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San Francisco creates US’ first Pacific Islander cultural district

  • San Francisco approved a resolution on Tuesday that will create the U.S.’ first Pacific Islander cultural district.
  • The cultural district will be established in Visitacion Valley, a neighborhood that has been home to Pacific Islanders since the early 1900s.
  • Increased cost of living and other socioeconomic factors have reportedly forced community members out of the neighborhood and into other parts of California.
  • Today, San Francisco’s Pacific Islander population has fallen below 1 percent.
  • The creation of the cultural district, which will begin with a three-year strategic plan, is expected to draw community members back and boost their sense of identity and belonging.

America’s first Pacific Islander cultural district is set to take shape in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley, a neighborhood that has been home to the community for more than a century.

The city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the creation of the district on Tuesday. Its development will begin with a three-year strategic plan, according to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development.

Pacific Islander man charged with hate crime in robberies targeting Asian spas in Washington state

  • Tuli Aumaunofo Kalani Tevaga, 23, was charged with four counts of first-degree robbery and one count of a hate crime for allegedly targeting Asian-owned spas in Washington state from April to June.
  • Tevaga, who is identified as Asian American and Pacific Islander himself, targeted the spas because he thought the victims would not report his crimes, according to court documents.
  • In each incident, the suspect pulled out what appeared to be a weapon, demanded money, pushed the victim and stole the cash before fleeing.
  • After his arrest on June 9, Tevaga reportedly confessed to his crimes, saying he had victimized more than a dozen massage parlors in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

A man has been charged with multiple counts of robbery and a hate crime after allegedly targeting Asian-owned spas in Washington state’s Puget Sound area between April and June.

Tuli Aumaunofo Kalani Tevaga, 23, who is identified as Asian American and Pacific Islander himself, targeted the spas “based on his perception that the race of [the] parlors’ owner suggested they would be engaged in illegal activity, thus unlikely to report his crimes to law enforcement,” as per court documents.

Report: Low-income Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders among those most negatively impacted by the pandemic

ALICE Study

Low-income American Indian or Native Alaskan, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander households were among those who suffered the most negative economic impacts brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent national study found. 

Bearing the brunt: According to the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) analysis of National COVID Surveys, members of American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AIAN/H/PI) communities, along with Black and Hispanic demographics, suffered the highest percentage of job loss and health issues among all reporting ethnic groups in the United States.

More Asian Americans Are Going Into Politics Than Ever Before

There are now more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) than ever participating in American politics, an apparent shift from the inactivity that the group has long been criticized for.

The increase has been observed in both the numbers of candidates and voters. For one, a record number of AAPIs are running for Congress, with up to 59 likely on the ballot this year, according to AAPI Victory Fund President Varun Nikore.

Taika Waititi Says New Zealand is ‘Racist as F**k’

“Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi slammed his home country of New Zealand in a new interview, calling it “racist as f**k” because of people’s disregard for proper pronunciation.

“It’s racist as f**k,” Waititi, who is of Māori descent, explained to British magazine Dazed. “I mean, I think New Zealand is the best place on the planet, but it’s a racist place. People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Maori names properly.”

BYU Comedy Skit ‘Moana You Ugly’ Draws Backlash for Racism

A skit has been pulled from a Brigham Young University comedy troupe’s lineup after Pacific Islander activists accused the organization of brownface, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The skit, created by Divine Comedy and titled “Moana You Ugly”, was a mashup of last year’s Disney hit, “Moana”, and the 1969 LDS-produced film “Johnny Lingo”.

The skit in question was named after one of the quotes from “Johnny Lingo”, said by the father of Mahana, one of the main characters:

Disturbing Massachusetts Bill Pushes for Data Collection of Asian-Americans

A bill that seeks to collect data from Asian-American and Pacific Islander ethnic groups in Massachusetts has been met with outrage from the concerned communities in the state, with many calling the proposal a “racist bill”.

Introduced by Democratic Rep. Tackey Chan of Massachusetts in January, the MA House Bill H3361 is set to require state agencies in Massachusetts to identify Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders through data collected from surveys, to be broken down by the state’s five largest ethnic groups in the state, including Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese.