Jaya Padmanabhan

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)
Not everyone can do their job through Zoom during the coronavirus outbreak, including the workers who pick the produce for the grocery store shelves. (Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: Don’t leave immigrants and communities of color behind

Despite our continued investment in cutting edge technology and science, we don’t quite know why this virus has such diverse effects on the human body

Not everyone can do their job through Zoom during the coronavirus outbreak, including the workers who pick the produce for the grocery store shelves. (Courtesy photo)
In uncertain times surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to consider immigration practices. (Courtesy photo)

Immigration at the time of coronavirus

Now’s the time to safeguard all people, regardless of the papers they carry

In uncertain times surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to consider immigration practices. (Courtesy photo)
Urtnasan Enkhbat says that Mongolians are undercounted in the Bay Area. (Courtesy Jaya Padmanabhan)

Mongolians in the Bay Area are optimistic about the future

Despite challenges, recent immigrants have high aspirations

Urtnasan Enkhbat says that Mongolians are undercounted in the Bay Area. (Courtesy Jaya Padmanabhan)
Simileoluwa Adebajo working at her restaurant, Eko Kitchen in San Francisco. (Courtesy/Reeddavisphotography.com)

Trump’s travel ban ignores the Nigerian success story

Adebajo left Nigeria to come to America in 2016, when she turned 21, to enroll in the University of San Francisco for a master’s in International Economics.

Simileoluwa Adebajo working at her restaurant, Eko Kitchen in San Francisco. (Courtesy/Reeddavisphotography.com)
The public charge rule will most affect individuals seeking to join their loved ones as lawful permanent residents in the United States. (Karl Sonnenberg/Courtesy photo)

In Brown Type: New immigration rule is shortsighted

On January 27, the Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 vote, gave the go-ahead to the Trump administration to implement its public charge rule

The public charge rule will most affect individuals seeking to join their loved ones as lawful permanent residents in the United States. (Karl Sonnenberg/Courtesy photo)
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)