San Jose JA political icon remembered in hometown memorial

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Stuart Mineta recounted as a child becoming frustrated with his attempt to draw a model airplane, so he asked his father to draw it for him. As he often did, Norman Mineta took the time to focus his attention on the task at hand. Family and political leaders shared memories and […]

Japanese house and gardens vandalized in Philadelphia

The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia was vandalized the evening of June 15, Rob Buscher, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia’s associate director of organizational culture, told the Nichi Bei Weekly. A mural by artist Hiroshi Senju that is valued at just under $2 million is among the items that were damaged. […]

Supervising ministers feel burden from shortage

Nationwide, more than 60 churches and temples affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America serve thousands of adherents to the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, but with many of its clergy members at retirement age, the network of churches is encountering a shortage of ministers further exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. “Even before the pandemic, […]

Court says ban on same-sex marriage constitutional

TOKYO — A Japanese court ruled June 20 that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated. The Osaka District Court ruling is the second decision on the issue, and disagrees with […]

Detroit honors Vincent Chin, Asian American killed in 1982

DETROIT — Decades before Chinese immigrant Yao Pan Ma was attacked while collecting cans in New York and Thai American Vicha Ratanapakdee was fatally assaulted in San Francisco, Vincent Chin was beaten to death with a baseball bat in Detroit by two white men who never served jail time. Forty years later — and amid […]

S.F. man to stand trial in death of Thai man, 84

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco man accused of killing an 84-year-old Thai grandfather in an attack that galvanized Asian Americans and helped spur a successful recall of the city’s liberal prosecutor was ordered to stand trial, a judge ruled June 17. The assault on Vicha Ratanapakdee in January 2021 further crushed Asians in […]

Spy agencies’ focus on China could snare Chinese Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. intelligence agencies ramp up their efforts against China, top officials acknowledge they may also end up collecting more phone calls and emails from Chinese Americans, raising new concerns about spying affecting civil liberties. A new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence makes several recommendations, including expanding […]

Mentally ill Nikkei woman falls through the cracks multiple times

Fourteen years after the San Francisco Police Department shot a mentally ill woman who was having a schizo-affective episode, she was recently released from a hospital stay and has since settled into a “temporary” home. Her family, however, remains concerned about how she will live out the rest of her life after falling through the […]

HISTORIC GRAVESTONE: Conservancy considers donating artifact

The American River Conservancy is contemplating whether to donate an invaluable Japanese American artifact or keep it under its care. Over the course of two months, Japanese Americans, historians and other stakeholders have weighed in on the potential fate of a gravestone commemorating the first Japanese person to be buried on U.S. soil. According to […]

Sonoma State president resigns amid sexual harassment scandal

Sonoma State University President Judy Sakaki announced June 7 that she’s resigning from the presidency effectively July 31. Her resignation follows faculty criticism for how she handled sexual harassment allegations by a former university administrator against her husband, Patrick McCallum. “Serving as Sonoma State President has truly been an honor. After thoughtful reflection and discussions […]

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