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SJ: Police conclude year-long investigation with arrests of three suspects for multiple robberies and hate crimes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A year-long multi-jurisdictional investigation involving a criminal team of robbers targeting victims of Asian descent has culminated with the arrest of three suspects, a San Jose police spokesperson announced the afternoon of Sept. 17. The San Jose Police Department’s robbery unit, with the assistance of the department’s covert response unit and […]

MUFG to sell most of American unit Union Bank to U.S. Bancorp

TOKYO ­— Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. said Sept. 21 it will sell most of its American banking unit MUFG Union Bank to U.S. Bancorp in a deal worth around $17.6 billion. MUFG Union Bank’s operations for corporate customers will be transferred to the major Japanese financial group and all of the bank’s shares will […]

City slows down process to pursue S.F. Japantown hotel for permanent housing

As pressure from San Francisco Japantown community members mounts, the city has emphasized its intent to slow down the proposal to purchase the Kimpton Buchanan Hotel at 1800 Sutter St. introduced mid-August, while the city supervisor whose district includes the ethnic enclave proposed two other hotels to purchase. San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive […]

Young Sikhs still struggle with post-Sept. 11 discrimination

MESA, Ariz. — Sikh entrepreneur Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed at his Arizona gas station four days after the Sept. 11 attacks by a man who declared he was “going to go out and shoot some towel-heads” and mistook him for an Arab Muslim. Young Sikh Americans still struggle a generation later with the discrimination […]

AG Bonta meets with city leaders for 1st of several statewide discussions to prevent hate crimes

California Attorney General Rob Bonta met with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Police Chief Bill Scott, and community leaders on Sept. 9 in the city’s Visitacion Valley to have a discussion on hate crimes. The event was the first in a series of roundtable discussions being held by Bonta with leaders throughout the state, focusing […]

Japanese national who worked in SJ found dead in Grand Teton National Park

A man found dead on a mountain climbing route in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming over the weekend has been identified as a Japanese national who worked in San Jose, according to the National Park Service. Hitoshi Onoe, 42, was found Sept. 4 by park rangers at the base of the Black Chimney climbing […]

S.F. proposal to purchase of Buchanan Hotel to convert into housing draws fire

The city of San Francisco shocked many within its Japantown community by announcing plans to buy one of two tourist hotels located in the ethnic enclave in order to convert it into permanent supportive housing. “I was shocked, but I was also pissed that something like this would happen, and that it would be fast-tracked,” […]

Activists campaign to protect seniors from eviction

LOS ANGELES — Save Our Seniors Network, a community activist group dedicated to protecting the welfare of the Nikkei residents of nursing facilities and retirement homes, campaigned to stop the evictions of senior citizens from Pacifica-owned Sakura Intermediate Care Facility, as well as their transfer into Pacifica’s previously COVID-infected nursing homes. Nevertheless, according to the […]

Police arrest man who allegedly attacked woman in Chinatown

Police in San Francisco arrested a man on Aug. 27 in the city’s Chinatown after he allegedly pushed an Asian woman into the street for no apparent reason, causing the woman to hit her head. According to police, the attack happened just before 8 a.m. in the 600 block of Kearny Street. The suspect allegedly […]

S.F. initiative that uses art to combat AAPI hate receives $1 mil. in state funding

California Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, on Aug. 23 announced $1 million in state funding for an initiative that aims to raise awareness about racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The funding, provided through a state budget grant, will support the ‘We the Future’ initiative, which works to empower AAPI communities and […]

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