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7.29.14
China Daily USA -- Mei Chou closed her first New York City restaurant in 2008 because of it. Now she is facing the same issue again with her two-year-old Chinatown bistro -- skyrocketing rent. "Rent is going to kill the culture and excitement of New York,"...

Workers At Kum Gang San Allegedly Forced To "Volunteer" As Farm Laborers & Beg for Forgiveness
6.17.14
Gothamist -- Servers and bussers at a popular Korean restaurant say they were forced to work 18-hour shifts without overtime, attend church before work on Sundays, and "volunteer" their time picking vegetables at a farm outside the city. According to a federal lawsuit...

To Serve and to Learn: What We Gain from Giving Back
04.04.14
White House Blog (op-ed) -- Khin Mai Aung is being honored as a Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change. I began my legal career in the San Francisco Bay Area during the "dot com boom" of the late 1990s...

Ten National Leaders Honored By White House In Cesar Chavez's Name
03.31.14
Fox News Latino -- The labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, who would have turned 87 on Monday, was remembered by the White House with "Champions of Change," an event that honors community leaders who embody the spirit...

A Happy 40th Anniversary To AALDEF!
03.26.14
Above the Law -- Last night, I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the 40th anniversary celebration of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). Forty years is a remarkable milestone, so everyone...

Chinese-American lawyer honored
03.26.14
China Daily USA -- John G. Chou, general counsel at AmerisourceBergen Corporation, was honored with the 2014 Justice in Action Awards at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)...

New Orleans charter schools scramble to teach non-English speakers
03.23.14
The Hechinger Report -- Every school night, Ramon Leon helps his older son, a third grader at a New Orleans charter school, with his homework. Typically, they speed through the math worksheets...

Aasif Mandvi to Receive AALDEF 'Justice in Action' Award
03.19.14
IndiaWest -- Actor and comic Aasif Mandvi ("The Daily Show," "Million Dollar Arm") will receive an honor from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund at its gala 2014 Justice in Action Awards Mar. 25...

Rising Rent, New Development Pushing Asian Population Out Of Chinatown
03.19.14
WGBH News -- It's Tuesday morning at the Chinese Progressive Association in Chinatown. Four residents have arrived with a looming problem: They were recently served eviction notices by their landlord...

Chinatown's Difficult Evolution: Do working-class ethnic enclaves have a space in future cities?
03.10.14
Megaphone Magazine -- "Ni hao," says a red painted wall on the southwest corner of Main and Keefer. The enormous particle board inscription is an English phonetic spelling of "hello" in Cantonese, part of an advertisement...

Mappers' Delight: Northern Virginia's Korean community finally gets organized politically--about cartography
03.07.14
Washington City Paper -- Lobbyists have wet dreams about this scenario. You've mobilized an entire constituent group, 80,000 potential swing voters in a swing state. It's a growing immigrant population with a profile coveted by politicians...

The dangerous myth of "The Triple Package": What Amy Chua gets wrong about Asian-American communities
02.13.14
Salon Op-Ed -- Here we go again. Tiger mom Amy Chua is back, reinforcing stereotypes and presenting glib solutions for attaining success. Her new book, "The Triple Package," jointly authored with husband Jed Rubenfeld, argues that certain ethnic...

More penalties for prostitution won't help victims of human trafficking
01.20.14
Guardian Op-Ed -- Under the guise of improving laws against trafficking, states around the country are pushing policies that raise penalties for patronizing prostitution. This January, Human Trafficking Awareness Month...

The new Chinatown, delectably diverse
01.13.14
Philadelphia Inquirer -- The original Dim Sum Garden was a definitive Chinatown dumpling dive, a no-frills storefront under the 11th Street tunnel where devotees braved bus fumes and panhandlers for xiao long bao,

Asian American Immigration Advocates Continue Fighting for Reform
01.13.14
Asian Fortune -- AAPIs are gaining more visibility in the immigrant rights movement, and exit polls from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund show that the majority of AAPIs support comprehensive immigration reform...

Claim Against Indian Diplomat Has Echoes of Previous Cases
01.09.14
New York Times -- Sangeeta Richard, the housekeeper whose accusations of employer mistreatment led to the arrest of India's deputy consul general in New York and an international furor, is not the first domestic worker...

Rising Real Estate Prices Remake New York's Chinatown
12.31.13
Voice of America -- New York's soaring real estate prices have had a dramatic impact on scores of neighborhoods, including the city's famed Chinatown. The area in lower Manhattan has long been a critical base for Chinese immigrants...

The Gentrification Of The American Chinatown
12.27.13
MintPress News -- Gentrification is not only eroding America's Chinatowns, but robbing the country of important cultural and economic centers relied upon by Asian Americans and immigrant families, as a recent study...

Asian Americans find their history
12.26.13
China Daily -- During the construction of New York City Chinatown's Confucius Plaza in 1974, the lack of Chinese representation on the building crew inspired an outpouring of protests within the community over the span of several months...

Why #NotYourAsianSidekick Started a Social Media Brushfire
12.19.13
Wall Street Journal -- #NotYourAsianSidekick has gone global. The algorithms that determine how Twitter hashtags trend are opaque, but to have a worldwide impact, it's clear that a conversation...

Asian Americans want immigration reform, too
12.16.13
MSNBC -- If a budget can pass the House quickly, then anything's possible-even immigration reform. Like the budget, it would need concerted Democratic and Republican support. Certain GOP voters expect not only fiscal conservatism...

