Bilingual journalist. San Francisco-based.
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On February 8th, under concerns of the pandemic, San Francisco Chinatown hosted the Year of the Rat lunar new year parade, drawing large crowds. (Photo: Han Li)

2020 is finally over. Looking back at this past year, San Francisco’s Chinese community captured major news headlines — good and bad — and kept reporters covering those stories busier than ever.

  • January: City Hall corruption scandal ensnares Chinese community business leaders.

At the end of January, as Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations began, the FBI arrested Public Works Department Head Mohammed Nuru, launching a still-ongoing City Hall corruption scandal. Soon, Chinatown business leaders Walter Wong and Florence Kong were also named and charged. …


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Linda Shen, left, and David Lei held their wedding at the Far East in 1974. (Courtesy photo)

The century-old landmark restaurant in San Francisco Chinatown, the Far East Cafe, will close at the end of 2020. Though the owner still has a glimmer of hope of returning sometime in 2021, the community less optimistic is saddened by the news.


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Connie Chan, David Lee, and Marjan Philhour.

I got a chance to chat with Connie, David, and Marjan in early October, and here are excerpts from each of the conversations. The Chinese-language in-depth profile articles are published on Sunday, Oct 18.

With Connie Chan 陳詩敏

Han: What’s your dream at that time when you came to San Francisco from Hong Kong at the age of 13?


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Visitacion Valley Playground. (Photo: Rec and Park Department)

Updated on Sep 28:


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San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Police Chief Bill Scott. (Photo: Han Li)

Amid the pandemic, a rising trend of news coverage and social media reports of attacks against Asian Americans across the U.S. exposes an unprecedented public safety concern in the victimized community.


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Yu Fen Huang(third from left) with family members and her defense attorney Linda Yu(second from left) after the acquittal. (World Journal archive photo in 2014)

One San Francisco police officer’s Cantonese translation was found flawed and misleading in a 2014 Chinatown mom knife threatening case. But the conclusion of misconduct took five-plus years to make, irritating the Public Defender’s office.


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2019 “Golden Spike” ceremony group photo. Judge Michael Kwan sitting in the front center. (Photo: Han Li)

The sudden death of Judge Michael Kwan(關維斌) from Utah shocked the Chinese American community nationwide. In particular, the Bay Area community felt hit strongly by the tragic news because of its close ties with Kwan.


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Chinatown area has 14 COVID-19 cases. (Photo: Han Li)

San Francisco’s Chinatown has recorded at least one COVID-19 related death case since the pandemic hit the city. However, this densely-populated area keeps the title as the neighborhood with the lowest infection rate citywide.


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Leland Yee in 2011. (Photo: World Journal archive)

Leland Yee(余胤良), a former California state senator who was convicted on multiple federal charges, was released from a Sacramento halfway house last week after serving five years in jail.


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Sharon Lai. (Photo: Facebook)

San Francisco’s transportation policy governing board has been without an Asian American member for more than a year. And Mayor London Breed is proposing to change that.

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