RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Painful reminders of the past and present

Ah, the good news. The Warriors are on a winning streak, and they are so much fun to watch. We can watch some incredible athletes perform on the court and cheer them on a couple of times a week — what a respite from the news. We can forget about COVID, the threats to our democratic […]

Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success

TOKYO — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low. The bars are packed, the trains are crowded, and the mood […]

Kotome’s sustainable Asian American threads

Last year, when time seemed to slow to a halt and no one was sure how long the uncertainty and fear would last, two friends a world apart set out to make something sustainable and timeless, and they called it Kotome. Marketed as an environmentally conscious luxury clothing brand, Kotome is the brainchild of East […]

More than 9,000 anti-Asian incidents since pandemic began

The frequency of anti-Asian incidents — from taunts to outright assaults — reported in the United States so far this year seems poised to surpass last year despite months of political and social activism, according to a new report released Aug. 12. Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that became the authority on gathering data […]

For a summer of fun and friendship, let’s vaccinate all youth 12+

When the COVID-19 pandemic led to prolonged shutdowns here in San Francisco, all of us had to find a new normal, working and going to school from home, ordering takeout and delivery from our favorite restaurants, and video chatting with friends and family. Now that our state has reopened, my organization, the Japanese Community Youth […]

Report: Hate crime laws lack uniformity across the U.S.

NEW YORK — More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are inconsistent and provide incomplete methods for addressing bias-motivated violence, according to a new report by advocates for better protections. The report, first shared with The Associated Press ahead of its July 28 release, is a comprehensive […]

Man pleads guilty to 4 Asian spa killings, sentenced to life

CANTON, Ga. — A man accused of killing eight people, mostly women of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area massage businesses pleaded guilty to murder July 27 in four of the killings and was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Robert Aaron Long, 22, still faces the death penalty in the other deaths, […]

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