Infobox Newspaper
name = AsianWeek

caption =
type = National weekly newspaper
format = Tabloid
foundation = 1979
ceased publication =
price = Free
owners = Pan Asia Venture Capital Corporation
president = James Fang
editor & ublisher = Ted Fang
language = English
circulation = 58,099
headquarters = 809 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA
United States
website = []

"AsianWeek" is a widely circulated publication of pan-Asian news, across all Asian ethnic groups [] , providing coverage of Asian American issues such as the killing of Vincent Chin, Asian American college admissions, and quotas on Chinese students in competitive San Francisco examination schools. Today "AsianWeek" continues to publish national commentaries, Bay Area news, cartoons, commentaries, and cultural features.


"AsianWeek" headquarters and offices are located in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, 809 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California 94108.


"AsianWeek" is the largest and longest and established English language newsweekly for Asian Pacific Americans. In 1965, after the Hart-Celler Immigration Act ended over 80 years of race-based exclusion of immigrants from Asia, America for the first time experienced an influx of Asian immigration. As Asian Americans became the fastest growing minority in the U.S. and as they became more settled, they began forming organizations and associations to serve their communities.

Realizing the need to provide a voice for Asian Pacific America, John Fang, founded "AsianWeek" newspaper in 1979 in San Francisco. Currently, it has a circulation of over 58,000. "AsianWeek" continues to be the longest and largest running weekly published from a shared Asian American perspective using the English language to connect and outreach to not only Asians and Asian Americans but to all interested in learning and reading about the APA experience.

In 1995, "AsianWeek" changed its format to a full-color one and converted itself from an exclusively paid circulation newspaper to a publication consisting of both free distribution and paid subscribers. "AsianWeek" newspaper is also involved in a wide array of community activities. Committed to promoting and participating in events that celebrate the diversity the Asian American community, the publication plays an active role in sponsoring and hosting community events, spreading health awareness on Hepatitis B, and promoting cross-cultural and interracial cooperation with major outdoor events in San Francisco, including the Castro Street Fair, Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival Street Fair, Haight-Ashbury Street Fair and Nihonmachi Street Fair. AsianWeek is also on the planning committee for the Asian Heritage Street Celebration, Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, and Pistahan Filipino Parade and Festival.

“For the last 28 years, AsianWeek has been the mirror of our community, showing our triumphs and shortcomings, serving as both the face and conscience of Asian America,” said "AsianWeek" President James Fang. “AsianWeek has acted as a forum in advocating for those Asian Americans who were defenseless and voiceless in the face of an uncaring power. Whether it was in bringing much-needed national and decisive exposure to the killing of Vincent Chin or in demanding justice for Wen Ho Lee and Capt. James Yee, the strength of AsianWeek has been its unequivocal eagerness to support our community.” []

On August 20, 2007, AsianWeek launched a completely redesigned version of their website. [ [ AsianWeek Launches Newly Designed Beta Website ] ]

Major Sections


The Opinion section includes "AsianWeek's" Letters to the Editor, Emil Guillermo's column "Amok," and a community contributed article, "Voices."

Emil Guillermo has been a journalist for more than 30 years. After ten years in television news, Guillermo became host of NPR’s "All Things Considered," in 1989. After leaving NPR, Guillermo worked as press secretary and speechwriter for then congressman Norman Mineta. He returned to media as a local television and radio talk show host in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and San Francisco. As a writer, Guillermo has contributed jokes for Jay Leno’s monologues. His written often satirical commentaries have appeared in newspapers throughout the country. His book "Amok," a compilation of his AsianWeek columns won the American Book Award in 2000. Guillermo is also the winner of both a California Newspaper Publishers Association Award and a National Inland Press Association Award for his mainstream newspaper work. He has won awards from the Radio-TV News Directors Association, Society of Professional Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, and has been nominated for local TV Emmy Awards. A native San Franciscan, Guillermo graduated from Lowell High School and Harvard College.

