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Trump effect: Mid-terms a turning point for Asian American voters

The 2018 mid-terms marked the pivotal moment when Asian Americans made a difference — as voters, candidates and historic winners. An Ethnic Media Services survey of Asian American voter turnout and growing involvement in the political process reveals the surging significance of these major ethnic groups’ participation in elections in various states. With a history […]

Rise in hate crimes connected to Trump rhetoric, DA Gascon says

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon connected Nov. 13 anti-immigrant rhetoric made by President Donald Trump to a rise in hate crimes last year in the U.S. According to the FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistic report, released Nov. 13, in 2017 the number of hate crimes nationwide increased by 17 percent compared to the previous […]

Complaint filed against Samsung for alleged religious discrimination against Muslim man

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint against Samsung on behalf of a Muslim man who alleges religious discrimination during a job interview at the company in 2017, CAIR said Oct. 25. The man interviewed at the company in Menlo Park in October of last year and was allegedly asked inappropriate questions regarding […]

Man convicted of ‘catfishing’ students in Gilroy arrested for alleged sex crime

CAMPBELL, Calif. — A man who has previously been convicted of catfishing students while teaching in Gilroy was arrested Oct. 16 in Campbell for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a minor, police said. Douglas Le, 27, allegedly met a minor on the “Grindr” dating application with the intent of having a sexual relationship in […]

San Mateo Supes appoint new county poet laureate

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has appointed the county’s third-ever poet laureate and its first who is an Asian American, county officials said. San Mateo resident Aileen Cassinetto was appointed Oct. 23 to the honorary role, which involves celebrating and elevating poetry around the county. The position was created in 2013 and Caroline […]

Japan confirms journalist held in Syria for 3 years released safe

TOKYO  — Japan confirmed Oct. 24 that freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who went missing more than three years ago in Syria, has been released and is safely in a Turkish immigration facility, adding that he would be brought home at the earliest opportunity. “I have received a report that he is speaking normally to (Japanese) […]

Osaka mayor terminates sister city ties with S.F. over ‘comfort women’ memorial

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura terminated his city’s sister city ties with San Francisco over the “Comfort Women” Column of Strength memorial installed on the St. Mary’s Square Annex in the city’s Chinatown. The Oct. 2 decision comes a few weeks after the “Comfort Women” Justice Coalition, the monument’s proponents, celebrated the one-year anniversary of the […]

U.S. base opponent wins Okinawa governor race

NAHA, Japan — Antibase candidate Denny Tamaki, a former opposition lawmaker, won the Okinawa gubernatorial election Sept. 30 in a major setback for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has been pushing forward with the contentious relocation of a U.S. military facility within the southern prefecture. Tamaki, a 58-year-old radio personality-turned-politician, garnered a […]

Japanese Canadians reflect on hurt, redress and question of identity

TOKYO — Thirty years after the Canadian government formally apologized over the incarceration and expulsion of citizens of Japanese ancestry following the outbreak of World War II, those affected still carry painful memories of discrimination and hardship. Over the years, many have questioned their identity and tried their best to blend in wherever they have […]

Benicia man arrested on suspicion of rapes in six counties over 27 years

A Benicia, Calif. man who worked for 25 years at the University of California, Berkeley was arrested Sept. 20 in Berkeley on suspicion of sexually assaulting 10 women in at least six counties between 1991 and 2006. Law enforcement agencies and district attorneys from the counties announced the arrest of Roy Charles Waller, 58, allegedly […]

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