Jaya Padmanabhan

Janet Tom has been a librarian at San Francisco Public Library for 18 years. (Jaya Padmanabhan /Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco librarian makes a living serving her community

Janet Tom began her career as a librarian in 1999

Janet Tom has been a librarian at San Francisco Public Library for 18 years. (Jaya Padmanabhan /Special to S.F. Examiner)
“Kamala Harris and Mindy Kaling Cook Masala Dosa” in a YouTube video.

Why the Mindy Kaling-Kamala Harris cooking video lacked spice

Navigating identity politics is never easy

“Kamala Harris and Mindy Kaling Cook Masala Dosa” in a YouTube video.
Debate over the mural, “Life of Washington,” hanging at George Washington High School continued for much of 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Top 10 reasons San Francisco will remember 2019

History books will find this 19th year in the third millennium to be notable on several accounts.

Debate over the mural, “Life of Washington,” hanging at George Washington High School continued for much of 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
People have many types of reactions when encountering others who live on the streets, from critical, to fearful, curious, removed — or compassionate. (Courtesy photo)                                People have many types of reactions when encountering others who live on the streets, from critical, to fearful, curious, removed — or compassionate. (Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: What our gazes say about how we view homeless people

In this neighborhood, he stood out, and I saw cars slow down as they passed him by.

People have many types of reactions when encountering others who live on the streets, from critical, to fearful, curious, removed — or compassionate. (Courtesy photo)                                People have many types of reactions when encountering others who live on the streets, from critical, to fearful, curious, removed — or compassionate. (Courtesy photo)
With advances in modern medicine, technology, nutrition and healthy living, more and more people are enjoying their eighth and ninth decades. (Courtesy photo)

When older residents can’t make ends meet

In less than 10 years I will be part of the elderly population.

With advances in modern medicine, technology, nutrition and healthy living, more and more people are enjoying their eighth and ninth decades. (Courtesy photo)
The United States is 19th on the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. (Courtesy photo)

What’s in your happiness cocktail?

When I consider what makes me consistently and iteratively happy, I’d say it’s when I come up with novel ideas and find words to frame them.

The United States is 19th on the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. (Courtesy photo)
(Jaya Padmanabhan/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco high schoolers examine perspectives that harm

It is only through self-examination can we reckon with how different groups are affected in different ways by commonly heard narratives.

(Jaya Padmanabhan/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. President and CEO Bill Johnson (behind podium) at a press conference at the company’s headquarters on Friday, Oct. 11, answering questions about the largest public safety shutoff in the country’s history – initiated by PG&E.

What the PG& E blackouts taught us about disruptions, good and bad

The dictionary defines disrupt as causing “disorder or turmoil in,” originating from the Latin word disruptus, in the mid 1600s, meaning to burst asunder.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. President and CEO Bill Johnson (behind podium) at a press conference at the company’s headquarters on Friday, Oct. 11, answering questions about the largest public safety shutoff in the country’s history – initiated by PG&E.
Fear of being labeled a foreigner and revealing personal ancestral origin information should not be the criteria for Asian origin subsumption in the 2020 Census. (Courtesy photo)

Don’t aggregate Asians into one category in the 2020 Census

A member of the Asian American Coalition for Education has launched a campaign to remove sub-Asian race options in the 2020 census.

Fear of being labeled a foreigner and revealing personal ancestral origin information should not be the criteria for Asian origin subsumption in the 2020 Census. (Courtesy photo)
Critics are likely to question how much America should bend to make language accommodations to those who seek entry when they aren’t yet part of the fabric of the country.                                                                 Courtesy photo

Language used as a weapon to exclude at U.S. borders

Research found that the asylum seekers came from 28 different countries, and spoke 36 different primary languages.

Critics are likely to question how much America should bend to make language accommodations to those who seek entry when they aren’t yet part of the fabric of the country.                                                                 Courtesy photo
A still from the movie “América” directed by Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside, which screens in the Legacy Film Festival on Aging. (Courtesy photo)

Legacy Film Festival brings fresh take on aging

The films are about resiliency, hope, and overcoming loneliness.

A still from the movie “América” directed by Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside, which screens in the Legacy Film Festival on Aging. (Courtesy photo)
Many black immigrants to America are never quite sure what box to tick when asked about his ethnicity on forms such as the U.S. Census. (Courtesy photo)

African immigrants struggle to find place in US

Being refused simple services and then having to apologize for the imposition of our presence, “that’s part of being black,” Adoubou Traore said.

Many black immigrants to America are never quite sure what box to tick when asked about his ethnicity on forms such as the U.S. Census. (Courtesy photo)
Mariachi Jalisciense play music as family and friends gathered in San Jose on August 4 honoring Keyla Keyla Salazar, a 13-year-old girl was killed in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting.

The anatomy of a young man’s rage

About a year ago, I met a twenty-something man, whom I’m going to call Z, who talked to me about his rage.

Mariachi Jalisciense play music as family and friends gathered in San Jose on August 4 honoring Keyla Keyla Salazar, a 13-year-old girl was killed in the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting.
How ordering dinner through Door Dash for her husband started a debate about maintaining your individuality within a family. (Courtesy photo)

Can tasks really be shared equally in a family?

The collective peace of a family depends on each individual’s happiness quotient within the unit.

How ordering dinner through Door Dash for her husband started a debate about maintaining your individuality within a family. (Courtesy photo)
Many Punjabi Indian immigrants in North America practice farming. (Courtesy photo)

Punjabi Indians are increasingly crossing borders to seek asylum in the U.S.

In 2019 there have been over 7,000 Indians in deportation proceedings in courts across the nation.

Many Punjabi Indian immigrants in North America practice farming. (Courtesy photo)
Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census, people are already anxious about participating in the 2020 Census. (Courtesy photo)

Estimate of a 2020 census undercount is growing

Census advocates in California and elsewhere are working to remediate the atmosphere of fear and suspicion.

Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census, people are already anxious about participating in the 2020 Census. (Courtesy photo)
A childhood pursuit of catching colorful insects is a metaphor for the president’s ideas about changing U.S. immigration policies. (Courtesy photo)

How chasing dragonflies relates to Trump’s merit-based immigration proposal

During summer holidays, my brother and I would come home from our respective Catholic boarding schools and spend lazy days reading and exploring.

A childhood pursuit of catching colorful insects is a metaphor for the president’s ideas about changing U.S. immigration policies. (Courtesy photo)
Mayor Ed Lee speaks to the attendees of his State of the City Address at the Hibernia Bank in San Franciso on Thursday January 26, 2017. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To SF Examiner)

Ed Lee: The Man Behind the Mayor

“My dad was a behind-the-scenes guy … when he decided to run, it was one of the greatest decisions he made.”

Mayor Ed Lee speaks to the attendees of his State of the City Address at the Hibernia Bank in San Franciso on Thursday January 26, 2017. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To SF Examiner)
In the show Gilmore Girls, starring Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham, a strong community helps support single mother Lorelai Gilmore. (Courtesy photo)

Gilmore Girls and what’s needed for the growing numbers of single mothers

Policymakers must find a way to provide better support for families of all types

In the show Gilmore Girls, starring Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham, a strong community helps support single mother Lorelai Gilmore. (Courtesy photo)
The Census 2020 may be less accurate if the citizenship question is included. (Courtesy photo)

Adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census: A legitimate fear

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last Tuesday about the Census Bureau’s…

The Census 2020 may be less accurate if the citizenship question is included. (Courtesy photo)