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White House Initiative on AAPIs: Key Facts and Figures

Total U.S.: Population is 307 million; 13.2 percent live in poverty; 4.2 percent are unemployed; 15.0 percent haven’t graduated high school; 28.5 percent have only a high school degree; 28.8 percent have some college education; 17.5 percent have a bachelor’s degree; 10.2 percent have a graduate or professional degree. Asian American: Population is 15.5 million; […]

Spring Kunsho Recipients

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco on April 28 announced the recipients of the 2010 Spring Conferment of Decoration.Among the recipients of the kunsho, or medals of honor from the Japanese government, are: • Kayoko Fujimoto, an ikebana teacher from San Leandro, Calif., who is being bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, […]

Obama Names Asian Americans to U.S. Court

WASHINGTON — President Obama on April 21 nominated Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi and Edmond E. Chang to United States District Court judgeships. Kobayashi, a nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i, serves as a U.S. magistrate judge for the District of Hawai‘i, a position she has held since 1999. Prior to […]

San Francisco Presents Heritage Awards for Leadership, Community Impact, Lifetime Achievement

The winners of the 2010 Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards were announced at San Francisco’s annual official celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 3 at the Herbst Theater. Both the 2010 award recipients and the finalists received a commendation from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 4. The recipients are: […]

CSUS Celebrates 40th Anniv. of Ethnic Studies

SACRAMENTO — California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) honored eight of its former and present faculty in the 40th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Ethnic Studies Department at the Alumni Visitor’s Center on April 27. Nearly 300 friends, family and associates of the program attended the event, many of them seeing each other in […]

City, Community Leaders Convene Over Racial Tensions

(Bay City News Service) — A series of recent highly publicized crimes in San Francisco involving Chinese victims have heightened tensions between the Asian and black communities, prompting city leaders on April 26 to call for a more proactive approach to community policing and outreach from the city. Following a lengthy meeting at City Hall […]

Wartime Nikkei Students Still Being Sought for Honorary Degrees from Universities, Colleges

The California Nisei College Diploma Project is still looking to identify Nikkei who are eligible to benefit from Assembly Bill 37 (AB 37). More than 2,500 students of Japanese descent were enrolled at California institutions of higher education in 1942, with the majority being Nisei. AB 37 became law on Oct. 11, 2009 and required […]

Man Beaten in Downtown Oakland Attack Dies

OAKLAND (Bay City News Service) — The wife of a 59-year-old San Francisco man who died April 20 following a brutal attack in Oakland last week remembered her husband as “a normal person like you and me who was always a happy person with a sense of humor.” Speaking to about 250 people at a […]

Laid-Off Workers at Toyota-GM Venture Feel Betrayed

FREMONT, Calif. — Workers have expressed grave disappointment in General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. after the closing of their joint venture in California left 4,700 without jobs. After some 25 years of operation, the last Toyota Corolla car came off the assembly line at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. April 1. The equally […]

Political Pioneer: The First Asian American Governor

NJAHS annual awards dinner keynote speaker Governor George Ariyoshi became the third governor of Hawai‘i in 1974, promoted from lieutenant governor after the sitting Governor John Burns had to step down due to illness. He became the first Asian American and Japanese American governor in America, and also the first Hawai‘i-born governor of the state. […]

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