Anti-Asian hate ‘runs the gamut,’ racist Yelp reviews show

WASHINGTON — As if running a restaurant during a pandemic wasn’t tough enough, Christopher Wong also had to contend with a racist troll. “I will not have my dog eat in this place because they might cook him,” read the Yelp review of Wong’s eatery, the Curry Up Cafe in suburban Los Angeles. “The owner […]

Countering misinformation on COVID-19 boosters among parents and seniors

More than one million people in the U.S. have died due to COVID-19. And yet, as of Nov. 16, only 32.4% of eligible seniors in California have been vaccinated and received their bivalent booster, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website. As of Nov. 16, 12.9% of Asian Americans have received the […]

Tourists flock to Japan after COVID restrictions lifted

TOKYO — Eager to admire colorful foliage, eat sushi and go shopping, droves of tourists from abroad started arriving Oct. 11 in Japan for the first day of lifted border restrictions, which had been in place for more than two years to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Travelers are expected to deliver a sorely needed 5 […]

WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse put on leave

LONDON — The World Health Organization’s top director in the Western Pacific, Dr. Takeshi Kasai, has been indefinitely removed from his post, according to internal correspondence obtained by The Associated Press. Kasai’s removal comes months after an AP investigation revealed that dozens of staffers accused him of racist, abusive and unethical behavior that undermined the […]

Assemblymember Matt Haney, community leaders respond to rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

Backed by community leaders, Assemblymember Matt Haney and representatives from California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s Office highlighted the 177.5 percent increase in reported anti-Asian hate crimes at a press conference July 1. Bonta released the 2021 Hate Crime in California Report on June 28, which revealed that reported hate crimes statewide increased by 32.6 percent […]

Clergy of color face unprecedented mental health challenges

About two years ago, when coronavirus cases began to peak in her impoverished San Antonio neighborhood, the Rev. Norma Fuentes-Quintero found herself taking on an additional duty — helping congregants deal with anxiety. The pastor, who leads El Templo Cristiano Assembly of God, which is largely Latino, has spent hours with one congregant in particular […]

Fighting back against anti-Asian hate

After being a victim of what she described as an anti-Asian verbal incident in August 2020 in Los Angeles that went viral online, Hong Lee decided to take action for the Asian American community. After taking a self-defense class at Box for Change, Los Angeles, Lee began talking to a few friends about how they […]

Pioneering NYC taiko group Soh Daiko continues to transform itself

It’s another snowy Saturday afternoon in New York, but this has not kept members of taiko group Soh Daiko from holding their normal practice. As the days relentlessly beat toward their Carnegie Hall citywide performance at the end of March, members follow hours of drills and practice with a run through of their performance, energetically […]

For Asian American women, Olympics reveal a harsh duality

BEIJING (AP) — Across two pandemic Olympics set in Asian countries, Asian American women fronting the Games have encountered a whiplashing duality — prized on the global stage for their medal-winning talent, buffeted by the escalating crisis of racist abuse at home. The world’s most elite and international sporting event, which pits athletes and countries […]

Asian Americans mark Lunar New Year amid ongoing hate crimes

For two years now, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country have endured racist verbal, physical and sometimes deadly attacks fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. With the start of the Lunar New Year, many are looking forward to carrying out family traditions and joining in community celebrations throughout February. These include family dinners and […]

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