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Trustees unanimously vote to save Cantonese program at City College of San Francisco

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  • City College of San Francisco’s Cantonese program was nearly canceled in Fall 2021 as a result of budget cuts.
  • Trustee Alan Wong, with support of over 20 Asian organizations, spearheaded a proposal to save the program.
  • The proposal, which was passed on Thursday, will have the college include Cantonese classes in degree- and certificate-granting programs, establish transfer agreements with other institutions, and develop a certificate with Cantonese classes.

Trustees of the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) unanimously voted to save its endangered Cantonese program on Thursday, delivering a sense of relief to students and more than 20 Asian organizations that supported its continuation.

The program was nearly canceled in the fall of 2021 due to budget cuts. The college, according to administrators, must prioritize classes that contribute to a degree or certificate, and Cantonese does not.

Asians Are Strong banner vandalized three days after going up in San Francisco

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  • San Francisco community organization “Asians Are Strong'' put up a banner on Route 101 near the Vermont Street exit in San Francisco on Jan. 1.
  • Three days later on Jan. 4, the banner was vandalized.
  • “Asians Are Strong” founder Hudson Liao said he thinks the vandalism was racially motivated.

A banner that read “Asians Are Strong” was vandalized three days after it was installed on Route 101 near the Vermont Street exit in San Francisco on New Year’s Day.

San Francisco native and community organization “Asians Are Strong” founder Hudson Liao, who helped put up the banner on Jan. 1, told KRON 4 that it was installed as a way to start off the new year with a positive message and empower the Asian American community.

San Francisco man pistol-whipped during daylight robbery on New Year’s Eve

  • Two unidentified suspects pistol-whipped a 52-year-old Asian man during a broad daylight robbery in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve.
  • They reportedly took his wallet, phone and Rolex watch.

A 52-year-old Asian man was pistol-whipped and robbed of his belongings while walking in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve.

The incident reportedly occurred beside Anchovy Bar on O’Farrell Street between Fillmore and Steiner Streets on Friday afternoon, SFist reported, citing a Twitter report by ABC7’s Dion Lim and a video posted by Asian Crime Report’s Twitter account. A person wearing an apron reportedly tried to help the victim but was stopped by one of the armed robbers.

How one man repopulated San Francisco with a locally rare butterfly species by using his backyard

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Tim Wong, a San Francisco aquatic biologist, helped repopulate his city with a locally rare butterfly species by breeding them in his backyard.

Saving the butterflies: San Francisco was once the home of the California pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor hirsuta), a butterfly species known for its majestic blue color, Bright Side reported. The species was ultimately driven out of its natural habitat in the early 20th century as more areas in the city began to develop.

 

Elderly Asian man who was kicked while in his walker at the beginning of COVID faces attacker in court

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Nearly two years after an attack that required multiple stitches to his head, an 84-year-old Asian man reportedly met his alleged attacker for the first time in court on Thursday.

The event: Rong Xin Liao was waiting for a bus near Eddy and Leavenworth Streets in Tenderloin, San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2020, when a man darted out and kicked him on his seated walker. A surveillance video shows the moment of the attack and the suspect immediately taking off after.

Decades-old San Francisco Chinatown jewelry store faces closure after losing $250,000 in burglary

Decades-old Chinatown jewelry store faces closure after losing $250K in burglary

A 38-year-old jewelry store in San Francisco’s Chinatown is on the brink of permanent closure after losing $250,000 worth of goods from burglars two weeks ago.

The burglary: On Nov. 16, thieves broke into Long Boat Jewelry on Grant Avenue at around 4:20 a.m. and stole $250,000 worth of merchandise in just three minutes, reported SF Chronicle.

Sponsored posts on SFWeekly promote ‘Oriental brides’ with natural ‘attraction to foreign men’

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New sponsored posts appearing in SFWeekly, the online version of the recently closed periodical of the same name in San Francisco, are perpetuating Asian stereotypes in order to promote mail-order bride websites.  

Depiction of Filipino women: Recent paid articles published in October on SFWeekly promote Filipino wives who “actually enjoy housework.”

SF students create a resolution urging the city to apologize for its anti-Chinese past

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San Francisco may finally follow the steps of other California cities that have apologized for their historical discrimination toward the Chinese American community.

A century and a half late: A resolution introduced at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday is calling for an official apology from the city for the discriminatory laws and practices imposed against the Chinese and other Asian immigrants since the 1800s, reported NBC Bay Area.

SF attorney seeks public’s help identifying man who attacked his elderly parents in Bay Area

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Charles Jung, an attorney from the California Asian Pacific American Bar Association, is asking the public for help with identifying the man who attacked his elderly parents in Downtown San Francisco last week.

What happened: Speaking to NBC Bay Area, Jung recounted the first incident, in which the man almost knocked his 85-year-old father off his cane when he kicked his bad leg. The first attack was not captured on CCTV.

‘Aggressively Asian face’: Right-wing host draws outrage over racist insult of Asian American Bay Area reporter

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When KPIX 5 reporter Betty Yu went on air to cover In-N-Out’s vaccine checks, she never imagined the story would go viral because of racist remarks about her appearance.

Racist remarks: Yu was the target of racist verbal abuse by BlazeTV hosts Steven Crowder and Dave Landau when they exchanged discriminatory remarks about her appearance, a clip of which went viral.