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Brookings: San Francisco, Oakland Among U.S. Cities Gaining White Population After Decades of Loss
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Brookings: San Francisco, Oakland Among U.S. Cities Gaining White Population After Decades of Loss

By Sharon Simonson Whites are returning to America’s cities including San Francisco and Oakland, reversing what had become persistent outmigration. In the two decades from 1990 to 2010, America’s 50 largest cities experienced a net loss of more than two million people who identified themselves as white, according to the new findings from The Brookings Institution’s William Frey based on U.S. Census Bureau data. In the first four years of the current decade, the same 50 cities experienced a net gain of nearly 500,000 white people. Young adults aged 25- to 34-years-old and their young children are leading the shift, along with older adults aged 55 to 74, Frey found. “The impetus for this change is undoubtedly related to the post 2010 revival of big city growth that has been d...
Of Notes and Modernity
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Of Notes and Modernity

By Sharon Simonson CAMBRIDGE, Mass., FREMONT and SAN JOSE, Calif.—Sriram Emani has no home in Cambridge, Mass., where his two-year-old company IndianRaga is based—or anywhere else for that matter. He travels so much he doesn’t need one. Emani must move fast. He is trying to ignite a global revolution. From the sparks of the most-promising Indian and Western musicians he can find, the Mumbai-born, MIT-educated entrepreneur is re-inventing Indian classical music for a mass audience. With an emphasis on education in the classic art, his digital-media startup nurtures young talent with peer-to-peer and collaborative learning. At the same time, Emani is searching for ways to distill an ancient art’s hours-long presentation into minutes of 21st-century sound, making the music relevant ...
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Living and Letting Live

By Sharon Simonson In 1993, at a south London bus stop in England UK, a racist gang stabbed and killed Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old black man. A bungled police investigation, marred by institutional racism, followed. Not until 2012 were two white men convicted of the crime. To help re-train 1,800 police officers and civilian workers on institutional racism, the British government hired a team of diversity professionals. Bijay Minhas, a licensed master’s social worker and Cornell University certified diversity professional, formed part of this team. Sharon: What do the murders in Charleston say to you about race relations in the U.S. today? Bijay: This is a very tragic event and yet another reminder of where we are as a society. The murders in Charleston reflect the harsh t...
Building a Better Workforce
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Building a Better Workforce

By Sharon Simonson SAN JOSE—Nineteen-year-old Erin Soucy wants to share his love of history using film and animation. He’s starting with practical training: a yearlong program in digital animation at the San Jose campus of the Metropolitan Education District. At the end of his studies this month, Soucy will have a work portfolio and certification that could win him a job at Emeryville’s Pixar Animation Studios, Redwood City-based video game-maker Electronic Arts Inc., in an advertising agency or as an in-house corporate designer, said his instructor Eric Whitman. Soucy plans first to attend college, where he expects to learn more about video game making and “to improve myself overall,” he says. His ultimate goal is to create immersive games to help others see and feel what he ...
San Mateo County Leads Bay Area Economic Growth
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San Mateo County Leads Bay Area Economic Growth

Federal data charting five years' business growth suggest San Mateo County is the Bay Area’s true economic sweet spot. (Photo of the Facebook campus the month the company moved in, courtesy Flickr and Jitze Couperus.) By Sharon Simonson For all the debate about the relative economic strength and stature of traditional Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County) versus the new Silicon Valley (including San Francisco), San Mateo County is arguably outrunning both. Nationally, the information-technology sector is leading economic recovery. Industry payrolls expanded more than 20 percent in the five years ending in 2013, reaching $273 billion a year. Internet and software publishers and data storage and processing companies are growing the fastest. The Bay Area’s information-technology...
Bean Power Hodo Soy Style
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Bean Power Hodo Soy Style

By Sharon Simonson WEST OAKLAND—For an instant after Minh Tsai opens the metal front door of his West Oakland tofu manufacturing plant, I wonder, ‘Who is this man?’ The Hodo Soy founder and chief executive is dressed in a hairnet, a faded blue, crew-neck long-sleeved t-shirt and sagging blue jeans. My mind connects the face to a photo on the company's website. A note taped to the front door instructs visitors to call to announce their arrival. “We’ll send someone out to get you,” the receptionist’s voice crackled through the intercom after I call. A moment later, Minh pushes open the door with a smile and beckons me inside. I had not expected the company founder to wear a hairnet. The Viet Nam Project He leads me into a small dark room, separated from a factory floo...
It’s Official: San Jose Has A Million Residents
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It’s Official: San Jose Has A Million Residents

San Jose is now among the 10 American cities with a population of a million or more, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. By Sharon Simonson New York remains the nation's most populous city with nearly 8.5 million people. It gained 52,700 residents in the year that ended July 1. That was the greatest numeric increase among all U.S. cities. California now has three cities with a million or more people: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose, tying the state with rival Texas, which has Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, for lead among states. San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego and Irvine were all among the nation's 15 largest numerical gainers. San Jose added not quite 12,000 residents in the year; Los Angeles not quite 31,000; San Diego, 21,225. San Franc...
Asians Outnumber Whites In Silicon Valley
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Asians Outnumber Whites In Silicon Valley

By Sharon Simonson Asians and Pacific Islanders now form the largest racial block in Santa Clara County, exceeding the proportion of non-Hispanic white residents for the first time. According to new demographic findings from the Population Dynamics Research Group at the University of Southern California, in the next 25 years, Silicon Valley’s Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino and other Asian populations plus a smattering of Pacific Islanders are expected to grow to more than 43 percent of the county total. That is approximately 30 percentage points higher than Asians’ projected proportion nationally. In the same 25 years, the share of non-Hispanic whites in Silicon Valley is expected to fall to less than 25 percent, down from 33 percent today and 70.5 percent in 1980. ...