Posts Tagged ‘Asian American’

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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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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An Asian-American in the White House: Possible?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012


( 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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‘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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Asian American Students Push for Greater Respect on Campus

Sunday, July 15th, 2012


(Alternet) When Twitter accounts “Purdue Asians” and “Kim Jong Il” (with the handles @OrientalSwag and @Purdue_Asian, respectively) started tweeting things like “I sreep for entire crass & stir get better grades than you! :D” Asian American students at Purdue found another reason to sign a petition being circulated for the establishment of an Asian/Asian American cultural center on campus.



“What affected me the most about the account was it was branded Purdue. I chose to go to this school and to see my culture being mocked hurt,” said Tamara Dizon, a sophomore who has been spearheading efforts to create an Asian/Asian American cultural center at her school.

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Radio Hosts’ Racially Charged Remarks Against Asian-American Candidate Stir National Controversy

Saturday, July 14th, 2012


(Huffington Post) A congressional race in upstate New York is drawing some national attention after conservative talk show hosts made racially tinged remarks about an Asian-American candidate.

House contenders Nate Shinagawa, a Democrat, and incumbent Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) are steering clear of wading into the ballooning controversy, which wastouched off last week by WYSL hosts Bill Nojay and Bob Savage and has sparked outrage far outside of New York's 23rd Congressional District.

On Friday's broadcast of "The Bill Nojay Show," Nojay told listeners that they should be "impressed" that he can pronounce Shinagawa's last name. Show guest and local GOP activist Paul Gullo then interrupted him, predicting Shinagawa will lose against Reed "just because of his name." Nojay batted down Gullo's quip as "not a nice thing to say."

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The Rise of Asian Immigration

Thursday, July 12th, 2012


(Forbes) The biggest recent immigration news is that Asia surpassed Latin America as the main source of immigration to the U.S.  While the recent Supreme Court case about SB1070 or Obama’s de facto DREAM Act memo are important, the changing demography of immigration will have wider ranging long term impact.

This type of change has happened before.  By the end of the 1960s, Latin America displaced Europe as the main source of immigrants.  The increase in permanent Hispanic immigration to the United States back then was due to multiple factors, which some of which are now repeating for Asian immigrants.

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Asian-American voters could become game-changers in presidential election

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012


(San Jose Mercury News) Add Asian-Americans to the list of voting blocs that candidates and political parties ignore at their own peril.

Just as "soccer moms" proved to be a crucial swing vote in 1996 and Latinos have become a much-sought-after constituency, the Asian-American electorate is now emerging as a game-changer.

The signs are ominous for Republicans: Not only has the Asian-American population exploded in the past decade, but recent polls show Asian-Americans are turning away from the GOP in droves.

They've "started to understand they have the leverage," said Rep. Mike Honda, D-Campbell. "A marginalized community has become a margin of victory."

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Small Business: Tap Into the Affluent Asian American Market

Monday, June 25th, 2012

(Small Business Trends) Is your small business marketing to Asian-Americans? If not, you could be missing out on one of the most potentially profitable consumer categories. Data from the Census and the most recent Ipsos Affluent Survey, reported in MediaPost, show that Asian-Americans are more likely to be affluent than are many other minority consumers.

Ipsos defines affluents as households with annual incomes of at least $100,000, and notes that Hispanics make up 14 percent of the general population but only 9 percent of the affluent population; African-Americans make up 12 percent of the general population and only 7 percent of the affluent population. Asian-Americans, however, while they account for just 5 percent of the U.S. population, make up 7 percent of the affluent population, as well as 7 percent of the “ultra-affluent” (household incomes of $250,000 or more).

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Pew: Asian Americans overtake Hispanics in new immigrants

Sunday, June 24th, 2012


We’ve been featuring Pew Research’s insights into America’s Hispanic population lately. But now they’re swinging their spotlight, just as ably, on the 18,205,898Asian Americans in the US.

(The Agitator) First point to note is that Asians have overtaken Hispanics in terms of new immigrants to the US …

For the most part, these immigrants are well-positioned to advance — for example, 61% of Asian immigrants ages 25-64 have a college degree. Their incomes are well above average — median annual household incomes of $66,000, compared to $49,800 for the general public.

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