American of Japanese descent advances racial equity from White House

WASHINGTON — Erika Moritsugu, 49, is among the many Asian Americans in the United States who have experienced hate crimes since the coronavirus pandemic began two years ago. She was waiting at a bus stop with her son after school when a man screamed threatening racist abuse and spat at her. Since the incident in […]

Hercules: How anti-Asian racism proved deadly at the 19th century dynamite plant

Today’s ultra-heated political rhetoric, particularly regarding the coronavirus pandemic, has resulted in increasingly overt expressions of racism, and outright physical violence, toward the Bay Area’s Asian American community in the last two years. While the recent increase in these attacks has been making headlines, a more insidious form of anti-Asian prejudice has been embedded in […]

Racial reckoning turns focus to roadside historical markers

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania had been installing historical markers for more than a century when the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 brought a fresh round of questions from the public about just whose stories were being told on the state’s roadsides — and the language used to tell them. The increased scrutiny […]

2021 Notebook: Redrawing the conversation about race

After 2020 became a year of racial reckoning with the public killing of George Floyd and the protests of injustices against Black people, 2021 offered what can best be described as a follow-up year — a continuation of some familiar story threads with other new ones emerging. Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed […]

Nikkei Q: The CRT Culture Wars

As summer rolled into fall I had thought the worst of the culture wars on Critical Race Theory (CRT) was over, or that at least it would never make it over the eastern border of California. But I was wrong. In mid-November Asian American leaders demanded that the vice mayor of Cupertino Liang Chao issue […]

AG Bonta meets with city leaders for 1st of several statewide discussions to prevent hate crimes

California Attorney General Rob Bonta met with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Police Chief Bill Scott, and community leaders on Sept. 9 in the city’s Visitacion Valley to have a discussion on hate crimes. The event was the first in a series of roundtable discussions being held by Bonta with leaders throughout the state, focusing […]

S.F. initiative that uses art to combat AAPI hate receives $1 mil. in state funding

California Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, on Aug. 23 announced $1 million in state funding for an initiative that aims to raise awareness about racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The funding, provided through a state budget grant, will support the ‘We the Future’ initiative, which works to empower AAPI communities and […]

Diversity among Bay Area elected officials improves, but disparities still exist

Racial diversity among Bay Area elected officials increased during the 2020 election cycle but new data shows wide disparities still exist across the region. The proportion of people of color holding top local offices increased from 26 percent in 2018 to about 34 percent after the 2020 elections, according to a report released this week […]

SamTrans featuring anti-racism artwork on buses, shelters

SamTrans launched a series of anti-racism artwork the first week of June that is being displayed on the transit agency’s buses and shelters around San Mateo County. Calling it an “effort to show its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion” following increasing numbers of hate crime attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, […]

Pelosi, Asian American community leaders highlight passage of federal COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leaders in San Francisco’s Asian American community held an event in Portsmouth Square on May 27 to highlight recently passed legislation intended to make it easier to report hate crimes against the Asian community. Rep. Grace Meng, D-New York, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawai‘i, introduced the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act […]

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