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The stats say Asians have the fewest cases of COVID. But is that really true?

“Asians in New Jersey have the lowest percentage of COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths compared with the population” — I saw that not long ago in an article displaying recent New Jersey Department of Health data and was glad to see it. With caseloads at 4.8% compared with 12.2 % for Black people, 23.8 %...
By Daysi Calavia-Robertson, NJ |

Jerry Garcia: Hall of Famer + California’s next century + XPO settles with drivers

California 100, a statewide initiative that aims to provide a vision and plan for the state’s next 100 years, announced its 26-member commission this week. The group’s commissioners come from diverse sets of fields, ranging from health care to transportation. Some of the commissioners include Michael Tubbs, Gov. Newsom’s special adviser for economic mobility and...
By Andrew Sheeler, The Sacramento Bee |

Woman Tells Asian Man Anti-Asian Hate Doesn't Really Exist: 'I'm Over That Whole Narrative'

The woman backed up her belief Asian hate doesn't exist based on the fact she didn't "see the Asian community out there protesting over Asian hate"—something @charleschoiboy quickly corrected her on. A recent report by AAPI Data revealed more than two million Asians and Pacific Islanders found themselves met with harassment, discrimination or even violence...
By John Curtis, Comic Sands |

Many Asian Republicans blame Trump, not GOP, for discrimination

Beth Fukumoto, who served as the Republican leader in the Hawaii State Legislature from 2014 to 2017, said she’d seen some earnest GOP efforts to reach out to Asian American voters before Trump landed the party’s presidential nomination. Both state and national Republican leaders were piqued by the rapid growth of the AAPI electorate, Fukumoto...
By Matthew Choi, Politico |

Citizenship Reimagined Wins APSA Award, Co-authored by CSI Director

Riverside, CA - Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of public policy at the University of California, Riverside, and director of the Center for Social Innovation, received the 2021 Best Book Award on Migration and Citizenship by the American Political Science Association last week, for Citizenship Reimagined: A New Framework for State Rights in the United States (Cambridge...

Asian Americans in North Texas mobilize in fight against continued rise in hate incidents

“Far from being the enemy, Asian Americans have actually been on the front lines, with many Asian American health care workers involved in caring for their fellow Texans,” Xie said in a prepared statement. “I am so sad that we are the ones to be blamed for the cause of COVID-19. We ask that the...
By Hojun Choi, The Dallas Morning News |

Meet the 5 small Indian ethnic wear brands that are making a mark globally

Irrespective of which part of the world you hail from, Indian ethnic wear is sure to catch your attention. The design, embroidery, and weaving techniques that are a part of a traditional ensemble don’t just grab eyeballs, but also represent Indian traditions and culture. Each Indian ethnic wear brings its own history, charm, characteristics, and...
By Palak Agarwal, SMB Story |

Harris-Modi meet a ‘coming-of-age’ moment for Indian diaspora: LA Times

Vice President Kamala Harris’ Thursday meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been described as ‘history making’ and ‘coming-of-age’ moment for Indian diaspora by the Los Angles Times. She would be “making history as the highest-ranking Indian American to welcome the leader of a country that is becoming one of America’s most important allies,”...
By Arun Kumar, The American Bazaar |

Kamala Harris meeting Modi is ‘coming of age’ moment for Indian diaspora, says her home state newspaper

Harris is scheduled to meet Modi on Thursday, making history as the highest-ranking Indian-American to welcome the leader of a country that is becoming one of America’s most important allies, The Los Angeles Times newspaper said. This would be her first meeting with Modi, 71, whose government has not only championed the cause of the...
By PTI, Financial Express |

Kamala Harris meeting PM Modi is 'coming of age' moment for Indian diaspora, says her home state newspaper

US Vice President Kamala Harris meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the White House on Thursday afternoon is a “coming of age” moment for the Indian diaspora, a prominent US newspaper in her home state has said on the eve of the historic meeting between the two leaders. Harris, 56, is the first-ever Indian American...
By PTI, Money Control |

Harris to meet with Modi in ‘coming-of-age’ moment for Indian diaspora

Harris and Modi will discuss regional issues, including democracy, human rights, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and security, according to a senior administration official who would brief reporters only on the condition of anonymity. The two spoke by phone over the summer as India suffered one of the world’s deadliest waves of COVID-19, and Harris...
By Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times |

SF State Professor Russell Jeung Honored For Spearheading Campaign Against Asian-American Hate Crimes

The $156.5 million AAPI Equity Budget bill funds actions to end the surge in anti-AAPI hate and violence over the past year. Below is a summary of where the state funds go: $110 million – a majority of the funding – will go to community organizations that are providing vital victim services and prevention $10...
By KPIX CBS SF Bay Area |

Gavin Newsom and Larry Elder want votes from Asian Americans. Are they a recall swing vote?

The attention each candidate is paying to Asian Americans communities reflects their growing clout in California politics. In 2003, when the state had its last recall election, Asian Americans made up just 7% of California’s electorate. Now, the population makes up 17% of California’s electorate. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders tend to vote Democratic and...
By Jeong Park, The Modesto Bee |

Op-Ed: The California recall process is reckless. Here’s how to modernize it

When voters ratified the statewide recall in October 1911, California led the nation in innovative governance. Until then, direct democracy mechanisms had mostly been reserved for local governments, such as New England town halls. The Progressive Party, with Gov. Hiram Johnson of California as its most outspoken champion, proposed the recall as a means for...
By Henry Brady and Karthick Ramakrishnan, LA Times |

Right wing media's latest misinformation campaign targets the California recall

Claims of election fraud were a staple in right-wing media during and after the 2020 presidential election. Fox News had to air coverage in February debunking fraudulent claims by the network's hosts after a legal threat from voting technology company Smartmatic. Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy at UC Riverside, said this emerging pattern...
By Ramishah Maruf, CNN Business |

Good Jobs in the Inland Empire

The Center for Social Innovation released a report today that provides important insights about the effects of the COVID-19 recession on good jobs in the region, with early indicators of how these jobs are developing during the subsequent recovery. The concept of a ‘good job’ universally centers around a job that provides stable and relatively...

ORG CHART: Maher Al Rwahnih at FPS, Plus Appointees to Board of Regents

Blas Pedral, a second-year law student at UC Berkeley, is a first-generation college student who received a bachelor’s degree with honors in global studies from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in higher education and administration from the University of Vermont. She brings perspective not only as a student but as a former staff...
By Dateline Staff, UC Davis News |

Pandemic concerns may prime people to discriminate against Asians and Latinos

People who are primed to think about the COVID-19 pandemic are more likely to discriminate against Asian and Latino Americans, a new study suggests. The findings, described this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, highlight yet another way that the pandemic has ramped up discrimination against racial and ethnic minority groups...
By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times |

Building Civic Health through Healthy Democracies

It is by now widely recognized that population health is shaped, not only by clinical care, but also by community conditions such as affordable housing, quality education, living wage jobs, and even more broadly by social and economic factors such as poverty and discrimination, and policy-related factors like immigrant integration and exclusion. This shift in...
By Civic Engagement and Population Health Initiative |

Uncovering a Long History of Racism

There’s a Chinese proverb that says 一个可以吞下侮辱的人是一个男人 or “One who can swallow an insult is a man.” In the light of the East Asian hate crimes this past year, this phrase represents the silence and backlash that Asian Americans have taken. Inny Kim, a long-term sub for social science at Trinity Prep, was standing in...
By Evan Huang, The Trinity Voice |