City BOE botches Chinese ballot text
12.13.13
Capital New York -- Two translators from the New York City Board of Elections were suspended after the Chinese-language version of the November ballot included the same text for two different Adirondack-related ballot proposals....

U.S. Judge Orders East Shore Woman Jailed in Illegal Indonesian Worker Fraud Scheme
11.21.13
PennLive -- Pandemonium erupted in a federal courtroom Thursday afternoon as a judge sentenced an East Shore woman to 15 months in prison for a scheme to illegally bring Indonesian women to the U.S. to work as domestics for starkly substandard wages...

Chinatown: the next front in the gentrification war
11.18.13
Guardian -- There will always be a little corner of the American public imagination reserved for Chinatown. Whether the word evokes for you the stereotypical mystique of opium dens and gambling halls, or the gritty restaurants...

Is Bullying an Issue for Female Athletes?
11.13.13
ESPN -- When Milena Clarke heard about the Miami Dolphins' bullying controversy, she instantly felt that familiar sick sensation. "It brought back a lot of the pain and reminded me of my situation," said the 14-year-old high school freshman basketball player...

A hard look at the future of Chinatowns
11.12.13
Philadelphia Inquirer -- People who stroll through Chinatown on Saturday nights bathe in the lights of intriguing new restaurants, hip tea shops, and stylish lounges. But moving beneath that shiny exterior, as strong and powerful...

Politicians court US-Asians
11.08.13
China Daily -- Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, and politicians are increasingly scrambling to reconcile a need to appeal to them with a lingering anti-China sentiment that reached a climax in the 2010 midterm elections...

Chinatowns in change
11.02.13
Financial Times -- Historically, Chinatowns have been a distinctive feature of many city centres, seemingly impervious to rising property prices. However, residents and business owners...

Gentrification Threatening U.S. Chinatowns
11.01.13
National Journal -- An analysis of the Chinatowns in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia show the Asian populations there are in decline, partly because of rising rental costs and median housing value. A joint report...

Chinatown's cultural paradox: Business comes at the cost of heritage
10.27.13
Washington Times -- It's a typical midweek noon rush in the heart of Washington's Chinatown, and the streets are packed. Locals, tourists and local office workers flock to the restaurants...

Chinatowns Threatened by Gentrification
10.17.13
National Geographic -- Chinatowns are at risk of disappearing due to accelerated gentrification, according to a new report. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) surveyed Chinatowns in Boston, New York, and...

US Chinatowns face risk of disappearing: year-long study warns
10.15.13
China Daily -- Like other ethnic neighborhoods in large US cities, Chinatowns are at risk of disappearing due to accelerated gentrification, according to a new report. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) surveyed Chinatowns...

America's Chinatowns Are Disappearing
10.11.13
Smithsonian -- When was the last time you took a trip to Chinatown? You might want to head there soon, because they might not be around for much longer. According to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education fund, Chinatowns...

Immigration proposals fail to protect all workers
10.10.13
The Hill (Op-Ed) -- Inaction on immigration reform is a dangerous bluff in a high-stakes game, where we bet large sectors of our economy--from agriculture to construction and domestic work, to name a few--on "guest workers" with temporary visas...

More white people moving into Chinatown as section sees real estate prices rise: study
10.10.13
New York Daily News -- Caucasian populations are growing faster in the Chinatowns of Boston, Philadelphia and Manhattan than in each city overall, according to research by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York...

Chinatowns are Gentrifying at an Alarming Rate
10.09.13
The Atlantic Cities -- A good rule of thumb to assess changing demographics in a Chinatown: the share of Asian versus non-Asian restaurants in the neighborhood. This is according to a new land-use study of the three largest East Coast Chinatowns...

Mapping the Alarming Decline of America's Chinatowns
10.09.13
Wired -- In many North American cities, Chinatowns have been home to vibrant communities of Asian immigrants since the mid-19th century. But the character of these neighborhoods is changing fast, according to a new report (pdf)....

US Chinatowns risk disappearance: study
10.09.13
AFP -- Faced with a proliferation of luxury housing and chain stores, America's Chinatowns risk extinction as new immigrants are priced out of city centers, an advocacy group said Wednesday. A study found that foreign-born...

Yuppie Condos Destroying Chinatowns?
10.09.13
NPR -- Big city Chinatowns have long been a haven for Chinese immigrants. But a new report finds that Asian-Americans are leaving Chinatowns as luxury buildings attract wealthier, white residents....

30 Tumblrs to Follow in 2013
10.07.13
TIME -- Raise is the brainchild of the Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast group, and tells the stories of young undocumented Asian Americans. Its updates - written by the kids themselves - are equal parts poignant and touching...

US judge: NJ town most reconsider mosque plan
10.04.13
Associated Press -- A federal judge has ordered a central New Jersey town to consider an application to build a mosque without applying restrictive new zoning rules passed two months after the project was proposed...

Federal Judge Rules Against N.J. Township in Dispute With Mosque
10.02.13
Wall Street Journal -- A federal judge this week blocked a central New Jersey township from enforcing a zoning change that prevented a mosque from expanding into a residential neighborhood. The ruling handed a hard-fought victory for the Al Falah Center...

Half of Asian-American NYC Teens Bullied In School, New Report Finds
09.18.13
Racialicious -- No one promises junior high school will be easy. But for Pawanpreet Singh, a tall and mild-mannered Sikh-American teenager, junior high was overshadowed with the memories of classmates calling him "Osama" and "terrorist"...

New Miss America faces hatred and racism; North Jerseyans react to vitriolic comments
09.17.13
Bergen Record -- She had barely finished her dream walk, crown on head, scepter in hand, when the vitriolic reaction started flooding Twitter. Nina Davuluri was named the 2014 Miss America Sunday night in Atlantic City...

Elections Board Rings In the Old, as Lever Machines Replace Scanners
09.09.13
New York Times -- Dented, dinged and dated, New York's battleship-gray lever voting machines have been hauled out of retirement because the city can't seem to get the hang of electronic voting...

Asian American Students Still Face Bullying in New York City Schools
09.06.13
Colorlines -- Back in 2008, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein announced an ambitious new initiative to try to help curb bullying in the Big Apple's classrooms. The plan included...

Bullying of Asian-Americans spikes in New York City schools
09.05.13
Washington Post -- A report released Thursday (Sept. 5) by two civil rights groups found a dramatic spike in bullying of Asian-American students in New York City public schools. The report by the Sikh Coalition and the Asian American Legal Defense ...

Report: Rampant bullying against Asian students in NYC schools
09.05.13
WPIX TV -- Sikh Coalition director Amardeep Singh's did not hold back when expressing his reaction to a report released Thursday detailing a greater than 20% increase of Asian-American students getting bullied inside of city schools...

Report: 50 Percent Of Asian American Students In NYC Schools Say They've Been Bullied
09.05.13
CBS -- Some Asian American students are hoping the new school year brings an end to bullying in the New York City school system. A new report by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Sikh Coalition...

Half of Asian American students in city middle and high schools have been bullied, new survey reveals
09.05.13
New York Daily News -- The "snapshot" study of more than 160 Asian American public school students by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Sikh Coalition was released Thursday...

Study Shows Bullying Of Sikh Students Still Problem In City Schools
09.05.13
NY1 News -- In light of new statistics from a joint study released on Thursday, anti-bullying advocates say city public schools still needs to make changes when it comes to protecting Asian American students, especially those of the Sikh faith...

Vietnamese group defends decision to take legal route in New Orleans schools
08.06.13
Times Picayune -- When the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association filed a civil rights complaint with the federal departments of education and justice on Friday...

Groups criticize public schools for inadequate translation services
08.04.13
The Advocate -- Two advocacy groups filed a civil rights complaint Friday with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of 11 Vietnamese and Latino parents whose children are enrolled in several New Orleans schools...

New Orleans Schools Face Complaint About Treatment of ELL Families
08.03.13
Education Week -- A new complaint alleging that some charter schools in New Orleans are discriminating against the non-English-speaking parents of Vietnamese and Latino students has been filed with federal civil rights officials...

Complaint alleges bias by N.O. school officials
08.02.13
Associated Press -- Legal advocates on Friday asked federal authorities to investigate their claims that New Orleans school officials discriminate against the parents of Asian-American and Latino students...

New Orleans public schools inadequate for non-English speakers, critics say
08.01.13
The Times Picayune -- Two groups are set to file a federal complaint that several eastern New Orleans schools are violating civil rights law by failing adequately to serve non-native English-speaking families. VAYLA and the national AALDEF...

Obama pledges to strengthen Voting Rights Act
07.30.13
USA Today -- President Obama told civil rights leaders Monday that his administration would work to strengthen the Voting Rights Act in light of a Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision...

Obama reassures voting rights advocates in meeting
07.29.13
MSNBC -- Civil rights leaders and local elected officials emerged optimistic and determined to help protect the right the vote after a closed-door meeting with President Obama in which they discussed the way forward...

Obama Reassures Leaders on Enforcing Voting Rights
07.29.13
New York Times -- Days after his administration filed suit against Texas to protect minority voters, President Obama told civil rights leaders and local officials on Monday that the federal government would vigorously enforce voting rights...

Immigration Reform: We Deserve More
07.27.13
Huffington Post -- "You are undocumented." That is the title my friends gave me. I never thought this simple label would create obstacles which would hinder me from my dreams. I was six years old when my parents, facing financial difficulties...

Ray Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security?
07.23.13
New York Times (Room for Debate) -- Appointing Ray Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security would send a troubling message to American Muslims and others who have watched him erode their rights and ignore their voices in New York City...

Racism: Milena Clarke's Old-fashioned Experience vs. the New Kind After the Asiana Crash
07.15.13
Huffington Post -- Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, the two 16-year-old Chinese school girls who died in the Asiana Airlines crash last weekend, aren't around to experience the kind of knee-jerky modern racism toward Asians...

Civil rights organization targets Russell schools
07.09.13
Daily Independent -- A civil rights organization has filed complaints with two federal agencies urging both to investigate the Russell Independent Schools over alleged "severe, persistent and ongoing"...

Ky. girl claims racial harassment from basketball teammates
07.03.13
Fox TV (KY) -- The father and daughter sobbing together in the Kyova 10 Theater in Cannonsburg, Ky. a few months back weren't just moved by Jackie Robinson's story in the film "42." They were remembering their own story...

South Asians in Queens to Get Ballots in Bengali
07.02.13
New York Times -- When New York voters go to the polls for the primary on Sept. 10, South Asians in Queens will for the first time find ballots translated into Bengali, the first new language to be introduced...

Demanding Action Over Promises, Advocates Sue Elections Board To Get Bengali On NYC Ballots
07.02.13
New York Daily News -- BOE lawyer Steve Richman said the agency -- which is awaiting Gov. Cuomo's verdict on whether the city can redeploy its old lever machines for the Sept. 10 primaries and a possible runoff to follow...

South Asian Advocates Sue Board Of Election For Lack Of Bengali-Language Ballots Last Year
07.03.13
NY1 News -- Advocates for South Asian voters in Queens and all over the city are suing the city's Board Of Elections, saying the board violated the federal Voting Rights Act by not providing ballots...

Court Ruling on Voting Rights Act May Help New York City
06.25.13
New York Times -- The impact of the Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act may be seen in New York City as early as this September in the mayoral primary...

Breaking The "Bamboo Ceiling"
06.21.13
Huffington Post Live -- Despite high test scores & extracurricular activities, Asian Americans have the lowest acceptance rate to elite colleges. Asian American groups are working to end admissions bias, but will eliminating race-conscious policies work to their advantage...

Supreme Court wants high bar for affirmative action
06.25.13
Boston Globe -- The Supreme Court sent a major affirmative action case back to a lower court for reconsideration on Monday, leaving many local college officials relieved that race-conscious admissions policies were not overturned...

AALDEF: Asian Amercians Support Affirmative Action in Education
06.24.13
Asian American News (Op-Ed) -- The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the value of diversity in higher education in its ruling in Fisher v. UT-Austin. Though the decision requires the lower court to take a second look at UT's admissions policy to see if it meets...

Chinatown threatened on two fronts, report says
06.21.13
Crains New York -- With its population shrinking and its property values rising, New York's Chinatown is under siege, according to an exhaustive report released Friday...

How Do We Gain Asian American Support for Marriage?
06.19.13
The Bilerico Project (Op-Ed) -- There's much speculation, excitement, and fear about the Supreme Court's imminent decision on the fate of DOMA and California's Proposition 8...

First Trafficking Suits Filed as Part of Huge Pro Bono Effort
06.03.13
National Law Journal -- Two Atlanta law firms, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, have filed human trafficking suits in federal court in Texas for 50 Indian guest workers...

Asian American Students Face Unique Challenges When It Comes to Affirmative Action
06.02.13
Diverse Issues In Higher Education -- Though many Asian-American interest groups have lined up to support the University of Texas' affirmative action policy amid the Fisher v. University of Texas court battle...

Spotlight on Hidden Immigrant Struggles
05.25.13
Huffington Post -- Last Monday evening, in a small dark theater space on Manhattan's Lower East Side, a group of young people gathered and started talking. They shared stories about growing up, trying to fit in or stand out among peers...

Good Government Groups Oppose Return To Lever Machines For Mayoral Election
05.22.13
New York Daily News -- Good government groups came out strongly Wednesday against a proposal to salvage the upcoming city elections by allowing a return to old fashioned lever machines...

More Than 500 Indians Abused by Human Trafficking, Lawyer Says
05.22.13
Houston Press -- In 2005, Hurricane Katrina not only almost destroyed New Orleans and wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. The hurricane may also have opened the door for human trafficking for one company, according to lawsuits filed in Texas and Mississippi on Tuesday...

Undocumented Asian Americans are now sharing personal stories online -- and onstage
05.20.13
New York Daily News -- Brooklyn community organizer Hong Mei Pang was disappointed as she looked out over the tens of thousands of people crowding the National Mall during a rally for immigration reform earlier this spring...

New York Is the Only Life I've Ever Known
05.20.13
Huffington Post -- Life in New York is the only life I've ever known. I was just five-years-old when I came to the United States from the Philippines in 2000. I lived with my grandparents in the Upper East Side for a year...

Maritza Lam: Hope for the Future
05.18.13
Huffington Post -- People are often surprised to learn that though I am ethnically Chinese, I was born and raised in Peru. My parents immigrated to Peru from China...

Why I Share My Status as an Undocumented Asian American Youth
05.17.13
Huffington Post -- I had a happy childhood in Singapore, where I grew up eating rock candy and condensed milk and jumping rope. My mother spoke five languages and worked for IBM. My father was an entrepreneur...

On the Street: UndocuAsians Come Out
05.17.13
Colorlines -- Asians are a driving force behind migration to the U.S. and the demographic shifts; 40 percent of all migrants to the U.S. hail from Asia, and 40 percent of Asian Americans were not born in the U.S. What's more, 1.2 million...

For Asian Undocumented Immigrants, a Life of Secrecy
05.14.14
The Atlantic -- Four uniformed agents bashed down Tony Choi's dorm room door. He started awake as they stormed in. Four unfamiliar figures surrounded him. He was confused. But there was no time to react...

NYC lawmakers consider allowing non-citizen immigrants to vote
05.10.13
MSNBC -- Big Apple lawmakers are taking a big step in allowing non-citizen immigrants the right to vote in municipal elections...

New York City Council considers letting non-citizens vote
05.09.13
Salon -- The New York City Council will hold a hearing on Thursday to again consider allowing non-citizen residents to vote in municipal elections, a measure that appears to have a veto-proof majority in the Council, after a similar measure...

Nix on surveillance files
05.09.13
New York Post -- A Manhattan judge slapped down a demand by advocacy groups for records detailing the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims in the wake of Sept. 11, saying the disclosure would compromise ongoing counterterrorism investigations...

Judge backs NYPD's refusal to detail its surveillance of Muslim community under Freedom of Information Law
05.08.13
New York Daily News -- Reports detailing the NYPD's infiltration and surveillance of the Muslim community are not subject to public scrutiny under the Freedom of Information Law, a Manhattan judge ruled Wednesday...

Immigration: City Council to discuss allowing non-citizens to vote in city elections
05.08.13
New York Daily News -- On Thursday, non-citizen, immigrant voting will return to New York City's political agenda. The City Council Committee on Immigration and the Committee on Government Relations will hold a join hearing tomorrow...

New Orleans students find shortcomings in language services
04.25.13
The Advocate -- Myra Silva stepped up to the microphone, exuding confidence in her loud, clear voice, but just a few words into her story about being a bilingual student, the 19-year-old's voice broke, her eyes welling up with tears...

Does America Still Believe in Meritocracy in Schools?
04.14.13
Wall Street Journal (Letters to the Editor) -- Mr. Kozak trades in tired stereotypes about Asian-Americans and offers empty solutions to address our nation's educational inequities. Contrary to the model-minority myth...

GOP sees need to woo Asian-American voters
04.11.13
USA Today -- Republicans admit they have a problem with Hispanic voters. They have an even bigger problem with Asian Americans -- a group that was a majority GOP voting bloc less than 20 years ago...

Modern Slavery Emerges From the Shadows
04.02.13
U.S. News and World Report -- Enforcement of immigration laws could be making human trafficking tougher to detect. Ima Matul sat under the bright examination light in a Los Angeles hospital, while an emergency room doctor stared suspiciously at the wound on her head...

The Horrifying Effects of NYPD Ethnic Profiling on Innocent Muslim Americans
03.28.13
The Atlantic -- America's largest city, an ethnically diverse, politically liberal melting pot of more than 8 million people, routinely violates the civil liberties of its racial and ethnic minorities. New York City's "Stop and Frisk" policy...

Asian Americans say they faced voting problems
03.09.13
Atlanta Journal-Constitution -- Asian American voters in Georgia had a range of problems during the 2012 presidential election, including being improperly asked to show proof of citizenship at the polls... 

Op-Ed: Aim for Diverse Schools, But Don't Leave it Up to Charters
02.28.13
Next City -- Last month, charter school operators across New York City submitted letters to local parent volunteer groups announcing plans to site new charter schools. Some of these operators are increasingly touting the benefits of racially and economically...

Why New York City Needs the Voting Rights Act
02.26.13
City Limits -- A key part of the landmark law is being challenged at the Supreme Court. While discrimination at the voting booth is often thought of as a Southern problem, New York City has its own harsh history...

Note To Media: The Voting Rights Act Challenge Is Not Just Black And White
02.06.13
Media Matters -- The media should be aware of the Voting Rights Act's historic importance for all communities of color, particularly the "awakened" Latino vote, and not simply report that it is a black and white issue of importance only to African-Americans...

The Latest in the Redistricting Battle
02.04.13
The Brian Lehrer Show -- Since the most recent City Council redistricting proposal, negotiations have been taking place to further adjust the balance of power among New York City communities. In advance...

For Asian-Americans, Immigration Backlogs Are A Major Hurdle
01.31.13
NPR -- Although the national conversation about immigration policy tends to focus on Latinos, it is Asian-Americans who encounter some of the knottiest challenges facing immigrants and immigration reformers...

10 Surprising Statistics on the Political Leanings of Asian American Voters
01.18.13
National Journal -- Like other minority groups, an overwhelming majority of Asian-American voters supported President Obama in his reelection. National exit polls estimated that 73 percent of Asian-Americans voted blue in November, an 11-percentage-point jump from 2008...

Google Removes 'Make Me Asian' App Amid Protests Over Racism
01.18.13
The Wrap -- Google has removed the app "Make Me Asian" from its Google Play store after weeks of protest from groups that said the game, which allowed users to change their appearance by reshaping eyes or fashioning portraits...

Half of Asian Americans rely on ethnic media: poll
01.17.13
Agence France-Presse -- Around half of Asian Americans relied on ethnic media for news during the last election in which the growing community voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama, a study said Thursday. Massive support...

Human Trafficking and Corporate Supply Chains
01.11.13
Race Talk Op-Ed -- People are more concerned about trafficking in persons than ever. However, addressing this human rights abuse means we all need to consume goods ethically by learning more about the supply chain of products we purchase...

UAE officer ordered to pay $1.2M to former worker
12.27.13
Associated Press -- A naval officer from the United Arab Emirates has been ordered to pay $1.2 million to a former domestic worker who accused him of imprisoning her and forcing her to work long hours for little pay...

Implicit Quotas for Asians at Colleges?
12.26.12
New York Times, Letter to the Editor -- "Asians: Too Smart for Their Own Good?," by Carolyn Chen (Op-Ed, Dec. 20), paints a troubling picture of stigma and exclusion. Indeed, a system by which Asian students are denied access on account of racial stereotype would be abhorrent and unlawful...

Quotas Are Imaginary; Need for Diversity Is Real
12.19.12
New York Times, Room for Debate -- Asian-Americans have long been used as a wedge group by opponents of affirmative action. But the latest frenzy about "discrimination" against Asians  - often by parties that have rarely shown their concern for Asian-Americans in other contexts - is not based on facts...

Common ground on affirmative action
12.17.12
National Law Journal Op-Ed -- Asian-Americans have taken center stage in the debate over affirmative action. With the U.S. Supreme Court preparing to issue a new ruling on the constitutionality of affirmative action...

Why Asian Americans Voted Democratic
12.12.12
Asian Fortune Op-Ed -- Nationally, a whopping 73% of Asian Americans voted for President Obama, according to the exit polls. In the swing state of Virginia, Obama captured 66% of our vote. Asian Americans were a driving force...

Post-Sandy, Housing and Environmental Issues Rampant in Working Class NY
12.06.12
Our Chinatown -- On Monday evening, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU hosted a panel on the effects of community organizing in working class neighborhoods and ethnic communities that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy...

