of San Francisco’s Chinese community during one of the country’s first anti-racism marches in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is heading to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The long red banner reads “Fight the Virus, NOT the People” in English and “Together we support the businesses, (we are) […]

40 Families Project sheds light on Palos Verdes Peninsula Japanese American farming families

On Nov. 24, 1923, a crowd of Japanese American farming families gathered on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California to celebrate the opening of a community hall intended for meetings, language classes, judo lessons and social events. To mark the occasion, they lined up for a group photograph in front of the new building […]

Contentious redistricting process leaves S.F.’s J-Town relatively unscathed

San Francisco’s nine-member Redistricting Task Force has made headlines during its final weeks of deliberation in April, but the city’s Japantown has largely stayed out of the spotlight, despite sitting on the border of the heavily impacted District 5. Every decade, the city must redraw its 11 supervisorial districts based on the latest U.S. Census […]

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