COVID-19 test site opens in Oakland Chinatown with services in 12 languages

OAKLAND, Calif. — A multicultural community COVID-19 testing site offering services in a dozen Asian languages, including Chinese, Tagalog and Mongolian, conducted its first tests in Oakland’s Chinatown on Aug. 18, community leaders said. The testing site in Madison Park at 810 Jackson St. is open to everyone whether or not someone identifies as Asian […]

SF: Police arrest 2nd suspect connected to July Chinatown robbery that injured 2

San Francisco police on Jan. 24 announced that they had arrested a second suspect connected to a violent Chinatown robbery back in July that left two men injured. On Jan. 22, officers arrested 20-year-old Akeem Smith of Sacramento on suspicion of battery, assault, robbery and elder abuse. Smith was already being held in Alameda County […]

Name of Burnett Middle School to change amid claims of racism; ‘Korematsu’ one of seven finalists

SAN JOSE — Burnett Middle School in San Jose will vote to change its name this week following a controversy over its current namesake, Peter Burnett, who championed racist policies as the first governor of California from 1849 to 1851. Community members began the process of removing Burnett’s name from the school in February, citing […]

Edwin Lee remembered fondly as S.F. mayor and activist

News of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Mah Lee’s death spread quickly early the morning of Dec. 12. Lee collapsed while shopping for groceries late Dec. 11 and was rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital before he was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m. He was 65. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein eulogized Lee during the Dec. […]

Coalition opposes Athletics’ plan to build new stadium

OAKLAND, Calif. — A coalition of neighborhood groups, small business owners and Laney College students and faculty said Sept. 19 that it opposes the Oakland Athletics’ plan to build a new baseball stadium near Laney. Members of the “Stay the Right Way Coalition” said at a news conference and rally that the project, which they […]

Man who robbed elderly victims sentenced to 327-years-to life in prison

A 60-year-old man has been sentenced to 327-years-to-life in prison for a series of violent residential burglaries that targeted the elderly in San Francisco’s Chinatown and Japantown neighborhoods in 2014, prosecutors said Sept. 6. German Woods Jr., of San Francisco, was found guilty on all 16 counts of residential burglary, inflicting injury on an elder […]

Longtime Chinatown community leader, activist dies at age of 68

Longtime San Francisco Chinatown activist Rose Pak died Sept. 18 at the age of 68, according to city officials. Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement, “This is a great loss to the city as a whole, and the Chinese community in particular — a community that Rose served, supported and fought for, often fiercely, […]

A ‘twisted trip’ filled with ‘raunchy comedy and poignant tenderness’

The Confessions of a Number One Son: The Great Chinese American Novel  By Frank Chin, edited by Calvin McMillin (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2015, 280 pp., $24, paperback, $45 cloth) Calvin McMillin is to be commended for breathing life into a long-lost novel by Frank Chin, a writer who has been instrumental in shaping […]

Book sheds light on San Jose Japantown’s rich history and culture

Fifteen years ago, San Jose Japantown community members began working on a project to create a virtual reality tour of the ethnic enclave. Over the years, the lead team members brought in others to support the project, and its scope expanded and evolved accordingly. Fast forward to this fall, with the upcoming release of “San […]

Robber who targeted elderly Asian residents arrested

Police have arrested a man believed to have committed multiple robberies and burglaries in San Francisco’s Japantown and Chinatown in the past few months. German Woods, a 57-year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested July 13 on suspicion of committing multiple robberies and burglaries in those neighborhoods since April, police said. Woods was believed to be […]

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