Commission Approves Revised District Map for City Council
11.18.12
New York Times -- Responding to criticism that its proposed boundary maps were unfair to minorities, New York City's Districting Commission has approved a revised plan that will define the 51 City Council districts...<

Election Problems Included Confusion, Intimidation, Untrained Poll Workers
11.12.12
Huffington Post -- On Election Day, Leo Kim, 34, drove a group of elderly Korean Americans to the polls in Annandale, Va., a Washington suburb. They quickly found themselves in a scene out of the Jim Crow era...

The Elite Eight, on the Federal Radar
11.11.12
New York Times -- The civil rights office of the federal Department of Education has rightly decided to investigate a complaint filed in September by civil rights groups over the admissions policies of eight highly competitive...<

Asian Americans Overwhelmingly Backed Obama, Democrats
11.08.12
Los Angeles Times -- Much has been made of the Latino vote and its crucial role in boosting President Obama to victory, but it was Asian Americans who made the most dramatic shift in support for the President Tuesday...

Fisher v. University of Texas: My Experience with Holistic Admissions
10.26.12
Hyphen Magazine -- At the University of Texas at Austin, we take pride in our motto, "What starts here changes the world." UT seeks to admit the best students to form classrooms where students learn as much from each other as they do...

More Asian Immigrants Are Finding Ballots in Their Native Tongue
10.18.12
New York Times -- Joshua Pajarillo stood outside Seafood City, greeting fellow Filipinos in Tagalog -- one of his native country's main languages -- and trying to get them to stop and fill out Clark County's new voter registration form...

New Council lines in works
10.18.12
Queens Campaigner -- The nonpartisan commission charged with drawing new City Council districts has isolated itself from criticism by not completing a comprehensive first draft, critics of the process contended...

Candidates focus on Asian American voters
10.11.12
Washington Post -- With less than a month left before the presidential election, candidates are seeking support of minority groups to boost their winning chances in swing states such as Virginia. This strategy puts Northern Virginia...

Panelists support UT affirmative action admission policies
10.04.12
The Horn -- A panel of experts convened at UT Wednesday to discuss the positive potential of affirmative action admission policies -- exactly one week before UT will defend the constitutionality of the practice before the U.S. Supreme Court...

Tell Slate Your Affirmative Action Story
10.03.12
Slate -- Next week, the Supreme Court will hear argument in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the case that could end affirmative action for public colleges and universities across the country--or not. Scores of briefs...

New York's Proposed Council Map Is Called Unfair to Minority Groups
10.02.12
New York Times -- East Harlem would be split in two, and represented by two New York City Council members, including one from the Bronx. Two neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens with fast-growing Asian-American populations...

NYPD sued over refusal to release Muslim spying documents
09.27.12
Bergen Record -- Two advocacy organizations have sued the New York Police Department for failing to provide documents related to surveillance of Muslims in schools, businesses and mosques in four states, including New Jersey...

On 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation, Congress Must Protect Today's Trafficking Victims
09.22.12
Progressive -- 150 years ago this weekend, President Lincoln issued a preliminary decree stating that he would free the slaves in the rebelling Confederate states if they failed to return to the Union within 100 days. Lincoln signed...

Unique Obstacles for Asian Americans in Voting
09.19.12
NPR -- There's been a lot of attention on how voter ID laws might affect minority groups like African-Americans and Latinos. But some observers say that Asian Americans may also be affected. Michel Martin discusses the potential impact with Glenn Magpantay...

Bengali ballots not ready for primary
09.12.12
Times Ledger -- The city violated the federal Voting Rights Act by acting too slowly on a 2011 requirement to provide ballots in a South Asian language and delaying them until 2013, according to a complaint filed by a nonprofit this week...

Hollister models mock Asians in photos and tweets, but is firing them enough?
09.11.12
Fox News -- Foreign models visiting Korea to promote the opening of American clothing company Hollister's store have come under fire for mocking Asians. Four male models were flown in to work the opening of the first South Korean Hollister location...

First Draft Of City Council Redistricting Map Released
09.06.12
NY1 News -- The first draft of the new City Council district maps show some firsts for the city, which refelect its shifting demographics. "Staten Island, for the first time in its history, has three city council lines entirely within...

City Council Prepares for Redistricting
09.05.12
WNYC -- The New York City Districting Commission unveiled its first draft of how City Council districts may be redrawn for next year's election. The preliminary hearing introduced a map of the city's 51 council districts, re-jiggered...

New City Council lines mapped
09.05.12
New York Daily News -- The City Districting Commission Tuesday rolled out first drafts of new maps for the 51 City Council districts. The plan largely sticks with the previous district boundaries...

With City Council Redistricting Looming, Activists Unveil "Unity Map"
09.04.12
NY1 News -- Activists are trying to protect the city's minority groups as the City Council district lines are about to be redrawn. Minority advocate groups unveiled their so-called Unity Map Tuesday. Their proposal is designed to protect...

Voter ID Laws an Extra Challenge to Asian Americans
09.04.12
New American Media / Asian Week -- In an election year where just a handful of votes could sway a tight election, some states are enacting laws to make it more difficult for citizens to vote. Voter identification laws have been passed...

Bengali Ballots Pushed Back to 2013
08.30.12
Wall Street Journal -- New York City won't be able to fully meet a federal requirement to provide Bengali ballots in parts of Queens for this fall's elections, a problem the Board of Elections blamed on a vendor...

