- This year marks the 80th anniversary of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s authorization of Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, which forced Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans into incarceration camps across the U.S.
- The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles held a ceremony to unveil the first-ever complete list of Japanese internees on Sept. 24.
- The list, which covers 125,284 internees held in 75 locations, filled a large book weighing 25 pounds.
- The book is named the Ireichō, which translates to “record of consoling ancestors” in Japanese.
- Survivors, descendants and friends placed stamps next to the names of their loved ones in the book to pay tribute.
The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles held a ceremony to unveil the first-ever complete list of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent who were held in incarceration camps in the U.S. during World War II.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s authorization of Executive Order 9066 in February 1942 following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. As a result of the order, authorities forced Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans into incarceration camps across the U.S.
- Henry Fuhrmann, former editor of the Los Angeles Times famous for fighting for grammatical equity, died on Wednesday. He was 65.
- Fuhrmann led the charge to eliminate the usage of hyphens in ethnic titles, which he found to be derogatory and divisive.
- In 2019, his efforts paid off when the Associated Press dropped the usage of hyphens for its style guide to widespread fanfare.
- Other social justice-minded linguistic shifts that Fuhrman has championed throughout his career include a change from the use of “transvestite” to “transgender” as well as challenging the usage of “internment” to describe WWII-era Japanese Americans.
- In the editing room, Fuhrmann was well-respected for displaying compassion and accountability in such a fast-paced and high-stakes environment.
Henry Fuhrmann, former editor of the Los Angeles Times famous for fighting for grammatical equity, died on Wednesday. He was 65.
Described by others as the “hyphen killer” and himself as a “word nerd,” Fuhrmann led the charge to eliminate the usage of hyphens in ethnic titles like “Asian-American” and “African-American.” While overlooked by many, Fuhrmann found the construction to be derogatory and divisive.
- The Los Angeles City Council has designated Sep. 17 as Squid Game Day to commemorate the Netflix show’s impact on American pop culture.
- Korean American congressman John Lee announced the news on Wednesday.
- “Squid Game” was released worldwide on Netflix on Sept. 17, 2021.
- The Korean series was massively popular and quickly became Netflix’s top series of all time.
To commemorate Netflix’s most popular Korean drama series, the city of Los Angeles has designated Sep. 17 as “Squid Game Day.”
Korean American congressman John Lee announced on Wednesday that the city council passed the resolution to commemorate the show’s influence on increasing representation of Asian communities in the United States’ entertainment industry.
- A mysterious billboard spotted in Los Angeles and San Francisco this week referenced the Uvalde school shooting to warn Californians against moving to Texas.
- Texas has seen a huge influx of Californian migrants in recent years due to its lower cost of living and greater business flexibility.
- Asian Americans reportedly make up the majority of Texas migrants, with the group now composing 6 percent of the state’s population.
- While many move to Texas for cheaper rent, some — including Asians — are attracted by the state’s family-friendly values.
A billboard that reportedly sprung up in Los Angeles and San Francisco this week warned Californians against moving to Texas with an ominous reference to the Uvalde school shooting.
The billboard, whose creator remains a mystery, claims that the so-called “Texas Miracle” died in Uvalde, where 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School were fatally shot in May.
- On Aug. 19, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the office of Councilmember Kevin de León and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, released a request for ideas for conceptual proposals to develop a memorial for the victims of the 1871 Chinese Massacre.
- The mass killing, which has been largely forgotten, saw a mob of hundreds murder at least 18 Chinese men in a racially motivated attack in the old Chinatown neighborhood on Oct. 24, 1871.
- The memorial will be built to raise public awareness of the massacre and acknowledge the past and current tensions over race and violence.
- The proposals, which are due by Oct. 12, will be reviewed by arts and design experts who will select five artists to receive a $15,000 stipend to develop their concepts and present them in a public forum.
The city of Los Angeles has called on the public for ideas in developing a memorial to the victims of the 1871 Chinese Massacre.
The mass killing, which has been largely forgotten, saw an eruption of gunfire at around 4 p.m. on Oct. 24, 1871. A mob of hundreds murdered at least 18 Chinese men in a racially motivated attack in the old Chinatown neighborhood.
- A mile-long gondola project at Dodger Stadium has sparked fear among Chinatown residents who worry about gentrification and privacy concerns.
- The project, backed by former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, is currently in the hands of the environmental nonprofit Climate Resolve.
- Chinatown residents believe that the project will “hurt” their neighborhood as the ride will be “just 40 feet” above residents’ homes.
- The gondola ride would be free for anyone who shows a current Dodgers ticket and could carry around 5,000 people per hour.
Chinatown residents in Los Angeles are expressing gentrification and privacy concerns regarding the upcoming mile-long gondola project at Dodger Stadium.
The gondola project, backed by former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, is a planned mile-long ride that would stretch from Union Station to the Dodgers Stadium. Climate Resolve, an environmental nonprofit organization, is currently overseeing the project.
- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) is now looking for two armed men who reportedly pistol-whipped an Asian man and woman outside a 99 Ranch Market in Rowland Heights on Saturday.
- The suspects robbed the male victim of his $60,000 Rolex watch, according to the authorities.
- In a video that shows the incident’s aftermath, the two victims can be seen kneeling behind their car while the male victim’s head is covered in blood.
- The suspects – who wore black hoodies and gray hoodies and were described as two men between the ages of 25 and 30 – fled the scene in a white Dodge Challenger with paper license plates.
- Similar incidents have been reported to the Temple Sheriff's Station, which led the Walnut Sheriff's Station to believe that the two suspects may have been involved in the past incidents.
- The LASD said on Sunday that there are currently no indications of a hate crime.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is now looking for two armed men who reportedly pistol-whipped an Asian man and woman during a violent robbery outside a 99 Ranch Market over the weekend.
The unidentified victims were loading their groceries into their car near a 99 Ranch Market in Rowland Heights at around 12:35 p.m. on Saturday when two armed men approached them and demanded the male victim’s $60,000 Rolex watch, according to the authorities.
Suspect in murder of elderly Asian man in LA had mental issues that ‘came out of nowhere’, uncle says
- Keonte Woods, 25, is accused of fatally stabbing 70-year-old Dal Lee in Los Angeles’ South Main Street on May 5.
- Lee was sitting inside his parked van when a Black male suspect approached him from behind and stabbed him in the neck, police said.
- Woods was arrested in connection to the incident on May 12 and charged with murder on May 16.
- However, a criminal complaint revealed that Woods was also allegedly involved in a separate attack against another Asian victim on April 30.
- Woods’ uncle, Travis Jones, told the Los Angeles Times that Woods had kept to himself until he began to struggle with mental issues that “came out of nowhere.”
- Woods is now facing a joint felony case from both attacks and is being held on a $2 million bail.
A man accused of killing an elderly Asian man in Los Angeles in May had kept to himself before struggling with mental issues, his uncle said.
Keonte Woods, 25, was arrested on May 12 in connection with the fatal stabbing of 70-year-old Dal Lee in the 5300 block of South Main Street a week earlier.
- A U.S. Navy veteran was knocked unconscious after being sucker-punched in Los Angeles’ Koreatown on Tuesday afternoon.
- The 32-year-old victim, identified only as Leo, was playing on his phone while waiting for a bus near a Chipotle in Wilshire and Vermont when “this Black man with anger issues sucker-punched me,” he recalled in an Instagram post.
- The veteran, who already suffers from PTSD and anxiety, sustained scrapes and bruises on his face and shoulder, as well as a large contusion on the back of his head.
- Leo told NextShark that he plans to press charges against his unidentified assailant “if he is caught.”
- Despite his unfortunate experience, Leo, who is Taiwanese American, said people can be “strong, vigilant and mindful, but don't let resentment take up any more of your time and space.”
An Asian U.S. Navy veteran who lost consciousness after being sucker-punched in Los Angeles’ Koreatown on Tuesday will press charges if his assailant is caught, NextShark has learned.
The 32-year-old victim, who asked to be identified as Leo, was playing on his phone while waiting for a bus near a Chipotle in Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue at around 1:45 p.m. when “this Black man with anger issues sucker-punched me,” he recalled in an Instagram post.
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- Last Friday, the Los Angeles County City Council passed a motion placing a ban on most residential and commercial gas appliances in an effort to combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions.
- To become carbon neutral, restaurants must invest in swapping their gas equipment for electric infrastructure and training their employees to adopt new cooking techniques and practices.
- Natural gas gives Cantonese cuisine their signature “wok hei,” or breath of the wok. Chefs crank up the heat instantaneously to roaring temperatures that coat the wok from all sides, allowing the meat, seafood and vegetables inside to be tossed and seared to receive the signature smoky flavors that cannot be perfectly replicated when cooking with electric appliances.
Asian restaurants may get left behind from Los Angeles’ ban on residential and commercial gas appliances.
Last Friday, the Los Angeles County City Council passed a motion placing a ban on most residential and commercial gas appliances to reduce carbon emissions and thereby combating climate change. Los Angeles County strives to be carbon neutral by 2045. More than 50 cities and counties in California, such as San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Sacramento, already have passed ordinances that require construction of new buildings to be natural gas-free or meet electrification building codes.
- Olivia Rodrigo addressed the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting during her performance in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
- “I wish we would never have to worry about our safety or our lives at places that are dedicated to our learning and growing,” Rodrigo said.
- She proceeded to call for “stricter gun control laws” to a chorus of cheers.
- Many other celebrities have spoken out against the violence, including the Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and pop star Taylor Swift.
- Rodrigo has used her platform in the past to voice opinions about social issues such as abortion.
Olivia Rodrigo took some time out of her Los Angeles performance on Tuesday night to address the school shooting that occurred earlier in the day in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers.
“I wish we would never have to worry about our safety or our lives at places that are dedicated to our learning and growing,” Rodrigo said at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.