Archive for May, 2012

2 Broke Girls: ‘so racist it’s baffling’

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

 

(Guardian) While the debate about the all-white casting on HBO's Girls has been garnering attention on the blogosphere, it's surprising there hasn't been a similar dialogue concerning the portrayal of Asian-Americans in US sitcoms.

E4's latest aquisition, 2 Broke Girls, is the most problematic. Created bySex and the City's Michael Patrick King, it's the story of two white waitresses (Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs) who work in a Brooklyn restaurant whose boss is Asian-American Han Lee ( Matthew Moy). Short, asexual and work-obsessed, Lee is ridiculed for his broken English and failing to "get" US culture. In one episode Dennings' character says, after a run-in with Lee: "You can't tell an Asian he made a mistake. He'll go in back and throw himself on a sword."

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Employment numbers slow to recover for African Americans

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

 

(Examiner.com) Employment numbers slow to recover for African Americans-While it is no secret that America as a whole has been facing an economy slow to recover, the unemployment numbers for African American workers continue to be the highest in the nation at a staggering 13.6  percent.

Those numbers fell slightly in 2012 from 15.8 percent last year to 13.6. However, the percentage is still higher then any other ethnic group. Currently in the U.S a large number of African Americans are either unemployed or underemployed. As with most economic crisis, there are certain factors that influence income and job growth. A lack of educational qualifications is an important factor when it comes to minority job growth in higher paying careers. Higher education and retraining have become essential to survival in a tough job market.

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Growing Asian-American Communities Underrepresented

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

(Epoch Times) Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing community in the United States and their businesses are more likely to create jobs than any other, but they are largely ignored by government and political parties, according to recent research.

The Asian-American population grew 46 percent, to over 17 million, between 2000 and 2010—faster than any other group, including Latinos, the 2010 U.S. Census reported.

Asian-American entrepreneurs are also great drivers of the economy, owning more than 1.5 million businesses, employing around 3 million people, and turning over an annual payroll of nearly $80 billion.

This success, however, tends to overshadow real needs that exist in Asian-American communities.

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Why didn’t The Cosby Show herald a new age of black sitcoms?

Monday, May 7th, 2012

 

(The Guardian) Twenty years ago this week, the final episode of The Cosby Show aired. At its mid-80s peak, the sitcom spent four years as the most-watched programme in the US. But the lack of a televisual legacy for the show about the residents of 10 Stigwood Avenue, Brooklyn Heights, prompts the question: why didn't it pave the way for a new wave of African American sitcoms?

When it began in the autumn of 1984, The Cosby Show broke multiple TV moulds. The Huxtables were an African American family whose race and upper-middle-class socio-economic position weren't factors in thecomedy or the drama, but just facts of the narrative. Cliff was a gynaecologist, Clair was a high-powered lawyer and their eldest child, Sondra, was at Princeton – but the thrust of the show didn't hinge on these elements; it was about the normality of their day-to-day lives.

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Catholic vote split along ethnic lines

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

 

(Politico) It's confirmed. Religious white Catholics are breaking for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, while Hispanic Catholics are favoring President Barack Obama, according to Gallup.

Obama holds a whopping 70 percent to 20 percent lead over Romney among Hispanic Catholics. But among white Catholics, Romney bests Obama 55-38, Gallup daily tracking polls found.

The white Catholics are divided along levels of religiosity, with devout and moderately religious going for Romney by large margins — 62-32 and 56-34 respectively. The nonreligious favor Obama 54-40.

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Hollywood Branded Launches Hispanic Consumer Marketing Division

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

(Hispanic Business) Los Angeles-based agency Hollywood Branded Inc. this week announced the launch of its Hispanic Consumer Marketing Division servicing the entertainment, corporate and consumer lifestyle sectors. 

HispanicBusiness caught up with Hollywood Branded founder and CEO Stacy Jones to pick her brain as to why this move was so critical for her company. 

With the Hispanic market's growing buying power, it would seem that most agencies are creating these types of subdivisions within their companies to cater to the diverse community, but Jones has a different perspective. 

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Fired for student debt, woman challenges TransUnion

Friday, May 4th, 2012

 

(People's Choice) Got debt? Beware! Your employer may fire you for it.

That's what happened to Latoya Horton at Bain & Co., according to a widely circulated petition at change.org.

Horton said she took out student loans - like millions of other Americans - to get an accounting degree. She got a temporary job with Bain & Co., and they offered her a permanent one after six months.

Just weeks after starting the permanent position, the corporation fired her. Why? Because her debt-to-credit ratio was too high!

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Report sounds warning on Latino education gap

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

 

(AZ Central) A new report says Arizona hasn't made much progress in closing the educational-achievement gap for Latinos in the past decade, and it predicts dire consequences to the state's economy if nothing changes.

Despite various efforts to improve education, Latinos in Arizona score lower on state standardized tests than White students, have higher dropout rates and are less likely to get a bachelor's degree, according to a report released Friday by Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

One example of how the educational-achievement gap has changed little in the past 10 years: The percentage of Latinos ages 25 to 34 who had a bachelor's degree or higher increased only 1 percentage point to a total of 9 percent, compared with 32 percent for Whites.

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Groups Looks to FDA to Tweak Staple of Latino Cuisine to Benefit Hispanic Women

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

(WNYC News) The Food and Drug Administration is considering a petition that could benefit Hispanic women by allowing the addition of folic acid, or folate, to the corn flour — a staple in many Latino foods — to help reduce birth defects.

Pregnant Hispanic women are more likely to have children with neural tube defects than other women, new research suggests

 “Most of the Hispanic women … don’t eat the wheat flour products that the more acculturated Hispanic women and the non-Hispanic white women are prone to eat,” said Dr. Alan Fleischman, a pediatrics professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Instead, they eat foods made from masa corn flour, the main ingredient in tortillas and tamales.

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Korean American community progress since Rodney King riots of 1992

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

 

(Los Angeles Times) The Los Angeles riots — six days of arson, looting and death — are known to Korean Americans as Sa-i-gu, "April 29" in Korean, the date the civil unrest started. Sa-i-gu erupted after the acquittal of one Latino and three white police officers charged with the beating of Rodney King, a black motorist. Blacks, whites, Latinos, Asian Americans, Korean Americans and others were directly and indirectly affected — and involved — in Sa-i-gu. But it was Korean immigrant merchants who were, memorably, too often caught in the middle.

Koreans' business successes — their role as part of the broad Asian American "model minority" — fueled resentment toward them. They were often confused with Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans in a three-tiered system: whites on top, Latinos and blacks at the bottom, Asians in between.

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