Jaya Padmanabhan

How the barbed wire fences of Japanese internment camps were snipped

In “Storied Lives,” Gary Y. Okihiro’s book on Japanese-American students and World…

What ‘60 Minutes’ didn’t say about H-1B visas

CBS’s “60 Minutes” program recently did a segment on how IT jobs…

What’s quality got to do with it? On tech shortage, H-1Bs and Stephen Curry

"What you have to realize is that all talent isn’t created equal.…

Is there really a tech worker shortage?

Here’s what we know about H-1B visas: The tech industry postulates a…

H-1B visa: A policy of constrainment

Many immigrants have a story behind their longing for America, and most…

H-1B visa: Gateway to outsource San Francisco jobs

In my last column, I wrote about the H-1B visa system and…

Keep jobs in America by increasing the H-1B quota

One of the most arresting stories I’ve read about H-1B woes is…

Silently marching in place

I experienced “Hidden Figures.” I watched the movie at a theater where…

Five verbs to get us through 2017

I’m not a big believer in resolutions. Mostly, they’ve been a January…

What a Pew poll says about our views on undocumented immigrants

A Pew Research Center national poll, conducted in August 2016 among 2,010…

The cost of Deferred Action and cost of ending Deferred Action

Diana Wong, a 27-year-old San Francisco resident, came to America with her…

Modeled on Japanese internment, Muslim registry opens old wounds

Recently, I read Bay Area-born writer Julie Otsuko’s exquisitely framed novel, “The…

Stories of Refugees, Part IV: Out of Syria

Mohanad Hussein, his young wife, Hadeel, and their toddler Nusreen arrived in…

Stories of Refugees, Part III: Out of Syria

‘My mother is a very good cook,” 18-year-old Basima said, her smile…

Stories of Refugees, Part II: Out of Burma

The Burma-Karen conflict, one of the longest running civil wars in the…

Stories of Refugees, Part I: Out of Iraq

In the next few fortnights, this column will focus on stories of…

Green card holders: Become citizens and vote

The Portsmouth Square Club House, near Chinatown, was packed with Chinese immigrants…

Where’s your pen, Gov. Brown?

On Aug. 22, one of those deceptively cold San Francisco mornings, a…

Written in parenthesis

Late in July, I watched a disturbing and wrenching play called “The…

Leaving family on the other side of the border

A reader in San Francisco recently commented on how ironic it is…