San Francisco J-Town merchants fear end to eviction moratorium

Tenants of two major Japantown property owners have raised their fears of eviction as a San Francisco moratorium on evictions for small businesses was set to expire Sept. 14. While San Francisco Mayor London Breed has granted a short reprieve in the form of an extension to the end of the month, both tenants, including […]

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 […]

JAs serve on the frontlines treating COVID-19 patients

While treating COVID-19 patients on 12-hour shifts, three to four days per week and overtime from mid-March to May, Julia Yuge, an intensive care unit nurse at New York University Langone Health, called her mother, a nurse herself, several times to minimize the stress she’s felt. “My mom’s a nurse so she’s the one that […]

Schools asked to fight racism and stereotyping especially during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the school year begins, San Francisco city leaders joined other public officials, including vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, on Aug. 26 to call on schools to stand up against racism aimed at students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The leaders, along with organizers from Beyond Differences and […]

Teachers, students feel impact of the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has seriously impacted California and most of the United States. It has led authorities to close schools, teach remotely and ignore the calls of many conservatives who demand that schools and businesses reopen, as they describe COVID-19 as a hoax and refuse the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s orders to wear […]

Ikigai during a pandemic

This time of year usually marks the height of the annual fair, festival and bazaar circuit, when Nikkei families and friends travel near and far to get their “fix” of favorites, such as teriyaki burgers, “the best” teriyaki chicken, steaming bowls of udon or manju with a modern twist. For many, annual cultural and community […]

LETTERS: California vs. Japan on COVID-19

Dear Editor, As of July 20, 2020, California had 7,851 COVID-19 deaths and Japan had 988 deaths. That is a ratio of 7.9 to 1 and the ratio has been increasing daily. California has 40 million people whereas Japan has 126 million people. California has 164,000 square miles of land and Japan has 146,000 square […]

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