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Earlier this month, more than six decades after she and her family were relocated and interned at Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming, 82-year-old Esther Nozaki Hashimoto finally received her high school diploma from Mountain View Academy: A grandmother's high school surprise. Wearing her cap and gown, with her daughter, grandson and fellow alumni looking on, Hashimoto was presented with a copy of the actual diploma she would have received in 1943 had her family not been sent away during World War II.

In the cutthroat Chinese restaurant world of San Gabriel Valley, a restauranteur tries a radically different approach to Chinese cuisine—quality service, good ingredients and healthful dishes: An experiment in Alhambra's Kitchen

Another article on the historic Linda Lea Theater in downtown Los Angeles, now being remodeled into the ImaginAsian Center, "an ultra-modern one-screen movie house that will show first-run and classic Asian films": The Linda Lea Sequel. It'll also be LA's first downtown movie theater in twenty years.

Asian American voters are emerging once again as a critical factor in June's Democratic primary election in Edison, NJ: Asians a political force in in Edison. Looks like Mayor Jun Choi really got something started in the community.

Short track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, currently appearing on Dancing with the Stars, was recently inducted into his hometown's Asian Hall of Fame: Asian Hall of Fame inducts Olympian Ohno. I was unaware that there was an Asian Hall of Fame.

Paul Wong, a die-hard Golden State Warriors fan, is the guy behind the "We Believe" campaign, started as a way of getting people to believe in the Warriors. Now it's a full-fledged movement: Warriors fan is behind 'We Believe' campaign

Last week in the San Francisco Bay Area, representatives from more than 50 health care and Asian American organizations launched a new major 2-year-long public health campaign against Hepatitis B. The goal is to test every Asian American for chronic Hepatitis B, for those not protected, to get them vaccinated and those who are chronically infected, to get them appropriate medical management: Bay Area Groups Launch Anti-Hepatitis B Campaign. For more information, go here: San Francisco Hep B Free

According to a survey released last week by the Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance, fifteen years after the Los Angeles riots devastated parts of Koreatown, residents are still struggling with low wages, limited healthcare and substandard housing: Poll finds lingering poverty in Koreatown

Throughout the month of May, the Smithsonian will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a series of exhibitions, films, performances, family activities and lectures at various museums around the Institution: Smithsonian to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. For more information, go here.

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