Fresno farmer reinterprets shame and disability through ‘Secret Harvests’

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — David Mas Masumoto called it a “parallel universe.” The Fresno, Calif.-based peach farmer and writer had thought he knew his world, but when his path converged with his thought-to-be dead aunt in 2010, he embarked on his deepest journey of reflection yet on history, shame and disability. Masumoto’s latest memoir, “Secret Harvest: […]

Santa Clara Co.: DA adds hate crime enhancements to 3 men charged with armed robbery

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office will be adding hate crime enhancements to charges against three men arrested April 17 on suspicion of a string of armed robberies in Palo Alto and Milpitas, alleging that they exclusively targeted Asian people, prosecutors said April 20. Siahola J’lan Tupouata, 18, Tavita Lauti Fifita, 21, and Curtis […]

Japan PM Kishida unhurt after explosives attack during campaigning

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was unhurt after a man threw a cylindrical object which exploded ahead of a stump speech he was due to make during his visit to western Japan on April 15, less than a year after a former premier was fatally shot during election campaigning. Kishida immediately left by […]

S.F.: Man arrested, charged for alleged hate crimes, battery on Muni bus

A man has been arrested and charged for alleged hate crimes on a Muni bus in San Francisco in February, police and prosecutors said. Joseph Benjamin, 44, was charged with four counts of battery on a transit employee or passenger as well as three counts of violations of individuals’ civil rights for the alleged attacks, […]

S.F.: 21-Gun salute, flyovers commemorate 81st anniversary of Bataan Death March

A 21-gun salute rang out and planes roared over the Presidio in a ceremony April 15 commemorating the 81st anniversary of the Bataan Death March. Organized by the Bay Area-based Bataan Legacy Historical Society, the event was held in remembrance of the infamous World War II massacre in the Philippines. The Bataan Death March was […]

Hannah KC Mukai crowned 2023 Cherry Blossom queen

Though the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival moved its Queen Program out of Japantown to the Cowell Theater at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture April 8, the event maintained its focus on crowning the next queen and court who will represent Northern California’s Japanese American community for the next year. The […]

California high schools are adding hundreds of ethnic studies classes. Are teachers prepared?

California high school students will be required to pass an ethnic studies class to graduate, starting with the class of 2030. That means the state needs lots of new ethnic studies teachers. But do educators need a special credential to teach ethnic studies? Some ethnic studies advocates say allowing any social science teacher to instruct […]

California reparations amount, if any, left to politicians

SAN FRANCISCO — The leader of California’s first-in-the-nation reparations task force on March 29 said it won’t take a stance on how much the state should compensate Black residents whom economists estimate may be owed more than $800 billion for decades of over-policing, disproportionate incarceration and housing discrimination. The $800 billion is more than 2.5 […]

SJ: 2 arrested on suspicion of multiple strong-arm robberies of the AAPI community

Police in San Jose arrested two men March 30 on suspicion of multiple strong-arm robberies that appear to target the Asian American/Pacific Islander community, according to an announcement April 3 from the department. Between Feb. 24 and March 29, detectives in San Jose investigated a string of strong-armed robberies and identified suspects. Officers issued search […]

Japanese Institute of Sawtelle: Honoring its past with a vision toward the future

LOS ANGELES — Nearly 100 years ago, an Issei named Gisuke Sakamoto founded the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle, and began teaching the Japanese language to four students out of his house in West Los Angeles. This was in 1925, and today, Gisuke’s grandson, Randy Sakamoto, is keeping his grandfather’s flame alive by helping to raise […]