Archive for July, 2012

From Min Chang to Jeremy Lin, China lives the US dream, what Indian-Americans can learn from them

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

(Economic Times) In one of the most high-profile sports signings of the year, NBA's Houston Rockets last week signed Chinese American basketball star Jeremy Lin for $25 million over four years. Part of the reason the Rockets signed Lin, who has starred in only a handful of NBA games until now, was his marketing potential, especially among the Chinese Americans in the Houston area.

 

Since his departure, the Forbes magazine reported that the share value of Madison Square Garden, the home games venue of Lin's former team New York Knicks, plummeted by more than $93 million.

Lin's meteoric rise earlier this year as the first big league star athlete from the Chinese American community — the largest Asian American group — had become a global media story. Yet, the Harvard graduate is not the first bona fide celebrity from the community.

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Survey: Among black, Hispanic Americans, complexity reigns on abortion issue

Monday, July 30th, 2012

 

(CNN) A large majority of black and Hispanic Americans identify as both “pro-life” and “pro-choice” when it comes to abortion, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll finds that both minority groups are more likely than Americans in general to embrace or to reject both labels.

Large majorities of African-Americans identify both as “pro-life” (71%) and “pro-choice” (75%), according to a Public Religion Research Institute survey released Thursday. Hispanic Americans harbor similarly complex views on abortion, with 77% identifying as “pro-life” and 72% calling themselves as “pro-choice.”

The survey found that 52% of black Americans and 47% of Hispanic Americans acknowledge that they embrace or reject both labels, proportions that are higher than those for Americans overall. Thirty seven percent of all Americans embrace both labels or neither label.

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Asian-American soldier faced punishment before he shot himself, trial told

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

(Chicago Tribune) A Chinese-American soldier in Afghanistan was forced to crawl about 50 yards (45.7 meters) as punishment while his superiors yelled and hurled rocks at him hours before he took his own life, a fellow soldier testified on Friday in a court-martial hearing.

U.S. Army Private Danny Chen killed himself by a gunshot in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan last October.



 

One of his superiors, Sergeant Adam Holcomb, is standing trial in Fort Bragg on allegations his physical mistreatment and racial harassment pushed Chen to commit suicide.

Holcomb, 30, has pleaded not guilty and faces nearly 18 years of confinement and a dishonorable discharge if convicted on charges that include negligent homicide.

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Hispanics Embrace Mobile, Raise Purchasing Power

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

(MediaPost) Hispanic consumers are tech trendsetters domestically — or, at least, that’s how many see themselves, according to comScore and Latin American online media company Terra.
 
Per the joint report, Hispanics continue to outpace non-Hispanics with the adoption of smartphones — an increase from 43% in 2010 to 57% in 2012, compared to an increase from 36% in 2010 to 46% in 2012 for non-Hispanics.
 
What’s more, Hispanic consumers have taken the smartphone adoption a step further by using them to research and make purchases more than non-Hispanic consumers in every category. In particular, during the purchasing funnel, Hispanics are more likely to use social, mobile and online content as resources.

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George Jefferson, African American Sit-com Star Dies, Age 74

Friday, July 27th, 2012

(Moderate Voice) Sherman Hemsley, known to many for his starring role on The Jeffersons has died at 74, and is remembered by many as the peevish, nervous, reactive funny man playing George Jefferson, a ‘movin’ on up’ patriarch of a newly affluent black family who also, much like Ralph Cramden of The Honeymooners, was a sometimes schemer. In the sit-com, George owned a dry cleaning business, lived in a highrise New York luxury apartment with his wife, Louise (Wheezy)… and an assortment of lovably weird neighbors. They had a son named Lionel. The Jeffersons (irnonically named now that we know more about Thomas Jefferson’s actual love interest) ran from 1975 to 1985, a good long run for a comedy show. Later the Philly born Helmsley guest starred in other series.

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An Asian-American in the White House: Possible?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

 

(Examiner.com) The goal is rather lofty: A U.S. president of Asian descent in our lifetime.

"Why not?" said Rozita Lee, a leader of the Asian-American Pacific Islander community in Las Vegas. "It's interesting. But I see it in the future. We're all mixed now."

The target of a U.S. presidency is not idle talk in the Asian-American community, the fastest-growing minority, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

"It's very realistic," said Lee, who added that the election of Barack Obama as the country's first black president opened the door for other minority communities to aspire for the position.

The numbers tell the story of the growing political clout of the Asian-American community, often referred to in the past as the "Invisible Minority" because of its non-involvement in political affairs.

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Study Examines College Experience of Immigrants, Offspring

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

 

(WNYC) A new national study may yield some clues about how immigrant and second generation Americans differ from all other undergraduates, and from each other, when they get to college.

The study (PDF) for the U.S. government's National Center for Education Statistics examined students from six states including New York, where 35 percent of college students were either first- or second-generation immigrants.

The foreign-born population in the U.S tripled between 1970 and 2007. A little more than a quarter of all adults aged 25 and older had bachelor's degrees in 2007, regardless of whether or not they were foreign born. But 44 percent of foreign-born? adults had enrolled in college compared to 56 percent of the U.S. born population.

Among undergraduates who were born abroad or whose parents were immigrants, the dominant ethnic groups are Hispanics and Asians.

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Training Black Women to Have It All

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

 

(The Root) According to theExecutive Leadership Council, an organization focused on increasing the number of African Americans at the senior level in Fortune 500 companies and on corporate boards, the numbers are grave: Of the more than 35,000 senior-executive positions either at the CEO level or those one or two levels below CEO within Fortune 500 companies, it is estimated that only 3.2 percent – or fewer than 800 – are black.

And when it comes to CEOs themselves, just six in the country are African American — and only one of those, Ursula Burns of Xerox, is a woman.

Laysha Ward, board chair of Executive Leadership Foundation, says that the statistics "definitely can change, they must change and they will change." The Root caught up with her after the ELC's ninth annual Women's Leadership Forum and Black Women on Power discussion series, an event that offers leadership-development opportunities to its 200 high-potential African-American female members with the explicit goal of increasing their ranks in high-level positions in corporate America.

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‘Nightingale’ Casting Controversy: Asian American Actors Criticize Lack Of Asian Actors

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

 

(Huffington Post) A new workshop production of "The Nightingale" by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater at the historic La Jolla Playhouse in California is striking nerves in the Asian American community.

The show, which was adapted from a short story by Hans Christian Anderson and is set in ancient China, has amassed critics vocal about the lack of actual Asian actors present on stage. The lead role of a Chinese monarch is being played by a white actor, and the rest of the cast is multiethnic.

Most of the grievances have been aired on the theater company's Facebook page. "Would you cast non African American people in the roles of 'The Color Purple' or an August Wilson play or 'Topdog/Underdog'???" wrote one commenter. "I am eagerly anticipating your multiracial, non-traditionally cast production of Glengarry Glen Ross! Should be outstanding!" wrote another.

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ACLU: Emails show racial bias in immigration law

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

 

(SeattlePI) Opponents of Arizona's hardline immigration enforcement law contend that emails sent, received and forwarded by a former legislator who championed the law support allegations it was racially motivated.

 

Dozens of emails are cited in a new legal effort by the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups to block police from enforcing the Arizona law's so-called "show me your papers" provision recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

The groups said the emails and other material reveal that ex-Sen. Russell Pearce and other supporters of the law known as SB1070 embraced discriminatory views and bent the truth about immigration-related matters, setting the stage for enactment of a law that the groups contend will lead to racial profiling if enforced.

 

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