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In the U.S.: Thai workers may have been lured into slavery

In NEWSPRINT on September 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Thai farmworkers protested in front of the Wat Thai Buddhist temple in Sun Valley on Sept. 8. Their representative spoke on what federal authorities call the largest labor-trafficking case in U.S. history.

A federal grand jury in Honolulu indicted Mordechai Orian, president of Global Horizons Manpower Inc. and five of his associates for labor coercion of about 400 Thai farm workers.

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Breaking the Silence – Speaking out about mental health and its effects on the community

In Health, NEWSPRINT on May 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm

For many, college is a difficult time – moving away from home, making new friends, and struggling to stay on top of academics can be challenges for even the most unfazed individuals. However, for some, college isn’t just difficult – it’s unbearable.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the third highest cause of death among the 15-to-24 age group in America. Recent studies have also shown that API students in particular are at high risk. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that APIs are more likely to commit suicide than the average American.

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For the Love of Education – Why the DREAM Act Matters for Students

In Monologue/Dialogue on May 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

As a second generation Vietnamese American who came to America as a baby, I was considered an “illegal alien” until I was 12 years old. All my older siblings had reached age 18 and were able to acquire citizenship through tests, and my younger brother had been born in the U.S. It was just me and my parents left in limbo without citizenship. As a young child, I remember not really understanding why becoming a citizen was so urgent. At the age of 12, I felt naively excited at the thought of changing my name and becoming more “American” in the citizenship process.

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True Music Comes from Outside the Line

In NEWSPRINT on March 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm

One of them is writing an essay for class about how “music is society’s opiate,” and wants to use her soon-to-come psychology degree to teach kids in high school. The other is taking school exams in between performance gigs in venues like Las Vegas electronics shows, and is almost as happy working on international relations for model UN in anticipation of a possible overseas career.

They are Clara C. and Jason Yang, two musicians looking for affirmation of what they usually do outside of school for fun: playing and singing their hearts out to create the sound. They are two competitors performing at Kollaboration 10, an Asian American empowerment through entertainment event, where they may get further affirmation that what they are doing is worth everything.

Clara C. is a Korean American singer raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up playing the drums in church, considering majoring in flute, becoming an expert in guitar, and even hitting the glockenspiel. All these instruments are heard in Clara’s YouTube videos like “Hallelujah,” “Fireflies,” and “Misery Business,” but perhaps her most wonderful performance so far is the original “Fool’s Gold,” where she plays chords on the keyboard while intoning an intoxicating voice singing “all I could wring from our love was this song.”

“It was a love-hate thing with the piano,” said Clara. “At first I loved it, and then I realized I had to work hard and I hated it, then quit it; I must have quit it like 18 times, but stuck with it for five or seven years.”

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