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South Koreans grieve over death of ‘comfort women’ campaigner

SEOUL — Many South Koreans gathered in Seoul on Jan. 30 to mourn the death of Kim Bok Dong, a human rights activist and a symbolic figure among those who were forced to work as “comfort women” in Japan’s wartime military brothels. Kim, who died Jan. 28 aged 92, had traveled to various places in […]

Nikkei arrested for allegedly stalking woman and setting cars on fire

Ontario, Calif. police arrested Matthew Masumi Toyotome, 27, of Riverside, Calif. on the morning of Jan. 13 for allegedly stalking a woman and torching her car, along with six other vehicles in the early morning hours that day. The fire was intended for a former friend of Toyotome, who turned down his romantic advances. Ontario […]

Little Tokyo supporters wary of rail construction, gentrification

LOS ANGELES — The Metro Regional Connector rail line, slated to run through Little Tokyo upon completion in 2021, has raised concerns among people who care about the ethnic Japanese enclave’s survival and want to protect the 134-year-old neighborhood from the negative effects of gentrification. Metro’s project, now under construction, will bring three new underground […]

New exhibit on WWII incarceration taking shape at M.I.S. Historic Learning Center

The National Japanese American Historical Society recently announced the completion of a new simulated horse stall barrack at its “Dislocation and Divergence: Real Stories of E. O. 9066” permanent installation at the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center, located at Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco. Following the signing of Executive Order 9066 […]

Census confidentiality concerns worry activists

As the Census Bureau prepares for its 2020 count, concerns about new plans to question respondents about their citizenship status have taken center stage. But now, civil rights activists and others focused on the importance of ensuring a full and accurate tally of everybody living in the United States are also worried that current administrators […]

SF: Mayor Ed Lee remembered on 1-year anniversary of death

San Francisco city officials celebrated the life of the late Mayor Ed Lee with a lively ceremony Dec. 12 at City Hall on the one-year anniversary of his death. Standing at the mayor’s balcony inside City Hall, the same spot where Lee himself delivered countless speeches, Mayor London Breed described Lee as a humble leader. […]

Community celebrates ‘Frida Kahlo Way’ street signs at City College of S.F.

Community members gathered Dec. 7 to celebrate the unveiling of the Frida Kahlo Way street signs in San Francisco, according to the office of Supervisor Norman Yee. Frida Kahlo Way is not a new street, rather the new name for Phelan Way, the address of City College of San Francisco. The street is changing names […]

Faith group vows to hold monthly vigils to denounce deportations

Immigration activists crowded along the sidewalk outside the San Francisco U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office Dec. 14 to kick off what they said will be monthly vigils demanding an end to detentions and deportations. Members with the group Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, which is made up of faith leaders, activists, and the families […]

Research shows third citizen isolation center, at Tulelake

During World War II, the United States government had established three, not two citizen isolation centers as previously thought, according to groundbreaking research being conducted on an upcoming book on the Tule Lake War Relocation Authority (WRA)/Segregation Center by Roger Daniels, emeritus history professor and pioneer scholar in Japanese American history and Barbara Takei, an […]

Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese

LOS ANGELES — The Kansas Department of Revenue has ceased issuing vehicle license plates that contain the letters “JAP” after a Californian man complained about a plate carrying the word, which was popularized as a derogatory term for Japanese during and after World War II. “The Division of Vehicles is restricting the use of ‘J […]

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