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Anti-Asian hate ‘runs the gamut,’ racist Yelp reviews show

WASHINGTON — As if running a restaurant during a pandemic wasn’t tough enough, Christopher Wong also had to contend with a racist troll. “I will not have my dog eat in this place because they might cook him,” read the Yelp review of Wong’s eatery, the Curry Up Cafe in suburban Los Angeles. “The owner […]

S.F. J-Town security guard murdered

A community mourns Gavin Aaron Boston, a 40-year-old security guard shot dead Jan. 4 outside the Kinokuniya Building under the Webster Street Bridge in San Francisco’s Japantown. The murder has shaken the local community despite the prompt arrest of two minors in relation to the slaying. Boston, who had started working in Japantown last November, […]

S.F. J-Town mural team narrows down nominees for depiction amid criticisms

As the San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League works to further its plans for a mural commemorating the history of the city’s Japantown, community members gathered for the fourth installment in a series of meetings. The latest community meeting, focusing on the selection process of notable figures from the ethnic enclave to […]

University: Student stabbed on bus because she is Asian

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) — A 56-year-old woman has been charged after an 18-year-old Indiana University student repeatedly was stabbed in the head on a public bus in an attack the school says was because the victim is Asian. The victim told investigators she was standing and waiting for the exit doors to open on a […]

Mountain View police chief Chris Hsiung announces move to undersheriff

Mountain View Police Chief Chris Hsiung announced Dec. 20 he is leaving to be the new undersheriff for San Mateo County. Hsiung served with the Mountain View Police Department for nearly 28 years, moving up the ranks to become chief in December 2020 when former Chief Max Bosel retired. Mountain View police on Dec. 19 […]

SF: 17-year-old arrested in Muni attack that injured elderly woman

Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy who allegedly kicked an elderly woman as he was getting off a Muni bus last month in San Francisco’s Japantown. Video of the incident showed the 79-year-old woman boarding the 38 Line coach at Geary Boulevard and Laguna Street at about 11:20 a.m. on Dec. 3, and the suspect […]

LISA MOTOYAMA: El Cerrito’s first Japanese American mayor

Despite a long history of Japanese Americans living and working in El Cerrito, Calif., the city of 26,000 has never had a Japanese American mayor. On Dec. 20, however, City Councilmember Lisa Motoyama succeeded Councilmember Gabe Quinto to become mayor of the city for a one-year term. Originally from Gardena, Calif., Motoyama is a Yonsei […]

San Ramon: Suspect in racist rant at fast-food restaurant arrested

SAN RAMON — Police said Dec. 26 they have arrested a Denver man suspected of a racist and homophobic rant against two people at a San Ramon fast-food restaurant on Christmas Eve. Jordan Douglas Krah, 40, allegedly harassed the diners at the In-N-Out Burger on San Ramon Valley Boulevard as they were filming themselves trying […]

San Jose is no. 1 metro Area for immigrants

San Jose tops the list of U.S. metro areas where immigrants look for a better life. That’s according to a study released this month from the George W. Bush Institute that shows immigrants thrive in technology centers. San Jose is categorized as a fast-growing suburban area within a large metro region that draws immigrants from […]

6 treated for possible overdoses on Christmas Day at Japantown home

Emergency crews treated six people on Christmas Day for possible drug overdoses at a home in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood. Firefighters responded at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 25 to a home in the 1700 block of Post Street, according to San Francisco Fire Capt. Jonathan Baxter. Five people found at the home were hospitalized — two […]

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