- Officials in Santa Ana, California are drafting a formal apology for the burning of the city’s Chinatown in 1906.
- As part of their atonement, the city will be naming previous officials as responsible for the destruction, which they described as an act of “fundamental injustice, terror, cruelty and brutality.”
- In the 1890s, about 200 Chinese residents lived in what was once Santa Ana’s Chinatown. By early 1906, only about 15 residents were left after officials declared the neighborhood a public hazard.
- The city alleged that a male resident named Wong Woh Ye contracted leprosy and subsequently ordered the local fire department to burn Chinatown.
- The destruction is seen as an effort to remove Chinese residents following the city’s purchase of a lot around the area in 1904 to build a new city hall.
- The supportive council members are also planning to commemorate the history by allocating funds from the city’s budget for an on-site memorial.
California’s Santa Ana is drafting a formal apology for the burning of its Chinatown in 1906.
Councilman Johnathan Ryan Hernandez, Planning Commissioner Alan Woo, Assistant City Manager Steven Mendoza and Councilwoman Thai Viet Phan are working on the apology for Chinese immigrants and their descendants for the “systemic and institutional racism, xenophobia and discrimination” of the past.
- An Thanh Nguyen, who was formerly incarcerated, says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has tried to deport him three times since his release.
- The third attempt allegedly violated a legal order that he could not be detained once again without the court’s permission.
- The 48-year-old forklift operator sued ICE this week, accusing the agency of violating his human rights and causing emotional stress to his family.
- An online petition has also been launched, urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to pardon him.
A Vietnamese man in Southern California has reportedly filed a suit against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for allegedly trying to deport him three times since 2019.
An Thanh Nguyen, whose family fled the Vietnam War, arrived in the U.S. at the age of 17 and became a legal permanent resident.
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.
Two Asian women remain in critical condition after a pickup truck crashed into them in Anaheim, Calif. on Independence Day.
What happened: The victims, a Vietnamese mother and daughter, were watching Fourth of July fireworks in the 200 block of North Grand Avenue when the vehicle lost control and plowed into a crowd they were standing with.
An 18-year-old woman was verbally attacked and physically assaulted by a male suspect last Sunday morning at her local skate park in Tustin, Calif.
Jenna Dupuy, who is of Korean and Puerto Rican descent, was at the Tustin Legacy Skatepark to teach a morning art class. She was approached by a man who made suggestive comments before eventually assaulting her.
A 23-year-old man has been arrested for the assault of an elderly man that occurred last Friday, according to the Irvine Police Department.
The attack occurred during the evening as the victim, a 69-year-old man, was walking his dog outside the Sierra Vista Middle School.
Irvine Police are asking the public’s help to identify a young man, possibly a teen, who attacked a 69-year-old Asian man during an argument about their dogs last week.
The attack happened around 7 p.m. on March 19 while the victim was walking his dog outside Sierra Vista Middle School in Irvine, California, according to KTLA.
Neighbors have banded together to help an Asian American family rest peacefully at night after being continuously harassed by teens at their home in Ladera Ranch, Orange County, California.
Several teens have reportedly terrorized Haijun Si’s home by throwing rocks at it, shouting racial slurs, pounding the door and running away, and at one point, leaving a pornographic picture in front of his door, according to KCAL9.
A woman shopping in Orange County, California has become the latest target of anti-Asian racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The incident, which was caught on video, reportedly occurred outside a Sephora store at The Market Place in Tustin and Irvine.
The co-founder of the Church of the Healthy Self located in a strip mall in the Little Saigon area of Westminster, California has pleaded guilty in a $33 million fraud case.
Kent R.E. Whitney, 37, of Newport Beach, agreed on April 15 to plead guilty to mail fraud and filing a false income tax return, a federal prosecutor announced on April 17, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
A video has recently been shared on YouTube where several Vietnamese students at a high school in Orange County, California were bullied and harassed by schoolmates.
The incidents, which occurred at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, alarmed the local Vietnamese community, who make up California’s oldest, largest and most prominent Little Saigon.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with an additional comment from the University of California, Irvine.
The Orange County Health Care Agency has confirmed one case of the coronavirus, which has so far killed over 80 people and infected thousands of others, in Orange County, California.