Morita named to Biden COVID-19 Advisory Board

WASHINGTON — Dr. Julie Morita, the executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former health commissioner for the City of Chicago, has been named to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, the Biden-Harris Transition said in a statement Nov. 9. This is a team of “leading public health experts” who will advise […]

San Francisco Japantown businesses receive help, but are far from secure as pandemic ravages economy

San Francisco’s Japantown community has come together to support its retail and restaurants in light of the ongoing pandemic. Such aid has been essential to helping keep many businesses afloat, but a looming threat of evictions for tenants in the Japan Center Malls and the Kinokuniya Building, as well as the unpredictable outlook of the […]

Let’s Talk … About thriving in the pandemic

It was March, seven long months ago when COVID-19 was acknowledged as a pandemic. When the shutdown was announced most of us thought we could just hold our breaths, make some minor adjustments and things would get back to “normal” within a reasonable period of time. But here and now, the numbers of people contracting […]

Performing artists hopeful amid uncertain future and potential devastation

With theaters shuttered and live audiences reluctant to gather, the performing arts sector has suffered considerably since the pandemic has prompted most people to stay at home. For Asian Americans, the issue is no different, and some fear devastation if things do not improve. Ethnic Media Services reported that the arts sector has lost $12 […]

Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19

PARIS — Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the Kenzo brand who spent most of his career at the heart of the French fashion industry, died Oct. 4 in a hospital near Paris after contracting the novel coronavirus, his spokesperson said. He was 81. Takada was hospitalized around Sept. 10 due to poor health following […]

San Francisco J-Town merchants fear end to eviction moratorium

Story update: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Sept. 23 to extend the commercial eviction moratorium through March 31, 2021. San Francisco Mayor London Breed said later that day in tweet that she would also extend the city’s moratorium. She also issued a statement Sept. 29. *** Tenants of two major Japantown property owners […]

Project Bento volunteers deliver bento to senior New Yorkers

During the spring of 2020 when New York City was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, residents were abruptly instructed to shelter-in-place. Susan Miyagi McCormac, a vice president and secretary of the Japanese American Association of New York, became concerned about how their older members were faring. Pre-COVID, about 100 Japanese […]

Asians continue to suffer racist hate incidents during the pandemic

About half a year since the coronavirus pandemic has turned life upside down for Americans, a disturbing trend for hate directed against Asians remains a concern. Launched in mid-March, Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative by Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, is […]

JCYC to hold a virtual run/walk for Black lives

Last year the Japanese Community Youth Council began thinking about how to use their annual SF Aloha Run “not to just raise funds, but to amplify issues that were affecting children of youth in this country,” Jon Osaki, the executive director of the organization, told the Nichi Bei Weekly by phone. JCYC donated part of […]

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 […]

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