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Immigration Policy Center

New Americans Represent Team USA at the London Olympics

By Immigration Policy Center, Jul 27, 2012 11:47 AM

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Today, the 2012 Olympics formally kick off in London where the best athletes from around the world are meeting to compete. The United States is well-represented, not only by our native born-athletes but by many “New Americans.” In fact, approximately 38 of those competing on Team USA are naturalized U.S. citizens. These athletes remind us that Americans come from all over the world.

Peter Schurmann

San Francisco's Death Machines

By Peter Schurmann, Apr 12, 2012 11:10 AM

The “wiggle” is a stretch of roadway in San Francisco that allows cyclists to avoid some of the nastier hills separating the city’s east and west ends. On the west end, it dumps out onto a flat, green straightaway known as the panhandle, which ends at Golden Gate Park.

Long before anyone outside of a few messengers knew what the wiggle was, there was a stenciled bit of art on one corner of the panhandle, just before coming to one of several traffic lights. “Death Machines Ahead,” it read, in a foreboding crimson meant to heighten the impending danger cyclists face from automobiles.

That sign more or less typified cyclist's attitude toward cars.

But today’s death machines, according to a number of city residents, are of the two-wheeled variety, specifically the kind with no brakes.

They’re called fixed gears, and yes… they make absolutely no sense in a city with near-vertical drops of the kind San Francisco is renowned for. I should know… I rode one here for years. And I never hit a soul.

At a recent press conference in City Hall (convened following the death of Sutchi Hui, an elderly Chinese pedestrian who was killed by a cyclist last week) a member of the SFPD’s traffic division noted in response to a question that, “fixies are VERY hard to control.” Frankly, I doubt he’s ever ridden one. The reporters in attendance, meanwhile, all seemed to have it out for the cycling community. None looked to be part of it.

But my point here is not to talk about fixed gears. What I’d like to share with anyone interested is some very general, unscientific observations made during my own commute home the other day from South of Market to the Richmond.

I have been riding in this city for close to twenty years. (I no longer ride a fixed gear, by the way.) I’ve been in numerous accidents and near-accidents, and by far the overwhelming majority have not come as a result of my own indiscretions but rather because of the carelessness of pedestrians and drivers both.

Doors, jay-walkers, speeders, California rollers… it reads like a bad sushi menu.

I ride slow these days. I’m in no rush. I stop at the lights and come to a near stop at stop signs. What I saw yesterday demonstrated to me that the anger directed at the cycling community here is completely out of proportion to the danger we represent versus that which we face on a daily basis.

• 8 – The number of jaywalkers. When you’re cycling down the street, and a person jumps off the curb, you either collide with them or veer into oncoming traffic. Neither option is appealing.

• 6 – The number of pedestrians walking against the light. (Should we start offering licenses to pedestrians, as has been suggested for cyclists?)

• 4 – The number of doors that swung open in front of me as I came slowly meandering down the lane. No apologies were forth coming, only a bewildering and unsurprising obliviousness from the drivers.

• 5 – The number of cars that failed to make a complete stop at stop signs.

• 2 – The number of drivers I saw on their cell phones while driving.

Seems to me the numbers speak for themselves. Yes, there are unruly and dangerous cyclists. But does the bike riding population here deserve the level of vitriol that is now being directed at them? I don’t think so.

For every bike out there that is one less car drivers have to deal with. The city saves on road repair expenses, medical bills from would-be accidents and a slew of other benefits. Rather that jumping down out throats, the city should honestly be thankful our numbers are rising.

Peter Schurmann

AAJA Issues Guidelines on Lin Reporting

By Peter Schurmann, Feb 28, 2012 11:02 AM

Last week the Asian American Journalists Association issued a set of guidelines on how and how not to report on NBA sensation Jeremy Lin. The guidelines come after a spate of incidents involving racially charged language by media persoanlities at such high profile outlets as ESPN and FOX. The latest incident involved ice cream makers Ben and Jerry, who'se latest Lin-Sanity flavor comes chock full of fortune cookies. The company has since issued an apology and has withdrawn the name.

