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Angel Island, the former immigration station used to examine and control Chinese immigrants' entry into the United State during the Chinese Exclusion Act, will open its brand new museum to the public in fall 2021.

In the early 1900s, tens of thousands of immigrating Chinese were detained on the island. Only after passing the strictest scrutiny through interrogating questions and invasive health screenings were they allowed entry to San Francisco.

The new Angel Island Immigration Museum sits on the site of a former hospital building. After seven years of renovation, the two-story building details the immigrant experience in its showrooms.

World War II ended in 1945 but the fight for recognition continues.

In 2018, I wrote several articles about the national Chinese American community’s effort pushing for Congressional Gold Medal recognition, the highest honor from Congress, to be bestowed upon World War II Chinese American veterans.

At that time, nothing had materialized but those initiating the concept knew time was of the essence: the youngest of the surviving veterans were now in their late eighties.

The Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), Chinese American political and community leaders, along with Chinese American veterans persisted in their goal, and legislation was finally…

Amid the crisis of non-stop anti-Asian violence and hate incidents, an Asian American woman has been appointed to be the interim head of the Victim Services Division at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Kasie Lee 李蕙儀, a Chinese American attorney who is fluent in Cantonese, assumes her new position as a key figure in victims support on May 17, 2021, as the City grapples with non-stop daily attacks on Asian Americans.

  • Helping Asian victims

“I have very strong feelings about Asian victims having access to justice,” said Lee. She pointed out that when she was in college, she began…

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.

We reviewed the year month by month and here are some highlights of an unforgettable year.

  • 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…

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.

An outpouring of affectionate memories from native San Franciscans about the Far East follows, revealing how deeply this popular banquet space was connected with the City’s Chinese American culture.

Decades ago, Chinatown had a number of restaurants that could single-handedly accommodate banquet settings for hundreds, if not over a thousand. …

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?

Connie: I think at that time, so young, I was thinking about how can I make it to college. I was kinda worried! As a first-generation immigrant, I didn't really speak English or wasn't that well. I was really worried if…

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An outdoor playground in San Francisco may soon be renamed to remember an assault victim, associating with a goal to deliver positive messages to the neighborhood.

Yik Oi Huang(黃馬奕愛), an 89-year-old Asian American “Grandma Huang” who lived in the city’s southeastern community Visitacion Valley, was brutally attacked in 2019 while she’s exercising in the Visitacion Valley Playground. After a year of hospitalization, Huang passed away in early 2020.

Community members now are organizing to start a petition to change the name of the public park where the crime was committed to “Yik…

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.

San Francisco, a city with more than one-third of its population are of Asian descent, is considering forming an anti-Asian hate crimes task force to tackle the threats. This move, currently under discussion in City Hall, is following the New York Police Department(NYPD) announcing the creation of the “Asian Hate Crime Task Force” in August.

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it has not been easy for our Chinese community…

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.

Yu Fen Huang, a Toishanese-speaking monolingual janitor who lived in Chinatown with her two teenage daughters, was arrested on July 19, 2014. She allegedly held a kitchen knife while cooking and said “I’ll chop you up” to her daughters because of some family arguments. The elder daughter called 911, and the incident led to a series of arrest, restraining order, and prosecution of criminal threats…

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.

Kwan was found unresponsive at home between July 21 to 22. The specific time and cause of death are still unclear. He was 58.

For years, Kwan had been an iconic leader pushing for the mainstream recognition of the Chinese railroad workers’ contribution in building the First Transcontinental Railroad, which was finished in 1869 and connected the U.S. east to west.

Each year in Promontory…

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