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Police arrest man suspected in theft of golden retriever from S.F. J-Town

Officers have arrested a man accused of stealing a Golden Retriever last month from outside a storefront in San Francisco’s Japantown, police said July 25. Police have identified the man as 53-year-old Le Van Loc of San Francisco. Loc is suspected of stealing the dog, Lily, from the 1700 block of Post Street on July […]

Japanese American Citizens League considers apology to Tule Lake resisters

Nearly two decades after passing a resolution addressing its past skeletons, a national Japanese American organization is once again set to confront its controversial actions during the war. The National Council of the Japanese American Citizens League plans to discuss a resolution to apologize to the Tule Lake resisters at the 50th JACL National Convention […]

150 years later, Wakamatsu colony comes back to life

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — The sun-burnt foothills of Gold Hill outside Placerville came alive June 8 with silk spinners, tea makers, flute players, priests and even a prince from Aizu Wakamatsu. They joined hundreds of history buffs from Japan, California and beyond to celebrate the 150th anniversary of America’s first Japanese outpost, the short-lived but much-revered […]

Japanese Americans, others protest immigration detention at former WWII prison camp

LAWTON, Okla. — On June 22, Japanese Americans, Native Americans and immigrant rights advocates joined together to protest immigration detention at Fort Sill, the former site of a World War II prison camp for people of Japanese ancestry. Groups organized in response to the news that the Trump administration plans to incarcerate 1,400 migrant children […]

‘We need numbers to tell our story’: Reversing census undercount in Indian Country

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Fear, distrust and even anger at the federal government are among the obstacles the 2020 Census must overcome to reach an accurate count, especially of immigrants and communities of color, most experts agree. For Native Americans, the ethnic group with the highest undercount of any defined by the Census Bureau, these obstacles […]

Man arrested for alleged hate crime

FREMONT, Calif. — A 55 year old homeless man was arrested in Fremont early June 20 after he allegedly assaulted three passersby with a deadly weapon. Two victims called 911 at midnight, reporting an assault in the 39800 block of Sundale Drive. The caller said a homeless man was throwing rocks at his friend for […]

Police warn Mandarin-speaking community about scam involving fake gold

Police on June 28 sent a warning to San Francisco’s Mandarin-speaking community, asking them to be on the lookout for a scam involving the promise of ancient Chinese artifacts. According to police, recently a group of suspects were able to gain the trust of a business owner and convinced him they had unearthed valuable artifacts […]

SJ: 5 Dead in South SJ murder suicide identified

SAN JOSE — Five people who died in a South San Jose murder-suicide June 23 were identified June 27 by the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office. The victims were shot and killed by 66-year-old man Chi Dinh Ta. They are 51-year-old woman Le Thuy Hoang of Milpitas, and 23-year-old woman Thanh Hoa Hoang, 42-year-old […]

Japanese Americans say ‘never again’ to plan to detain migrant children

LOS ANGELES — Japanese Americans who claim the Trump administration is repeating the history of Japanese American incarceration during World War II, will on June 22 protest the detention of young migrants who were taken into U.S. custody after crossing the border from Mexico with no legal status. The Fort Sill army base in Lawton, […]

Asian Americans push for representation at Smithsonian Institute

LOS ANGELES — More than 20 years after its founding as a diversity initiative, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is working to create a permanent Washington exhibit space where visitors can learn about the contributions Americans of Asia-Pacific descent have made to their country. Hollywood celebrities and politicians representing the Asian Pacific American community […]

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