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 […]

Activists campaign to protect seniors from eviction

LOS ANGELES — Save Our Seniors Network, a community activist group dedicated to protecting the welfare of the Nikkei residents of nursing facilities and retirement homes, campaigned to stop the evictions of senior citizens from Pacifica-owned Sakura Intermediate Care Facility, as well as their transfer into Pacifica’s previously COVID-infected nursing homes. Nevertheless, according to the […]

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, […]

Asian Americans cheer passage of Calif.’s $156 million fund to combat AAPI racism

Asian Americans cheered the July 12 passage of California’s API Equity Budget, a three-year $156 million initiative, which seeks to equip the AAPI community with resources to combat hate crimes. “This is historic and unprecedented. It is the outcome of many community-based organizations who rallied to get this support to find the best ways we […]

Calif. hate crime up 31% in 2020, led by anti-Black bias

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Hate crime in California surged 31% in 2020, fueled mainly by a big jump in crimes targeting Black people during a year that saw the worst racial strife in decades, according to an annual report released June 30 by the state’s attorney general. Overall hate crimes increased from 1,015 to 1,330 last […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Reuniting and continuing the fight

As we slowly come out from the pandemic lockdown, I’m sure that everybody is heaving a big sigh of relief and doing things that were forbidden for so long. And looking back at that period when one couldn’t travel, have gatherings or run around doing ordinary things, what could we do? Well, we learned to […]

While COVID closes many Little Tokyo businesses, some are surviving

LOS ANGELES — Little Tokyo businesses faced many challenges the past year as COVID-19 forced a number of small establishments to close, but some shops like Mitsuru Sushi & Grill managed to survive, and a few like Bunkado even thrived. Mamoru Hanamure, owner of Mitsuru, revealed that he was stressed during the pandemic because of […]

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