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 […]

California judge tosses school board member’s $87M lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has thrown out an $87 million lawsuit that a San Francisco school board member filed against the district and her colleagues after they voted to strip her of senior board positions because of tweets that were widely criticized as racist. Judge Haywood Gilliam, Jr. said in his ruling on […]

Tigers analyst Jack Morris suspended for Ohtani remarks

DETROIT — Detroit Tigers broadcaster Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely for racist comments he made about Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani during the Aug. 17 game. When asked by play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard how the Tigers should pitch to Ohtani in the sixth inning, Morris adopted an exaggerated East Asian accent while saying […]

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 […]

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. […]

Spreading love through origami hearts

In light of the recent anti-Asian incidents that have occurred across the nation, Linda Mihara created the “Hearts for Love” campaign to spread positivity. Aiming to fold 1,000 origami hearts, the origami expert was inspired by the Japanese legend that says the gods will grant a wish to the person who folds 1,000 origami cranes. […]

Asian Americans wary about school amid virus, violence

BOSTON — A Chinese American mother in the Boston suburbs is sending her sons to in-person classes this month, even after one of them was taunted with a racist “slanted-eyes” gesture at school, just days after the killings of women of Asian descent at massage businesses in Atlanta. In the Dallas area, a Korean American […]

Asian neighbors pen letter of fear to Ohio’s lieutenant gov

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dozens of Asian American residents of the suburb that Ohio’s Republican lieutenant governor calls home penned a letter to him March 31 citing their concerns over a tweet he sent referring to the “Wuhan virus” and the fears they have for the safety of their children because of such comments. “Lt. Governor […]

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