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U.S. Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s powerful reading was among the highlights of Inauguration Day. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Inauguration shines light in this never-ending shade

Here’s to renewal and resolve in 2021 and beyond

U.S. Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s powerful reading was among the highlights of Inauguration Day. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
While Oakland has seen vicious action surrounding a memorial to Breonna Taylor, residents in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago put up a mural in her honor in December. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

After its hateful destruction, Breonna Taylor’s statue will be restored

America must deal with how Trumpism equals racism combined with narcissism, irrationalism, terrorism

While Oakland has seen vicious action surrounding a memorial to Breonna Taylor, residents in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago put up a mural in her honor in December. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Writer Ann Kim prepares Korean rice cake soup with dumplings (<em>duk mandoo kuk</em>) on New Year’s Day. (Courtesy MyKoreanKitchen.com)

Bay Area luminaries weigh in on their 2020 holiday rituals

Following tradition can offer calmness amid chaos

Writer Ann Kim prepares Korean rice cake soup with dumplings (<em>duk mandoo kuk</em>) on New Year’s Day. (Courtesy MyKoreanKitchen.com)
There are resources for domestic violence survivors in increasingly dangerous situations during the pandemic. <ins>(Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach Screenshot)</ins>

COVID-19 has led to fewer options for domestic violence survivors

But Bay Area nonprofits continue to provide crucial service

There are resources for domestic violence survivors in increasingly dangerous situations during the pandemic. <ins>(Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach Screenshot)</ins>
Indecline, an art activist collective in San Francisco, transformed a billboard into an editorial with a message blasting immigration policies of Donald Trump’s administration. (Screenshot, Indecline website)

Has immigration fallen off the administration’s radar? Not a chance

Enforced as executive orders, Trump’s hardline policies are proceeding, against will of the people

Indecline, an art activist collective in San Francisco, transformed a billboard into an editorial with a message blasting immigration policies of Donald Trump’s administration. (Screenshot, Indecline website)
John Yang, president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice and a former undocumented immigrant, said the 2020 election outcome felt personally meaningful to him. (Screenshot)

There are very good reasons for liberal optimism

The 2020 election produced the most diverse, enthusiastic electorate in history

John Yang, president of Asian Americans Advancing Justice and a former undocumented immigrant, said the 2020 election outcome felt personally meaningful to him. (Screenshot)
A study published in the December 2016 Scientific Reports journal reveals that brain activity increases when people’s political beliefs are challenged. <ins>(Screenshot Scientific Reports)</ins>

Now is the time to make friends with enemies

We can be civil to others who have different political beliefs

A study published in the December 2016 Scientific Reports journal reveals that brain activity increases when people’s political beliefs are challenged. <ins>(Screenshot Scientific Reports)</ins>
False information on Twitter and other platforms can be manipulative and destructive.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>

Social media can turn us against each other

Only empathy can alleviate the hate spread by misinformation

False information on Twitter and other platforms can be manipulative and destructive.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
A civil, thoughtful 1965 debate between James Baldwin, left, and William F. Buckley was the antithesis of the square-off between the November 2020 U.S. presidential candidates. (Courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

Historic debate highlights just how bad the Trump-Biden debacle really was

James Baldwin and William F. Buckley thoughtful, eloquent in 1965 face-off over race

A civil, thoughtful 1965 debate between James Baldwin, left, and William F. Buckley was the antithesis of the square-off between the November 2020 U.S. presidential candidates. (Courtesy Magnolia Pictures)
A survey of 1,569 registered Asian American voters conducted from July 15 to Sept. 10, 2020 revealed interesting trends. (Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: New survey finds engagement and trend to progressivism among Asian American voters

The 2016 election and ‘Trump effect’ have fired up the voting bloc

A survey of 1,569 registered Asian American voters conducted from July 15 to Sept. 10, 2020 revealed interesting trends. (Courtesy photo)
Doing the census is critical in maintaining democracy in America. (Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: A primer on how the census impacts presidential elections

It’s urgent that San Francisco submits an accurate count

Doing the census is critical in maintaining democracy in America. (Courtesy photo)
Shyamala Gopalan Harris, left, pictured with her daughter in 2007 in Kamala Harris’ memoir, set an example and paved the way for her child’s future in public service and as a proud woman of color. (Courtesy Kamala Harris)

In Brown Type: Kamala Harris’ mother was also a trailblazer

Shyamala Gopalan Harris came from India at 19 to chart an impressive career in the U.S.

