Muslim officer who complained about racism, misconduct alleging retaliation

A San Francisco police officer said April 10 he is being targeted and retaliated against for filing a complaint last year against other officers in which he claimed racial and religious discrimination. The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office announced that the officer, who’s not being named, initially made the complaint because in addition to being […]

A centenarian gets his wings

A Nisei pilot could have been a World War II ace, but racism kept him grounded. Virgil Nishimura Westdale graduated top of his class in the War Training Service — he said he had a knack for acrobatic flying — and was well on his way to be a pilot for the U.S. Army Air […]

Court strikes down part of Trump’s 3rd travel ban

A federal appeals court in San Francisco Dec. 22 struck down part of President (Donald) Trump’s third travel ban. Trump issued the ban in a Sept. 24 proclamation, restricting entry from six mostly Muslim counties, North Korea and Venezuela. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the six predominantly Muslim […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPIs are making it to the political playoffs, but can they win the championship?

Strong history-making electoral victories in recent months continue to show that Asian American and Pacific Islanders are not a fly-by-night phenomenon in the political arena. Last month, Manka Dhingra won a heavily-contested state Senate seat in Washington that flipped the chamber to Democratic control. In Virginia, Kathy Tran became the first Vietnamese American elected to […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Do something: A call to action from an 87-year-old activist 


What a tumultuous year we have had. First of all, Feb. 19 was the 75th anniversary of the passage of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942, which set into motion the program of incarcerating close to 120,000 American Japanese in concentration camps. So this anniversary was observed in many ways. My […]

TAKUMA SATO: Driving force of Japanese motorsport

Takuma Sato sent Japanese racing fans into a frenzy following his monumental Indianapolis 500 win May 28. The first Japanese racer to do so, and the only Japanese IndyCar racer currently on the track, Sato sat down for an interview with a pool of Nikkei journalists including the Nichi Bei Weekly ahead of the GoPro […]

Reporter fired for racist tweet on Sato’s Indy 500 win

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — A Denver Post sportswriter lost his job May 29 after tweeting that he was “uncomfortable” with Japanese driver Takuma Sato winning the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. “Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” Terry Frei wrote, […]

Two Texas men convicted of assault, hate crime in 2016 attack of Sikh man

Two Texas men have been sentenced to three years in state prison after they pleaded no contest May 18 to felony assault and a hate crime enhancement for a 2016 attack in Richmond, according to Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson. Chase Little and Colton Leblanc were accused of attacking Maan Singh Khalsa, a […]

The unintended consequences of hate

This story was reported using data from ProPublica’s Documenting Hate Project. This project is collecting reports to create a national database of hate crimes and bias incidents for use by journalists and civil-rights organizations. If you’ve been a victim or a witness, use the form below to tell us your story. SAN JOSE, Calif. — […]

Carl Takei shares family memories of incarceration during World War II

Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. While the order avoided naming any particular ethnic group, the president and his advisers intended it to target Japanese Americans. Military officials “evacuated” Americans of Japanese ancestry to “relocation centers.” 120,000 men, women, and children had just days to divest themselves of all they owned […]

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