USC to officially apologize to Japanese American students blocked from receiving degrees during WWII
Eighty years after an unjust dismissal from the University of Southern California (USC), the private university is searching for the 121 Japanese American Nisei students who were impeded from finishing their degrees and forced into concentration camps during WWII in order to grant them honorary degrees and apologize to them.
A long time coming: USC President Carol Folt will publicly apologize to the Nisei students from the 1941-1942 year for the actions of former USC president Rufus B. von KleinSmid, who was also later found to have ties to antisemitism, racism and the eugenics movement, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Asian elder scared of stepping outside after seeing his arrested attacker in the same spot days later
An elderly Asian American man is fearful of going out after seeing the person who viciously assaulted him in Los Angeles’ Koreatown just a few days later.
What happened: Samuel Kang, 70, was waiting for a bus at the corner of 5th Street and Western Avenue on Sept. 20 when he first came across Cartrell Smith, who, after walking by, allegedly turned around and hit Kang in the face.
A new mandate has stated that California students will need to pass a course in ethnic studies in order to graduate from high school.
First of its kind: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Friday that includes ethnic studies as a graduation requirement for all K-12 students beginning in the school year 2025-26, reported the Associated Press.
Kids all over California have returned to school, but in a time where COVID-19 or the delta variant is on every parent’s mind, what can be done to get the peace of mind that their children are safe in the classroom?
California state officials have taken some of the most progressive steps in the country to ensure that schools open up safely and take every measure to protect staff and students. The state has set aside $25 billion for schools to upgrade classroom ventilation, hire more teachers and staff, provide COVID-19 testing, mental health resources and more.
In a press release on Oct. 1, Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) introduced her bill to rename the post office at 9317 Bolsa Rd. in Little Saigon, Calif. to “General Tran Hung Dao Post Office.”
Honoring a hero: General Tran Hung Dao is considered one of the greatest military generals of all time. He still remains a significant figure to the Vietnamese community, according to Orange County Breeze.
On Sept. 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed eight bills into law that support police reform with one of the bills named after Angelo Quinto, who died after an officer knelt on his neck for five minutes during a mental health crisis.
The incident: On Dec. 23, 2020, Antioch police received a call from Quinto’s sister, who alerted them about his crisis.
‘Is that a Filipino thing?’: Vietnamese man harassed about child’s dinosaur flag, has car windows smashed
A Vietnamese man’s car windows were smashed by an unidentified man who had earlier harassed him about his 3-year-old son’s dinosaur flag in San Jose, Calif.
An encounter turned sour: On Sept. 22, Thien Ly was in his driveway with his young children when an unidentified man drove up to them and asked “What flag is that?” referring to his son’s dinosaur flag, according to ABC 7.
An 87-year-old woman was killed while feeding homeless community members during a hit-and-run incident in Sacramento on Saturday.
What happened: The victim, identified as Lien Dang, was four to five blocks away from her home to help feed others when she was struck by a vehicle on Lemon Hill Avenue off Stockton Boulevard, according to ABC10.
City of San Jose to issue formal apology for historical racism against Chinese, destruction of Chinatown
Lawmakers in San Jose, Calif. are expected to pass a resolution on Tuesday apologizing for the city’s role in racism, xenophobia and arson that targeted the Chinese community during the late 1800s.
The apology: Led by Councilman Raul Peralez, local lawmakers will address Chinese immigrants and their descendants as they vote on the resolution at the city council meeting on Sept. 28, according to ABC7 News.
How the search for Lauren Cho has gained attention because of Gabby Petito and ‘missing white woman syndrome’
A surge of social media users are leading a renewed charge to find Lauren “El” Cho, a New Jersey woman who went missing in late June after the case of a missing road tripping YouTuber made national headlines.
Cho’s story: On June 28, Cho, 30, reportedly walked away in distress from her residence in Yucca Valley, Calif. She was converting a school bus into a food truck and was working as a chef, according to Oxygen True Crime.
Anti-Asian hate incidents — attacks that do not rise to the level of a hate crime — have increased in 2020 by a whopping 1,800% in California’s Orange County, according to a new report from the nonprofit Orange County Human Relations Commission.
Driving the surge: For the past decade, the county logged only four to five incidents against Asian Americans each year, according to Nhi Nguyen, the commission’s hate crime prevention coordinator. However, 2020 saw a total of 76 incidents against the community, a surge attributed to the growth of anti-Asian sentiment around COVID-19.
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