Peter Schurmann

Whitlock's Twitter Linanity

By Peter Schurmann, Feb 17, 2012 1:22 PM

Twitter hasn’t been kind to black commentators lately. CNN’s Roland Martin put his proverbial tweet in his mouth last week for anti-gay remarks, and earlier this week Fox News columnist Jason Whitlock riffed on a common stereotype when he took aim at Chinese American basketball phenom Jeremy Lin’s masculinity.

Andrew Lam

First Woman to Achieve Judo's Top Rank

By Andrew Lam, Aug 16, 2011 4:50 PM

Among judo aficionados, 98-year-old San Francisco resident Keiko Fukuda is a legend. She is the first and only woman to hold the ninth degree in the judo world. Last week, Rafu Shimpo reports, "USA Judo promoted her to 10th dan, the highest black belt level in judo.”

The subject of a documentary by Yuriko Gamo Romer to be released next year called, “Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful,” Fukuda is the last surviving student of Jigoro Kano (1860-1938), the founder of judo in Japan. For decades she fought sexism, which prevented her from rising beyond a certain rank in the judo world. When she came to San Francisco, she established a judo club for women in Noe Valley, where she still teaches.

Andrew Lam is author of "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres."

According to Rafu Shimpo, a celebration of her promotion to judo's top rank will be held during the 13th annual Fukuda International Kata Championship in October at City College of San Francisco.

Jin Kim

Tee Up for Taekwondo Team's Trip to China

By Jin Kim, May 5, 2011 8:57 AM

UC Berkeley martial artists want to go to China, but they need you to tee up first.

The university's martial arts program is hosting a fundraising golf tournament in Brentwood May 15 to support the Cal taekwondo team’s participation in the 2011 Summer Universiade Games in August in Shenzhen China, reports the Korea Times.

Sandip Roy

When it's India v Pakistan, it's Never Just Cricket

By Sandip Roy, Mar 30, 2011 7:22 PM

The headline in my morning newspaper sums it up – Relax, boys, it is just a match, Enjoy it. There was nothing else on the front page except cricket. India is nuts about cricket. And its obsessed with Pakistan. And when India and Pakistan play off against each other, it’s a deadly combo. Game of the Century the banner headline reads. Imagine that. It’s only 2011.

Elena Shore

Giants Have Infusion of Latino Talent

By Elena Shore, Mar 9, 2011 12:56 PM

San Francisco’s Spanish-language newspaper El Mensajero visited the Giants’ spring training in Arizona, and found some new promising Latino players. The newspaper was the only Spanish-language media outlet to accompany the World Series champs in their training, reports José Luis Aguirre.

Rene Ciria-Cruz

Bay Area Female Boxer Eyes Olympic Bout for Philippines

By Rene Ciria-Cruz, Feb 9, 2011 9:40 AM

 Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton, a Bay Area boxing champ, wants to represent the Philippines in next year’s London Olympic Games, reports Jun Medina for the Philippine News.

Sandip Roy

Cricket Club Weathers Dry Budget Season

By Sandip Roy, Jan 4, 2011 10:35 AM

The immigrant population in the Bay Area from cricket-playing countries has led to an explosion of cricketing leagues. The Indus Cricket Club, for example, was established in 1998 and represents about 60 players from Milpitas. The club even has its own home ground, the Rancho Softball Field.

Rene Ciria-Cruz

Fallout After Pacquiao's Gig in Vallejo

By Rene Ciria-Cruz, Nov 24, 2010 2:15 PM

What started out as a fun night with boxing hero Manny Pacquiao turned ugly in Vallejo on Nov. 17. Pacquiao performed a concert and held a meet-and-greet with fans at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club days after his TKO victory over Antonio Margarito. Local Filipino-American residents and officials of the financially distressed city were ecstatic.

Elena Shore

In Politics and Baseball, Money Doesn't Always Win

By Elena Shore, Nov 2, 2010 9:15 PM

In politics, as in baseball, having the most money doesn't always guarantee a win, writes María Antonieta Mejía in an editorial this week's El Mensajero.

