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 […]

California lawmakers seek $200 million to fight hate crimes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers said May 12 that they are seeking $200 million over the next three years to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans that have increased since the coronavirus entered the U.S. after originating in China. More than half of the money would go for grants to nonprofit and community groups that […]

Racist attacks revive Asian American studies program demand

As Dartmouth College sophomore Nicholas Sugiarto flipped through the course catalog last semester, two words caught his eye: “Asian American.” The 19-year-old Chinese Indonesian American didn’t know Asian American-focused classes were even an option at the Hanover, New Hampshire, campus. The biomedical-engineering major ended up enrolling in “Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature” and […]

S.F. District Attorney holds summit to address anti-AAPI violence

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin hosted a virtual summit on May 14 highlighting the rash of violence and racism against the Asian American Pacific Islander community and discussing solutions to it. The summit featured two panels of community activists within the San Francisco’s AAPI community and a discussion between Boudin and California Supreme Court […]

Asian Americans see generational split on confronting racism

ATLANTA — The fatal shootings of eight people — six of them women of Asian descent — at Georgia massage businesses in March propelled Claire Xu into action. Within days, she helped organize a rally condemning violence against Asian Americans that drew support from a broad group of activists, elected officials and community members. But […]

Asian American health workers fight virus and racist attacks

NEW YORK — Medical student Natty Jumreornvong has a vaccine and protective gear to shield her from the coronavirus. But she couldn’t avoid exposure to the anti-Asian bigotry that pulsed to the surface after the pathogen was first identified in China. Psychiatry patients have called her by a racist slur for the disease, she said. […]

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