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American activist seriously injured in shooting in the Philippines airlifted back to SF

A San Francisco man seriously injured in a shooting in the Philippines back in August is back home with his family after he was able to flee the country with the help of the U.S. embassy. San Francisco native and environmental activist Brandon Lee arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Oct. 25 after he […]

San Francisco elects Paul Miyamoto sheriff

Paul Miyamoto has been elected San Francisco’s new sheriff in the Nov. 5 election. According to the Bay Area Reporter, he will become the first Asian American sheriff in California. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy is retiring, which opened up the position. Lt. Ron Terry, who initially ran against Miyamoto for the position, withdrew from the race […]

Santa Rosa man dies after PG&E power shut-off

Gerald Niimi, who was originally from Hawai‘i, 75, passed away in his sleep in the aftermath of one of the PG&E Bay Area power shut-offs on Oct. 15, according to The Press Democrat. He had been using oxygen machines to breathe due to a diagnosis of lung disease, the news outlet reported. PG&E spokeswoman, Deanna […]

Remains found may be Manzanar inmate

Skeletal remains discovered by hikers near Mount Williamson on Oct. 7 could be that of a Manzanar, Calif. concentration camp prisoner who disappeared July 29, 1945, while hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Associated Press reported. In the closing days of World War II, a man from Manzanar had joined other Japanese American […]

Keiro Northwest closes its Seattle nursing facility

Keiro Northwest, Seattle’s largest and oldest Asian Pacific Islander senior care program, recently closed its main nursing facility and other programs for senior citizens after a decade of declining revenues and changes in the nation’s health care system. Founded 41 years ago by Japanese Americans to care for their elderly in a culturally sensitive and […]

Reflecting on 50 years of ethnic studies at where it all started

Over the course of five months, from November 1968 to March 1969, protesters from the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front chanted, “On strike, shut it down!” The protesters wanted to expose the autocracy and issues of racism found on the university campus. They also wanted a more inclusive environment for people […]

90% of homes flooded in typhoon ineligible for gov’t support

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Flooding at levels of less than 1 meter made up more than 90 percent of the approximately 68,000 homes damaged by the destructive Typhoon Hagibis, the government said Oct. 23, making the homeowners unlikely to receive financial support under current law. In cases of water damage, the law on financial assistance to […]

Pilgrimage remembers 150 years after Wakamatsu Colony established

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Along a curved dirt path, sat a historical white farmhouse site surrounded by patches of green grass. The site was the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony farmhouse. Inside, the historic site contained photos and informational graphics about the first Japanese colony in the United States that were on view for the […]

Census experts, youth advocates tackle getting California’s kids counted: Contest enlists students’ help in getting their families counted, too

With millions of dollars of federal funding on the line statewide, a gathering of youth serving organizations, community activists, city and census officials and ethnic media met to brainstorm how to ensure that the youngest members of the population — especially kids 4 and younger — get counted in the 2020 census next year. “The […]

Hiroshima survivor trees planted at S.F.’s Japanese Tea Garden

Two saplings, descendants of ginkgo biloba trees that survived the 1945 nuclear blast over Hiroshima, were planted Sept. 20 at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The trees were planted during a ceremony that also honored former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Dame Charlotte Malliard Shultz for their advocacy around nuclear […]

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