Sandip Roy

Giants and Rangers: The Jewish Connection

By Sandip Roy, Nov 1, 2010 4:00 PM

Nothing succeeds like success. Everyone wants a piece of the San Francisco Giants these day.

Andy Altman-Ohr reports about the Giants’ Jewish connections in j., the Jewish newsweekly. Giants president Larry Baer grew up in San Francisco’s Richmond District and used his bar mitzvah money to buy Saturday Giants home game tickets. He says they called it “the bar mitzvah box.”

Odette Keeley

Anger Over Mayweather's Racist Pacquiao Rant

By Odette Keeley, Sep 17, 2010 3:30 PM

Bay Area Filipinos are up in arms over boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s recent comments about Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

The NAACP is joining them, reports Henni Espinosa in the daily newscast Balitang America from San Jose. Balitang America reported that Rev. Jeff Moore, San Jose chapter president of NAACP said that he could not "condone that type of behavior, that type of language from anybody." The behavior in question was in a video message to his fans in which Mayweather says: "We're going to cook that little yellow chump" and calls him a "midget" and says "I'm going to make the [expletive] make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice."

Sandip Roy

Indian Independence Day to be Celebrated with Baseball

By Sandip Roy, Aug 14, 2010 5:32 PM

Baseball will meet Bollywood to celebrate India’s Independence Day on Sunday, Aug. 15 reports India West. The San Francisco Giants will face off against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park but the game will have a distinct Indian flavor.

Rene Ciria-Cruz

Cockfighting Bust in Napa County

By Rene Ciria-Cruz, Aug 10, 2010 3:00 PM

Feathers flew as sheriff's deputies and police officers arrested dozens of cockfighting aficionados in the Napa County city of American Canyon recently, reports the's Ed Yra ( The raiding party swooped down on some 60 people who were watching a cockfight in progress.

Cockfighting, a popular pastime in the Philippines, is illegal in the United States. It pits specially bred and raised birds fitted with sharp spurs in a deadly duel while spectators place bets. Some Filipino Americans were among those cited.

Several men escaped but 32 were arrested, cited with misdemeanors and released. They could face fines of up to $5,000, one year in jail, or probation. Some had come from as far away as San Jose and Pittsburg.

Officers found two dead roosters and 50 live birds in the area. Yra reports that pens specifically built to house fighting roosters are easily visible to passersby in parts of American Canyon.

Elena Shore

Oakland A's Boost Their Latino Roster

By Elena Shore, Aug 2, 2010 2:00 PM

Latinos now represent nearly a quarter of the players in Major League Baseball (MLB). And their numbers are growing. About 23 percent of the 883 players in the Major League were born in Latin America. (The Dominican Republic has more players in MLB than any other country outside the United States, with 85 players. Venezuela is in second place with 58 players.)

Elena Shore

Lowriding Returns to the Mission

By Elena Shore, Jul 12, 2010 9:35 AM

The Mission is trying to revive the art, culture and social tradition of lowriding that was popular in the 1970s and 1980s before being outlawed by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Lowriders returned to La Raza Park in San Francisco last weekend and cruised down 24th Street in what aficionados hope will again become a weekly tradition.

Elena Shore

Inter-ethnic Solidarity Through Soccer

By Elena Shore, Jul 6, 2010 10:04 AM

Can watching the World Cup together on the lawn in front of San Francisco's Civic Center lead to interracial integration? That's what Jessica Kwong writes in San Francisco's weekly Spanish-language newspaper El Mensajero.

Walter Lopez

World Cup -- The Other Bad Call Kills Nigeria

By Walter Lopez, Jun 21, 2010 3:20 PM

There you are, in the lead and about to win a ‘monumental’ game for your nation—the very nation that instilled every aspect of your character in you. The stage is the World Cup, every soccer players’ wet dream and then some. Just as you are on the brink of a tantric orgasm, one that can only be brought about by the ‘euphoria’ of winning, everything changes.