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Long Beach's "Little Phnom Penh" define the heart
of the Cambodian community, the largest in the world outside
the Kingdom of Cambodia. No freeway signs, no official designation,
etc. - just a string of buildings.
APOLOGIZES FOR SILVERMAN
NBC late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien has apologized
for not bleeping a racial slur (a derogatory term for Chinese
people in a joke about trying to avoid jury duty by pretending
that she was a bigot) uttered by female comic, Sarah
Silverman, on his program on July 11, 2001. The
intent of the joke was to illuminate racism, not support it.
Silverman, 23 July 2001
Thung Phetakoune, a Laotian American man was killed in
a hate crime in Newmarket, New Hampshire on July 16, 2001
by Richard Labbe - a 35 years old white male. He stated "those
Asians killed Americans, and you won't do anything about it,
so I will . . . call it payback." Ironically, Phetakoune had
served in the Vietnam War for Laos, fighting side-by-side
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FADING FROM ALLY?
Liu is likely to appear in only four episodes of
Ally McBeal next season, the New York Daily News reported
today (Monday), citing a source close to the show. Liu, who
the newspaper says has a reputation for being difficult, reportedly
wants to concentrate on trying to advance her career in motion
pictures. "David [Kelly, producer of McBeal] can't wait to
get rid of her," the Daily News' source said.
In what police called a hate crime, four members
(James Smiley/24, Michael Keaser/23 and Christopher Wallace/18)
of a Ventura white supremacist gang were arrested on suspicion
of beating a Filipino man in Port Hueneme.
HOPE FOR PEACE
Indian Americans are keeping their fingers crossed
that something will emerge from an Indian-Pakistan summit
that will put an end to the hostilities between the two nations,
and particularly bring peace in Kashmir.
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker have signed to do Rush Hour
3. Jackie will start the third sequel after he has completed
his two upcoming films - Sidewinder (shot in Ireland) and
Shanghai Noon - Shanghai Knight (shot in China, Hong Kong,
US and London).
NEEDED IN SCHOOLS
The lack of school-based translators in Tagalog,
Khmer, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and other Asian languages
is a hindrance for both students and parents, according to
the report prepared by the Asian Pacific American Education
Summit, a group of education and community leaders who for
the past year have been looking into the needs of Asian-American
and Pacific Islander students in San Francisco.
The Hokulia land development project, a partnership
of Arizona developer Lyle Anderson and Japan Airlines with
roughly $300 million already invested, of desecrating ancient
burial sites and letting soil wash into the pristine waters
of Kealakekua Bay, a marine conservation district.
II HELPS ASIANS
Spikes in Latino and Asian-American enrollment
at the University of California (UC) have coincided with the
school's recent emphasis on the SAT II, which tests a student's
proficiency in specific subjects.
Among the top 300 Bush appointees, the National
Journal analysis found that 26 percent were women and 3 percent
were Asian American.
AOL/TIME WARNER'S & MINORITIES
AOL Time Warner has earmarked $100 million for investment
in companies owned or operated by women and people of color
in a three-year initiative, known as the AOL Time Warner Opportunity
Investment Fund. The small businesses will be offered between
$2 million and $10 million with three criteria (2 of the top
5 managers are a mnority, targets "underserved markets" and
a strategic fit. Rachel
S. Lam, a former principal of the Quetzal/Chase Capital Partners
fund in New York, will head the team that manages the Opportunity
STATIONS TARGET APA'S
XM and Sirius Satellite Radio will carry news
programming from CNN, Bloomberg Radio, the Weather Channel
and British Broadcasting Corp. Both will have a wide variety
of music, talk, C-SPAN, sports, comedy, evangelists, kid shows
and programming aimed at African Americans, Latinos and Asian
ON KOREAN CRIME
Extortion Case Explores Rifts in Korean Enclave
in Queens. Korea Tribune publisher, Bryan Kim, was arrested
and accused of extorting money from Mrs. Park and four other
Korean merchants, as prosecutors charged that he had tried
to force the merchants into paying for advertising, threatening
to smear them with false articles about infidelity or fabricated
scandals about their businesses.