'Unity' Coalition Has Some Ideas for City Council Redistricting
08.30.12
New York Observer -- A coalition of Latino and Asian advocacy groups have released a proposal for the City Council's consideration as they begin the decennial process of redrawing district...

Asian American groups file brief opposing Pa. voter-ID law
08.30.12
Philadelphia Inquirer -- In the latest twist on Pennsylvania's voter-ID litigation, a brief filed Wednesday says Asian Americans are especially vulnerable to being barred at the polls because of naming customs and unique language barriers...

Asian Americans Join Suit Against PA Voter ID Law
08.29.12
WBAI -- A national Asian-American rights organization has joined the legal battle against the state of Pennsylvania's controversial Voter ID Law. WBAI's Jose Santiago spoke with Glenn Magpantay, Director of the Democracy Program at...

Should Asians Be Excluded From Affirmative Action Programs/Diversity Scholarships In The United States?
08.27.12
Forbes -- No. The argument for race-conscious affirmative action is that, all other factors being equal, people of color still experience obstacles to pursuing an education based on subtle discrimination in policy or daily practice...

Minority Communities Ask To Not Be Split During City Council Redistricting
08.23.12
NY1 News -- Following state and congressional redistricting, Asian-Americans and other minority communities in Queens shared with the city's Districting Commission at the Flushing Library on Tuesday about changes in City Council districts...

UT affirmative action case divides Asian-Americans
08.19.12
Houston Chronicle -- On its surface, the case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas revolves around whether the school's consideration of race in admissions led to the rejection of a white student...

Queens hearing planned for new Council lines
08.17.12
Queens Campaigner / Times Ledger -- A commission is set to host next week the only public hearing in Queens on the once-in-a-decade process of redrawing the City Council's district lines...

RI worker wins lawsuit against UAE officer
8.15.12
Associated Press -- A naval officer from the United Arab Emirates has failed to appear in court to defend himself against a claim that he didn't pay a domestic servant for long hours of work, prompting a judge to rule against him...

Supreme Court Is Flooded With Briefs Defending Race-Conscious Admissions
08.14.12
The Chronicle of Higher Education -- The Obama administration on Monday joined a long list of higher-education associations, civil-rights groups, and other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold race-conscious admission policies...

Asian-American rift over Supreme Court affirmative action case
08.14.12
Reuters -- On Monday, dozens of Asian-American organizations filed amicus briefs at the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that universities should be allowed to consider race in admissions decisions. Five Asian-American groups were not among them....

Color-blind or Just Blind? - The Latest Challenge to Affirmative Action
8.13.12
Asia Pacific Forum -- Supporters of affirmative action file their amici briefs today in support of University of Texas (UT)-Austin in Fisher vs UT-Austin, the latest Supreme Court case on race-conscious college admissions. Conservative pundits...

Asian Group Advocates Redistricting; Help for Undocumented Students
08.12.12
Examiner -- The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will testify at the first NYC Council Redistricting hearing in Brooklyn on Monday, August 13. AALDEF will propose new NYC Council district lines...

School Culture Can Contribute to Bullying of LGBT, Immigrant Students
08.08.12
US News & World Report -- Jockeying for popularity and status within high school cliques can bring out the worst in teens. Students at the center of their social circles are often more likely to be bullies, and they tend to target...

Sehgal: Sikh temple shooting shows how hatred can transcend boundaries
08.06.12
Newsday (Op-ed) -- 'No matter who is shot and killed in there, it's going to affect all of us out here," said Simran Kaleka, the niece of Satwant Singh Kaleka, president of the Sikh gurudwara in Oak Creek, Wis. Her uncle was preparing to deliver remarks...

Fear and politics block real US migration reform
07.10.12
Global Times -- Earlier in June, US President Barack Obama said his administration will stop deporting young "illegal" immigrants under 30 years old who entered the US before 16 years of age, have resided in the US for at least five years, pose no criminal or security threat...

Are Immigrant Youth One Step Closer to the DREAM?
07.09.12
Asia Pacific Forum -- Last month, President Obama made an announcement that could change the lives of immigrant activists across the nation known as DREAMers. These are the undocumented immigrant youth who have been campaigning...

The Diversity of America's Undocumented Youth
07.09.12
Education Week -- Most of the faces of undocumented students who have publicly revealed their immigration status to push for immigration reform and more specifically, passage of the federal DREAM Act, are Latino. And that makes sense given that...

Asian Americans Express Concern About Voter ID Law
07.06.12
CBS News -- Several Asian American civil rights groups held a press conference earlier this week to discuss how the Commonwealth's voter ID law is impacting new immigrants...

Brighter Futures Predicted for Undocumented Youths
07.06.12
Education Week -- With more than 1.3 million undocumented young people now eligible to seek relief from deportation and gain work permits and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down much of Arizona's immigration law, some educators and advocates...

Asian-American situation more varied than reported
07.03.12
The Progressive (Op-ed) -- Beware the "model minority" stereotype about Asian-Americans. The Pew Center recently issued "The Rise of Asian-Americans," stressing that they have the highest income and...

Asian American groups criticize voter-ID law
07.03.12
Philadelphia Inquirer -- Pennsylvania's new voter-ID requirements threaten to disenfranchise a significant number of Asian Americans, particularly immigrant citizens without a solid command of English, leaders of Asian American...

Philadelphia official urges Asian residents to get ID so they can vote
07.03.12
Philadelphia Inquirer -- Stephanie Singer, city commissioners chairwoman, urged Asian-Americans on Monday to make sure that they exercise their right to vote despite obstacles posed by the new voter-ID law...