Shyamala Gopalan Harris, left, pictured with her daughter in 2007 in Kamala Harris’ memoir, set an example and paved the way for her child’s future in public service and as a proud woman of color. (Courtesy Kamala Harris)
Donald Trump’s policies have increased scrutiny of people applying for the H1-B visa, the most common visa for skilled workers. (Courtesy photo)
Donald Trump’s policies have increased scrutiny of people applying for the H1-B visa, the most common visa for skilled workers. (Courtesy photo)
This screenshot from the U.S. Census 2020 website shows the response rate to the census across San Francisco as of July 28, 2020. (Courtesy https://2020census.gov/)

In Brown Type: 2020 census count must include undocumented immigrants

Reliable reporting from nonpartisan source is essential to democracy

This screenshot from the U.S. Census 2020 website shows the response rate to the census across San Francisco as of July 28, 2020. (Courtesy https://2020census.gov/)
Police in London, a city with about the same level of crime as San Francisco, don’t carry firearms. (Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: Do San Francisco cops need guns for everyday policing?

SFPD motto seems to be ‘iron in peace, iron in war’

Police in London, a city with about the same level of crime as San Francisco, don’t carry firearms. (Courtesy photo)
Roxie Washington (R) and Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, attend his funeral service in the chapel at the Fountain of Praise church on June 9 in Houston, Texas. (Tribune News Service)

In Brown Type: Fatherless on Father’s Day

“What do you want people to know?” asked Eva Pilgrim, an anchor…

Roxie Washington (R) and Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, attend his funeral service in the chapel at the Fountain of Praise church on June 9 in Houston, Texas. (Tribune News Service)
A sketch by San Francisco high-schooler Nashae Mims reflects the stress of growing up in the projects. (Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: Lessons of trauma color the experiences of black children

A high schooler’s artwork frames this moment of disrepair in the country

A sketch by San Francisco high-schooler Nashae Mims reflects the stress of growing up in the projects. (Courtesy photo)
With incidents of hate against Asians and Asian Americans increasing during the pandemic, it’s time for people who witness such acts to step up. (Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: History repeats as Asians bear the brunt of coronavirus rage

Our best defense against the virus of animosity is to present a collective front, in defiance of division, whether we are Asian or not

With incidents of hate against Asians and Asian Americans increasing during the pandemic, it’s time for people who witness such acts to step up. (Courtesy photo)
Kristin Houk, owner of Tato, delivering produce to Mother Brown’s, a local shelter in Bayview. Monday through Friday I pick up produce from the SF Market that is generously donated via a food recovery program. (Courtesy photo)

SF restaurants turn to helping others during coronavirus crisis

Local chefs survive pandemic by cooking for people in need aided by angel investor Twitch CEO Emmett Shear

Kristin Houk, owner of Tato, delivering produce to Mother Brown’s, a local shelter in Bayview. Monday through Friday I pick up produce from the SF Market that is generously donated via a food recovery program. (Courtesy photo)
In The City, 60 percent of all health aides, 40 percent of nurses, and 30 percent of physicians and surgeons are immigrants. (Courtesy photo)

Immigrants working in health care bring a culture of caring

In early December last year, my mother fell and sustained multiple injuries…

In The City, 60 percent of all health aides, 40 percent of nurses, and 30 percent of physicians and surgeons are immigrants. (Courtesy photo)