Archive for March, 2012

Indians cross 3 million mark in US, 1 million have voting rights

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

(Times of India) They are caricatured through convenience store owner Apu in the cartoon series The Simpsons, celebrated for their victories in Spelling Bee contests and success in Silicon Valley entrepreneurship, and courted for their wealth given their status as the ethnic group with the highest per capita income in U.S. Sometimes they are also chastised for not being part of the American mainstream.

But Indian-Americans are getting there. A demographic snapshot of South Asians in the United States crunched out from the 2010 U.S Census by an NGO group shows the Indian-American population in the U.S (including multiple ethnicities) grew 68 per cent over the 2000-2010 decade from 1.9 million to 3.19 million. Counting single ethnicity (discounting mixed race), the population grew from 1.67 million to 2.84 million in the same period.

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The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos: College Graduates Are Critical For The Country’s Economy

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

(Huffington Post) In a time when more than half of the country's total population growth was driven by an increase in the Hispanic population, the academic achievement and subsequent economic role of Latinos is of interest to many.

This week, the Washington D.C.-based non-profit Excelencia in Education released a report that lists the 25 colleges that see the most Latinos graduate from their institutions – many of them in the south.

The report, entitled, "Finding Your Workforce: The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos," also highlights the strides and shortcomings that U.S. Latinos face in terms of post-secondary college attainment.

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NAACP to call on UN to investigate voter disfranchisement in US

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

(The Guardian) The leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the NAACP, will travel to Geneva next week to tell the UN human rights council that a co-ordinated legislative attempt is being made by states across America to disfranchise millions of black and Latino voters in November's presidential election.

The delegation, headed by the NAACP's president, Benjamin Jealous, will address the council on Wednesday and call on the UN body to launch a formal investigation into the spread of restrictive electoral laws, particularly in southern states. The NAACP intends to invite a UN team to travel across America to see for itself the impact of the new laws, which it argues are consciously designed to suppress minority voting.

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Hispanic soap operas thrive in Miami’s climate

Monday, March 12th, 2012

(The Guardian) Blanca Soto moved to Los Angeles from Mexico to make a better life. After a decade of struggling there, she relocated to Miami where she works 10-hour days, six days a week. Her job? Being a star.

Hollywood may be losing movie sets to cheaper locations overseas, and New York soap opera mainstays like All My Children and One Life To Live are gone, but Miami is enjoying a boom in the production of telenovelas, daily soap operas that are wildly popular among Spanish-speaking audiences.

Five telenovelas are being shot in Miami, up from only one or two a few years ago. Last year producers spent $40m in the area, up from $11.5m in 2009, according to the Miami-Dade County Office of Film & Entertainment.

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San Antonio prep hoops fans accused of racism over “USA, USA” chant

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

(Yahoo Sports) A high-profile high school in one of the wealthiest districts of the San Antonio region finds itself under fire after its fans chanted "USA, USA, USA" following its boys basketball team's regional final victory against a team made up predominantly of Hispanic players.

As reported by KENS5.com, the Alamo Heights (Texas) High boys basketball team's regional title celebrations were marred by the aforementioned "USA" chants, which came from the school's fan section in the school's Littleton Gym.

While San Antonio Independent School District athletics director Gil Garza insisted that Alamo Heights boys basketball coach Andrew Brewer acted quickly to quash the inflammatory chants, the school at which they were directed — San Antonio (Texas) Edison High — filed an official complaint about the incident with the University Interscholastic League, the governing body which oversees Texas public high school extracurricular activities.

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Black Students Face Harsher Punishment, Fewer Options

Friday, March 9th, 2012

(Black Voice News) A new government study suggests that as a student, you’re far more likely to face arrest if you happen to be African American than if you’re Caucasian.

The numbers are jarring. Black students are more than three-and-a-half times as likely as white students to be suspended or expelled, according to the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights' survey, known as the “Civil Rights Data Collection.” More than 70 percent of students arrested in school or handed over to law enforcement were black or Hispanic.

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50 Percent Of Unemployed African American And Asian Workers Have Been Out Of Work For Six Months Or More

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

(Think Progress) According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 42.9 percent of America’s unemployed have been out of work for six months or more. But that number masks some of the large racial disparities in who has been out of work for so long, as the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows in a new report. As CEPR found, 50 percent of unemployed black men have been out of work for at least six months, and nearly 50 percent of black women, as well as Asian men and women, are in the same situation.

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Affirmative action fight goes on

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

(USAToday) Affirmative action in college admissions is back on the national radar as the Supreme Court is likely to hear a case involving the University of Texas this year. But a high court ruling may not settle this divisive debate.

In the nine years since the justices said public universities could consider race in admissions, four states have banned the use of race by public universities, and Oklahoma voters will decide this fall whether to join them. At least five other states don't use race, either.

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Chang’s rise helped pave way for Lin

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

(ESPN) Jeremy Lin isn't just carrying the New York Knicks.

He's carrying the hopes and dreams of legions of fellow Asian Americans. Most have never met Lin but might feel like they know him. They've been starving for someone like him to come around and break the stereotypes of a race that has been dubbed the "model minority."

He's the boy they grew up with, the one who was in the same class as their daughter, who played sports with their son.

Michael Chang can relate. Two-and-a-half decades ago, he was that boy.

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US food groups tailor recipes to Hispanics

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

(Financial Times) Food companies are increasingly targeting Hispanics as a local “emerging market” as they look for new ways to increase sales in the sluggish US.

Products such as spicy “Tapatio” flavoured crisps, “Dulce de Leche” Cheerios and Manzanita Sol, a sparkling apple drink, are meant to lure Hispanic customers with familiar flavours. Meanwhile, analysts say these products, which are usually tested in regional markets, are becoming more mainstream in the general market and expanding the range of American palates.

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