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[20 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Chinatown author tells family stories under Exclusion Act | ]
Chinatown author tells family stories under Exclusion Act

William Wong is a renowned journalist and writer who was born and grew up in Oakland’s Chinatown. He is the author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America and Images of America: Oakland’s Chinatown and a co-author of Images of America: Angel Island.
510report’s Guo Shipeng interviewed him for a story on the 65th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which fell on Wednesday, December 17. Wong responded to Guo’s questions with long and interesting answers, in which he told about his parent’s hard journey for a better …

Chinatown, Featured, Immigration, Multimedia, Oakland »

[20 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Chinatown looks forward on anniversary of Exclusion Act repeal | ]
Chinatown looks forward on anniversary of Exclusion Act repeal

Special thanks to Chinese Historical Society of America for the exhibition photos. Click HERE to view the exhibition online.
By Guo Shipeng
It was a tranquil afternoon in the heart of the Oakland’s Chinatown on Wednesday, December 17.
Guan Shujuan was watching her four-year-old daughter playing around the “Junk Boat”, a replica of one used by early Chinese immigrants to sail across the Pacific and a popular play structure for kids on the Lincoln Square.
“What act? Anti-Chinese act?” the slightly built woman looked bewildered when asked if she had heard of the …

Eastlake, Featured, Immigration, Oakland »

[15 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Burmese Monk Finds Refuge in Oakland | ]

U Kovida is a 24-year-old monk living in Oakland as a refugee.  He is wanted by the Burmese military junta for leading protests in September 2007.


Berkeley, Featured »

[9 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Angela Kilduff —
During the protest, Erik Eisenberg, known as “Ayr,” supported the tree-sitters and sometimes acted as spokesman for the cause. On Monday, November 17, Eisenberg hurled a steady stream of expletives at Michael Goldstein, attorney for the UC Board of Regents, and followed Goldstein down the hallway of the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse. Goldstein, accompanied by six UC Berkeley police officers, did not respond.
This scene followed a hearing for Regents vs. Galloway, the civil case filed on behalf of the Regents of the University of California by Goldstein.

Arts & Culture, Business, Civic Life, Faces & Places, Fremont, Multimedia »

[8 Dec 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

By Linsay Rousseau Burnett
Take a stroll through the Allegro Music Store and it’s rich history. Hover your mouse over the collage to scroll right and left or grab the scroll bar at the bottom. Pressing the play button in the bottom left hand corner will scroll the collage automatically. Click on the audio icon in the bottom right hand corner and press the play button to listen to the song “Training Day,” by the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, in the background as you explore the collage. Alto saxophonist Gabe Eaton …

Arts & Culture, Chinatown, Immigration, Multimedia »

[7 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Chinatown taps its youth for Cantonese Opera talents | ]

By Guo Shipeng
Cantonese Opera is probably the most common subtype of Chinese opera in the United States.  In the Bay Area, it is popular among first-generation Chinese immigrants, people at least in their 40s, if not older. But in recent years the Red Bean Cantonese Opera House in Oakland’s Chinatown has been trying to introduce the traditional art to the community’s American-born youth. 
Its youth troupe has trained dozens of “little Red Beans” so far, who have performed in its annual full productions in the summer. 
It is no small achievement and …

Business, Eastlake, Oakland »

[6 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on State Fund to Clean Up Gas Stations Low | ]

By Adelaide Chen
The chain link fence around the perimeter of a corner gas station is contributing to the blight in the International and East 12th Street Corridor, neighbors say.
But the owner is having a hard time maintaining and keeping up with equipment upgrades required by state law.

Berkeley, Civic Life, On Campus »

[6 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Sproul fight raises tensions among UC Berkeley’s Jewish students | ]

Click to hear an audio report from Will Jason about tensions within UC Berkeley’s Jewish community

Civic Life, Fremont, Multimedia, Wild Card »

[5 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Candle-light Vigil for Mumbai Massacre Victims | ]

By Mateen Kaul —
The Indian community gathered in large numbers at the Milpitas Indian Community Center on Thursday, December 4, to remember the victims of the militant attacks in Mumbai.

Faces & Places, Fremont, Multimedia »

[5 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Slideshow: Indian Community Unites to Condemn Attacks | ]

Over 500 members of the East Bay Indian community gathered in a show of unity to condemn last week’s Mumbai attacks. Congregating at the India Community Center in Milpitas, the crowd crossed religious lines, including members of the Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish communities. They lit candles in a vigil and signed a petition condemning terrorism.