RABBIT RAMBLINGS: On hopeful and precarious developments

Since the last year has been so terrible, I haven’t written a regular column in a while. Rather than complain about things, I decided to keep quiet. But we’ve had several positive and hopeful events, the first being the election of President Joe Biden and the very narrow victory of Democrats in Congress, which was […]

Ethnic communities unite to combat anti-Asian violence

In the midst of an epidemic of brutal attacks hate crimes against Asian Americans, ethnic communities are coming together to attack the virus of racism. A family celebrating a birthday at a restaurant is yelled at with racist remarks by a tech executive: “F–k you Asians. Trump is going to F–k you … f–king Asian […]

My tsuru

I am a member of Tsuru for Solidarity. I am not an activist, nor am I a trained artist, but I have painted 12 large tsuru (paper cranes) of various sizes. I paint because it gives me pleasure and a way to express myself. Last year, like many Japanese Americans, I began by folding hundreds […]

Racism targets Asian food, business during COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus spread throughout the U.S., bigotry toward Asian Americans was not far behind, fueled by the news that COVID-19 first appeared in China. Some initial evidence suggested the virus began in bats, which infected another animal that may have spread it to people at one of Wuhan, China’s “wet markets.” Such markets sell […]

Oakland: School district apologizes for racist word in survey sent to families

OAKLAND, Calif. — Officials with the Oakland Unified School District apologized Oct. 22 for a racist term that was included in a survey sent out to families about returning to in-person learning. The word was derogatory toward people of Asian descent. District officials said they replaced it with appropriate language once they discovered it. How […]

S.F. Board unanimously approves CAREN Act outlawing racist emergency calls

San Francisco supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Oct. 20 outlawing racially motivated 911 calls. The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, also known as the CAREN Act, was authored by Supervisor Shamann Walton in July and aims to prevent false emergency calls made with the intent to discriminate against a person’s race, sexual orientation, nationality, […]

Hate is here to stay

President Donald Trump and his xenophobic agenda may be voted out of office Nov. 3, but a panel of civil rights advocates predicts that bias-related crimes and incidents will continue to be on the rise. Asian Americans have experienced the biggest increase in bias-related incidents, but the President’s implicit “permission to hate” has impacted all […]

San Leandro: Council condemns white supremacy in resolution

A resolution condemning white nationalist and white supremacist hate groups and declaring support for classifying the Ku Klux Klan as a domestic terrorist organization under federal law was unanimously approved last week by the San Leandro City Council. The council action followed community requests for formal action to condemn white supremacy in the wake of […]

S.F. supervisor introduces ‘CAREN’ Act to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls

San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on July 7 introduced an ordinance to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls. The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN, Act could possibly result in people who call law enforcement based on racial bias facing criminal charges. The ordinance is similar to state Assemblymember Rob Banta’s (D-Oakland) Assembly Bill 1550, […]

Website to document anti-Asian hate crimes in wake of Covid-19

On a busy San Francisco street in the broad light of day, Yuanyuan Zhu was harassed and spit on by a stranger simply for being Asian in the midst of a global pandemic caused by what the president of the United States calls the “Chinese virus.” Zhu had just been dropped off near the corner […]

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