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A national and historic tragedy that affected the Asian
Pacific American and the general public.
English section of the Orange County-based Viet Tide
explores topics shunned by traditional Vietnamese papers such
as abortion, drugs, homosexuality, interracial dating. These
are not issues discussed in most Vietnamese American families.
The English-language section is a medley of opinion columns,
news briefs, poetry and an open discussion forum called "Heart
to Heart," all contained inside the new but more traditional
Vietnamese-language newspaper that features conventional news
stories on politics and national and world events.
Tide is published by the company that also owns Little Saigon
Radio, a longtime fixture in Orange County's Vietnamese American
community and named after the Westminster neighborhood that
serves as its commercial and cultural hub.
GROWING POLITICAL CLOUT
Asian American elected officials statewide have swelled
from 106 in 1980 to 503 in 1998 (compiled by the Public Policy
Institute of California) that didn't include Carol Liu of
La Canada Flintridge and Judy Chu of Monterey Park that (with
Wilma Chan of Oakland and George Nakano of Torrance) formed
California Legislature's largest Asian American caucus ever.
Prominent APA politicians include Joaquin Lim (Walnut city
counilman and heads the 33-member organization of Chinese
American Elected Officials), Lisa Yang, West Covina Mayor
Benjamin Wong, Rep. Mike Honda, Annie Yuen (1st minority person
elected to Arcadia's school board), Arcadia Councilman Sheng
Chang (Arcadia's first elected Asian American), Matthew Lin
(1st minority elected to the San Marino City Council), Monterey
Park Councilman David T. Lau and State Board of Equalization
member John Chiang,
The number of Asian American officeholders remains small:
6% statewide. The number of Asian Americans among registered
voters in California has climbed to 6%--up from 3% a decade
ago--but is still the lowest rate of any ethnic group. But
once registered, they are frequent voters and they have logged
successes at the polls.
Nationwide, the number of elected and appointed officials
in the Asian Pacific American political roster is 2,200, up
from 700 two decades ago.
Population growth is helping to fuel some of these gains.
Asian Americans account for 13% of California's population
and are the state's fastest-growing minority group. It is
a population that has doubled every decade since immigration
restrictions were eased in 1965.
M2SF has developed an episodic television series based
in San Francisco, entitled "Grant Avenue, San Francisco."
Michael Ching, Michael Gene Sullivan,
Samuel Sheng and Feodor Chin of M2SF developed the hour-long
episodic format. Click HERE
and go to message #246 for specific details.
Jacqueline Kong's AAMD presents the "first Asian-American
Sitcom on the Web" that show focuses on the Lee's, a Chinese
American family struggling to survive in the restaurant business.
They own and operate two businesses: The Lotus Garden, your
typical take-out joint that's been serving chicken chow mein
since World War II; and the all new "Okey-Dokey Karaoke Bar,"
their newest get-rich-quick brainstorm, complete with sushi
bar, exotic drinks, and your favorite musical hits. Click
and go to message #245 for specific details and HERE
to view the program.
California, with its large and diverse immigrant population,
has one of the most vibrant ethnic media scenes in the country.
New California Media, a coalition of ethnic publishers and
broadcasters, counts more than 200 publications among its
KoreAm Journal, a 11-year-old English magazine for Korean
American based in Gardena, has been addressing social issues
that frequently have been off-limits in the Korean-language
media. Pan-Asian publications such as A. Magazine and Yolk
have leaned more toward Hollywood than Ho Chi Minh for subject
DISTRICTS HINDERS APA'S
Revised districts in Southern California's San Gabriel
Valley (Monterey Park, Rosemead, Alhambra and San Gabriel)
hinder Asian Pacific American and other ethnic minorities.
Critics say the proposed changes carves up the San Gabriel
Valley and prevents Asian Americans from gaining power.
Important since the Asian American and Pacific Islanders are
the fastest-growing minority in California and constitute
13% of the state's population. There are now four Asian Americans
in the Assembly--a record--but none in the Senate.
Opponents include Kathay Feng (L.A. attorney representing
the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans for Fair Redistricting).
Alan Clayton (demographer for the California Latino Redistricting
Coalition), Joel Szabat (Chinese American CEOs of the Silicon
RAILROAD WORKERS HONORED
On September 5, 2001 - 3000 immigrant were Chinese
laborers honored for their efforts in completing the Southern
Pacific Railroad and San Fernando Tunnel north-south line
125 years ago.
Ceremonies were held at the site of Lang Station, the depot
where thousands celebrated the completion of the line on Sept.
Attendees included March Fong Eu, Irvin Lai, Eugene Moy and
Trade accord is reached when Beijing agrees to a series
of economic changes with the official vote will come in November.
The final issue holding up the deal was a dispute between
the U.S. and Europeans over entry to China's insurance market.
To join the WTO, China has agreed to a formidable set of painful
economic changes that will require the closure of thousands
of state-owned firms and create new competition for its beleaguered
farmers. Those measures include the lowering of tariffs, the
opening of its financial markets and the end of government
support for its heavily indebted state-owned sector. Specifics
of the agreement were not released.
As a WTO member, China will be forced to strengthen its legal
system and abide by international rules protecting intellectual
property. For the first time, foreigners will be allowed to
get involved in lucrative areas such as trading and trucking
that have been reserved for Chinese government firms. They
also will be allowed to own as much as 50% of telecom companies.