S.F. Rec and Park Commission approves renaming Julius Kahn Playground

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission on Sept. 19 voted unanimously to rename a park whose previous namesake was a local congressman who was instrumental in extending a racist law more than a century ago. Julius Kahn Playground, located at West Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street in the Presidio Heights neighborhood, will now be […]

S.F. Park Commission committee recommends new name for Julius Kahn Playground

A San Francisco parks commission committee recommended Sept. 5 a new name for Julius Kahn Playground, park department officials said. The operations committee for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission recommended Presidio Wall Playground as the new name. Last year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to change the name of the playground. […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Let’s get into the struggle

What a year this is turning out to be. There is so much uncertainty that I feel at a loss for words to address the situation that our country is in. One thing is becoming clear: Americans are alarmed, taking to the streets and speaking up in surprising ways. And we Asian Americans are also […]

Diverse communities condemn ‘Muslim Ban’

Jan. 27, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President (Donald) Trump issued an executive order banning immigrants and refugees from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The executive order blocks nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries — Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq — from entering the United States, suspends all refugees admissions […]

Obama urges fight against bigotry, cites wartime Japanese American incarceration

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama called Dec. 15 for a continued fight against discrimination and bigotry, citing the country’s unfair past treatment of some Europeans and Chinese, as well as the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. Obama made the remarks at an event in Washington as popular Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump faced mounting […]

State high court grants posthumous law license to Chinese-born lawyer who was rejected in 1890

After denying a Chinese-born lawyer a law license 125 years ago, the California Supreme Court on March 16 reversed itself and posthumously admitted him to the State Bar. The seven-member court, in a ruling issued in San Francisco, unanimously granted Hong Yen Chang his law license to correct what the court called “a grievous wrong.” […]

NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans on Angel Island

The Oct. 4, 2014 Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage — presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation in partnership with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and National Japanese American Historical Society — sparked a lot of interest among Japanese Americans in their potential Angel Island roots, either immigrant ancestors or those who may have been briefly […]

A trip through Chinese American history

ESCAPE TO GOLD MOUNTAIN: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE CHINESE IN NORTH AMERICA By David H.T. Wong (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012, 256 pp., $19.95, paperback) The Chinese American experience goes back nearly two centuries in history. They faced many instances of racial discrimination, most notably blatant racist laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act. […]

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