Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese

LOS ANGELES — The Kansas Department of Revenue has ceased issuing vehicle license plates that contain the letters “JAP” after a Californian man complained about a plate carrying the word, which was popularized as a derogatory term for Japanese during and after World War II. “The Division of Vehicles is restricting the use of ‘J […]

Muslim, Lebanese American police officer files discrimination lawsuit against SJPD

SAN JOSE — A 21-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department has filed a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination from multiple officers in the days and years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Nabil Haidar, who is Lebanese American and Muslim, said police officers subjected him to endless racist accusations, calling him “Bin Laden,” […]

S.F. Japantown vigil opposes family separations and travel ban

Japanese Americans gathered on the evening of Aug. 9 in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza to convey their solidarity against the continued attacks the Trump administration orchestrates against minorities in the United States. Hundreds of activists, both young and old, withstood the chilly evening to hear first-hand experiences of immigrants and the voices of veteran […]

Korematsu overruled or reaffirmed?

On June 26, 2018, by a 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court in Trump v. Hawaii upheld President Donald Trump’s so-called “Travel Ban,” the thrice-revised executive orders barring entry of people from Muslim-majority nations. When Trump announced his first order in January 2017, travelers having nothing to do with terrorism were detained, U.S. residents were stranded […]

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 […]

Police identify suspect filmed yelling slurs, slapping man on BART

A suspect has been identified in a viral video that showed him yelling racial slurs and slapping a man on a BART train the evening of Nov. 13, BART officials said Nov. 17. “At this point we can confirm that BART police have successfully identified the man (suspect),” BART spokesman Chris Filippi said. “BART will […]

Astros player’s racist gesture on display during World Series

Houston Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel will be suspended for the first five games of the 2018 MLB season for making a racist gesture Oct. 27 during the World Series. After hitting a home run off the Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish during Game 3 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Gurriel, 33, brought […]

Officer linked to text message scandal pleads guilty to felony

A former San Francisco police lieutenant named in a scandal involving racist text messages last year has pleaded guilty to filing a false police report as part of a plea agreement, court officials said Sept. 14. Curtis Liu, 55, pleaded to the felony charge on Sept. 6 as part of a deal reached with prosecutors. […]

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, […]

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