APPOINTS 12 APA'S
Twelve Asian Pacific Americans are expected to be appointed
to senior positions in the Bush administration, a move that
shows President Bush's embrace of Asian American talent and
OF NATIVE HAWAIIANS
Hawaiians, while mourning the loss
of their culture are constantly fighting to reclaim their
- as seen in the recent Rice
v. Cayetano decision and reversal. This
is while Hawai'i has been called a "laboratory of race relations"
based on its carefully cultivated image as a place where people
of different cultures have historically
lived together and "fused." This image has a certain amount
of validity when Hawaii's racial "fusion" is contrasted to
that found in most of the continental United States.
MEDIA FLOURISH IN CA
In California, the Asian print media dominate the scene
as evident by the following rankings.
#1 - Korea Times / Los Angeles (Circulation: 43,500)
#2 - Philippine News / San Francisco / (Circulation: 39,657)
#3 - Weekend Balita (Filipino) / Glendale / (Circulation:
#5 - Nguoi Viet Daily News / (Vietnamese) / Westminster /
#6 - Rafu Shimpo (Japanese) / Los Angeles / (Circulation:
#8 - India-West / Emeryville / (Circulation: 15,800)
#11 - Sereechai (Thai) / Los Angeles / (Circulation: 12,000)
#12 - Free China Journal / Los Angeles / (Circulation:
Five Chinese immigrant students who were told
by Assistant Principal, Rosemary Assenso to leave Lafayette
at the start of their senior year because they had completed
the basic requirements for graduation. The recent beating
of a Pakistani student in front of the school and charges
of insubordination against an Asian-American guidance counselor
have led some parents and teachers to accuse several Lafayette
officials of discrimination.
All five students had earned extra credits in part by taking
on more than the usual course load. The teachers and students
said that they knew of other students who had met graduation
requirements early, but those students were not asked to leave.
of Education's superintendent of student monitoring, Ronald
Woo, and Rose DePinto, then the superintendent for high schools
in Brooklyn and Staten Island were instrumental in reinstating
the students back into school.
Several Chinese 11th grade students received transcripts indicating
they had been promoted to 12th grade and would graduate by
January 2002. Two of the 11th-graders have filed a complaint
with the city's Human Rights Commission. A
veteran Lafayette teacher stated that "You start to think
it's a premeditated persecution of Asian students."
36 Asian-American students participating in a leadership
conference was attempting to cross the street was questioned
for 45 minutes by a police officer accussing the group of
jaywalking. They were constantly asked - "Do you speak English
- Are you foreigners? Only 1 ticket was given and several
white people walking across the same street, but they were
never stopped. Seattle's
Asian-American community are demanding an immediate apology
from Seattle Mayor Paul Schell and Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske
for what they call "blatant racial profiling." (note: Visit
to read the apology that was requested.
Japanese ballplayers' recent great success (i.e.
Ichiro, Sasaki and others)
have unleashed the Japanese American interest in baseball.
20 credentialed Japanese journalists following the Mariners
and Suzuki received almost 800,000 more votes than any other
player in either league, his support boosted by Internet balloting.
General Motors Corp., which steadily has lost market
share in the past decade, has set up a team to aggressively
promote its products to women, black, Hispanic and Asian vehicle
buyers in the United States. In
addition, GM has formed the Center of Expertise on Diversity
to "increase GM's understanding of multicultural consumers."
Hu will manage the center's advertising efforts, with Michael
Jackson tapped to meld the team's goals with GM's current
field sales and brand arketing efforts.
FAR FROM FANTASTIC
The results for Final
Fantasy: The Spirits Within were particularly frustrating
for Sony Films given the whopping $5-million opening for the
movie on Wednesday. "That kind of raised expectations," Sony
spokesman Blaise Noto told the Associated Press Sunday, referring
to the mid-week take. Nevertheless, Noto acknowledged, "The
game's got a very strong fan base, and it's fans that tend
to go on the first day."