Asian-American civil rights group to hold registration drive for N.J., N.Y. residents
06.28.12
Bergen Record -- Asian-Americans interested in casting a ballot in this year's presidential election can register to vote in coming days in Middlesex County and in Manhattan. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a civil rights organization, will conduct the registration drives for New York and New Jersey...

Asian American Voter Registration Drives for Independence Day
06.27.12
News India Times -- In the week leading up to July 4th, 2012, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a 38-year-old civil rights organization, will conduct a series of non-partisan voter registration drives...

Affirmative Action Admissions: Asian Americans Support Race-Conscious Practices, Survey Finds
06.26.12
Huffington Post -- New findings throw a wrench in an already heated debate on the proper place of affirmative action in college admission. According to two new reports, most Asian Americans support race-conscious practices in college admissions...

The Conversation: An Economist Gets Lunch
06.25.12
The Atlantic (Letter to the Editor) -- Among Tyler Cowen's "Six Rules for Dining Out" (May) was "Exploit Restaurant Workers" (No. 5). Cowen said many family-run Asian restaurants pay their employees low salaries, and therefore "offer good food buys."...

Thousands March Silently to Protest Stop-and-Frisk Policies
06.17.12
New York Times -- In a slow, somber procession, several thousand demonstrators conducted a silent march on Sunday down Fifth Avenue to protest the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policies, which the organizers say single out minority groups...

City Bar Presents Legal Services Awards
06.15.12
New York Law Journal -- The New York City Bar held a reception on June 13 at its 44th Street headquarters to honor its annual Legal Service Awards winners. On hand for the event are... Ivy Suriyopas, Anti-Trafficking Initiative, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund...

Asian-American Community Struggles With Long-Term Unemployment
06.08.12
NY1 News -- A study released by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington D.C. highlights a anomaly in the Asian-American community that has been largely overlooked. 50 percent of unemployed Asian-Americans are unemployed long term, the largest share of any ethnic group...

High-stakes testing protests spreading
05.30.12
Washington Post -- Opposition to high-stakes standardized testing is growing around the country, with more parents choosing to opt their children out of taking exams, more school boards expressing disapproval...

Long-term Unemployment Hits Asian-Americans Hardest
05.24.12
Voice of America -- Asian-Americans suffer the highest rates of long-term unemployment of any group in the United States, according to a recent study issued by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

National Coalition on School Diversity Continues to Call for Increase in Racial and Economic Integration in Education Department Programs
05.18.12
On May 18, 2012, during the National Coalition on School Diversity's (NCSD) second national conference, school diversity experts, along with Congressional and federal officials, gathered to discuss the ongoing impact of landmark education decisions. In 1945, Latino parents in...

Apprenticeship' to Chef Meant Only Long Hours and Sub-Minimum Wages, Suit Says
04.26.12
New York Times -- Here's a variant on the depressingly common phenomenon of restaurants underpaying their low-wage workers: a former employee of the Lower East Side gastropub Spitzer's Corner has charged in a suit that he was hired into a...

Spitzer's Corner Chef Made "Apprentice" Toil 90 Hours A Week For Peanuts, Lawsuit Alleges
04.26.12
Gothamist -- An aspiring cook has filed a lawsuit against the chef and owners of Spitzer's Corner, the popular Lower East Side scenester hangout that's previously been in trouble for serving booze to minors. According to the lawsuit (in full...

Spitzer's Corner Sued by Former Cook Over Wages
04.26.12
New York Magazine -- DNAinfo says Edward Kim, who worked in the Spitzer's Corner kitchen for roughly ten months, is suing the Lower East Side spot for allegedly paying him a "poverty wage." Kim says he stuck around because he...

Upscale Gastropub Spitzer's Corner Paid 'Poverty Wage,' Lawsuit Claims
04.26.12
DNAinfo -- A former employee at the Lower East Side gastropub Spitzer's Corner is suing the restaurant for allegedly paying him as little as $2.91 an hour while he worked as an apprentice under former executive chef Sung Park.Edward Kim...

Chinatown B.I.D. billing dispute remains
04.25.12
Downtown Express -- Though a billing snafu in Chinatown has been resolved, it has reawakened a long-standing debate over the neighborhood's newly formed Business Improvement District and caused angst among some property owners about being overcharged in the future. The...

File your naturalization application soon, if you want to vote in the November elections
04.25.12
New York Daily News -- The Tenth Annual CUNY/Daily News annual Citizenship NOW! Call-in is a terrific success. We have already answered more than 100,000 call since the program began. The call-in ends Friday, so you have just three...

National Resolution Against high stakes Testing Released
04.24.12
Washington Post -- A national resolution protesting high-stakes standardized testing was released Tuesday by a coalition of national education, civil rights and parents groups, as well as educators who are trying to build a broad-based movement against the Obama administration's...

Diverse 6th District Could Foster An Ugly Campaign
04.19.12
Queens Tribune -- "No worry I have kindergartners make pamphlet 4 English ppls to read Chinese signs. It be all ok. Me love you all long time! #NY06".In the context of a lifetime, or even a congressional race, they barely...

Albany's Redistricting Deal Slowly Makes Its Way Through The Courts
04.18.12
NY1 News -- Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on newly drawn lines for state legislative districts as part of a deal that would reform the redistricting process in 2022, but the plan is still in a state of...

2.19.12
Reuters -- ESPN has fired one employee and suspended another for using the same racist word in connection to New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin. In both cases, an employee used the word "chink" in reference to Lin, a Palo Alto native of Chinese descent...


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