On Monday, February 4, 2008 – "AsianWeek" launched a new daily blog by award-winning journalist Emil Guillermo on Feb. 1. Guillermo is already the most widely read APA columnist, and his new daily commentary will remark on timely and fascinating stories and ideas that affect the broad APA community. The blog is available online at

“It will be a place readers can get my take on the issues that concern them,” said Guillermo, who’s column, “Amok” has appeared in AsianWeek over the last 14 years. “And it will be a place where they can share their ideas with others. Consider it the water cooler for APAs across the country.”

Nation and World

The Nation and World section includes "Washington Journal" authored by columnist Phil Tajitsu Nash and other topics that range from the Olympic Torch Protests in San Francisco to national issues that affect the Asian American community.

Phil Tajitsu Nash is the CEO and co-foundeder of Nash Interactive. He has spent nearly two decades as a lawyer, educator, non-profit executive, and website developer. He also is experienced in professional fundraising and business development, and has first-hand knowledge of all major branches of mass media.

Nash has worked as a newspaper editor and magazine journalist, and currently writes "Washington Journal," a weekly political commentary column for Asian Week. He has provided commentary to BBC World News radio and other news outlets, and served as host of a nationally-broadcast weekly public radio program on the U.S. Supreme Court. He also is a certified television producer.

Before he co-founded Nash Interactive, Nash practiced law in New York and New Jersey, taught law at Georgetown University Law Center, and served as Executive Director of a national not-for-profit legal services foundation. On behalf of the Japanese American redress movement, he testified before Congress, and served as a strategist, lobbyist, and litigator.

An honors graduate of New York University, Phil holds a J.D. from Rutgers Law School and is currently admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey.

Bay and California

Headquartered in San Francisco, California "AsianWeek" dedicates a section to issues and timely news items that are relevant to the Bay Area Asian American community.

Arts and Entertainment

The Arts and Entertainment section includes "Asian Eats," "AskQ," and "The Yin-Yang with Lisa Lee."

Asian Eats column provides an inside look at the Bay Area's Asian American cuisine. Formerly known as "Picky Eater" the column covers price, environment, customer service, cleanliness, menu selection, and taste of the Bay Area's most popular restaurants.

"AsianWeek’s" AskQ is an advice column to reflect everyday life in Asian Pacific America. It includes readers’ questions and solicited queries. Q is a 30-something urban male who is "happily partnered — a manager by profession, a writer by desire," according to the column.

The "Yin-Yang" column is authored by Lisa Lee, an "AsianWeek" columnist. According to the "AsianWeek" website, "she gives a provocative look into the arts andentertainment industry. The Yin-yang Blog brings you up to date with Asian American celebrity news, gossip and more."


Kenneth Eng

"AsianWeek" was severely criticized for publishing on February 23, 2007, a column by freelance writer Kenneth Eng. [ [ , By Kenneth Eng - News Story - KNTV | San Francisco ] ] Prior to this incident, AsianWeek had published other inflamatory race-themed columns by Eng, including: "Proof that Whites Inherently Hate Us" [ [ ] ] and "Why I Hate Asians." [ [ ] ] Several Asian American organizations called for an apology, as well as a repudiation of the columnist and his views, and circulated an online petition to that effect.

"AsianWeek" published a front page apology in its February 28th issue, severed all ties with Eng, and held various public forums. However, former Editor-in-Chief Samson Wong has made no public statements, and the paper has refused to divulge the identity of the editor who approved Eng's column to be published. "AsianWeek" has simply stated that its editorial policy is "under review." Many continue to criticize "AsianWeek" for having hired Eng despite his previous racist writings, and only condemning Eng's anti-black column while ignoring his anti-white and anti-Asian columns.

Without announcement or public explanation, "AsianWeek" apparently made editorial staff changes in late March 2007, reflected in the masthead of its March 30 edition. Former editor-in-chief Samson Wong’s title is listed as “Senior Editorial Consultant.” [ [ Hyphen Blog: AsianWeak ] ] Ted Fang, formerly editor-at-large, is now listed as Editor and Publisher.




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