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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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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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WANTED: Asian Bone Marrow Donors

In Health, NEWSPRINT, UCLA Events on November 9, 2009 at 2:43 am

Who has spare time? Heck, go ahead and squeeze this into your schedule: Lambda Phi Epsilon is collaborating with Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches in holding a bone marrow drive. Minorities, especially Asian Americans, are highly encouraged to sign up because of the lack of registrars. Bone marrow matches greatly depend on ethnicity. Thousands of patients diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases rely on these bone marrow transplants. All they need is to swap your saliva with a cotton swab, fill out some paperwork there, and you will be registered under their system.

UCLA alumni Matthew Nguyen was able to find a match when cooperating with Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches last quarter. He is now recovering after the recent transplant.

Now it is Janet Liang’s turn to find her match, who was diagnosed with leukemia this August. She is a fifth-year International Developmental Studies student currently going through chemotherapy that might last only up until May. Her family has been assisting this week’s bone marrow drive in hopes of finding a matching donor soon and to increase possible future donors for other patients.

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Oakland City Council considers moratorium on nail salons

In NEWSPRINT on November 4, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Oakland city council has decided to consider regulation on nail salons and possibly a moratorium on these businesses in the city. Most of the nail salons employ Vietnamese immigrants who would be severely affected economically by a moratorium. The city’s business leaders stated a high concentration of one kind of business can be fatal for a neighborhood and there are also worries about health and safety hazards at nail salons.

Vice Mayor Ignacio De La Fuente states, “Right now we have absolutely no controls or regulations over nail salons, which have proliferated and, I think, become a problem. I wouldn’t be surprised if Oakland has 1,000 of them.” Pamela Drake, director of the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, adds “A neighborhood shopping district only works if it serves the neighborhood. A proliferation of nail salons is not serving the neighborhood.

The city also wants to crackdown on health and safety hazards as workers often suffer from respiratory and reproductive problems because of the toxic chemicals in nail polish, polish remover and cleaning supplies. Meanwhile, the nail salon owners want to assist with the writing of regulations that would be implemented. They hope the new rules are not too burdensome and that Vietnamese immigrant workers are adequately informed.

Dana Paredes, organizing director of Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, reminds us that “Nail salons are the cornerstone of the Vietnamese community. People are already feeling pinched by the economy. Workers don’t want to have to choose between their health and a paycheck.”

A customer of the nail salons, Michelle Robinson, tells the San Francisco Chronicle, “It’s tranquil. It’s relaxing. And they work with integrity. There’s so much competition, they’ve raised the bar. Why would you go anywhere else? It’s not the same. You’re wasting your money.” For now, the nail salons will continue their business as the issue has been referred to the Planning Commission and will return to the council in a few months.

by Tran Le

Charges dropped against Hmong community leader

In NEWSPRINT on November 3, 2009 at 1:27 am

Charges dropped against Hmong community leader Vang Pao in connection with alleged plot to overthrow the government of Laos

Federal prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against prominent Hmong community leader Vang Pao. The original charges were from the summer of 2007 relating to a plot to violent overthrow the government of Laos.

Arrests were conducted when it was claimed many of the defendants had immediate plans to travel to Thailand to execute the plot against the communist regime. As charges against Vang Pao have been dropped, two new defendants have been charged in a new indictment. The twelve other defendants named in the new indictment are charged with violating the Neutrality Act and scheming to overthrow a government at peace with the United States.

In each court appearance Pao made, supporters rallied outside the federal courthouse in Sacramento. There was much protest from the Hmong community, Vietnam War veterans, and some members of Congress over Pao’s indictment. An editorial in the New York Sun states that “it is hard to recall a prosecution as misguided as that which was brought against the general whose army, in league with the Central Intelligence Agency, played a heroic role in the fight against the communists during the long war in Indochina.”

When Vang Pao was originally arrested, the Sun wrote, “He is a freedom fighter who will tower over any courtroom into which he is brought.” There is substantial support for Vang Pao as shown by the thousands of Hmong who came out in numbers across the country from Sacramento to Minnesota. In an LA Times article Vang Pao’s youngest son stated “His supporters can’t wait to see him to celebrate this momentous occasion.”

by: Tran Le

Asian Americans Heading to the Polls

In NEWSPRINT on November 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm

I’ve been on a mission to get people to register to vote recently. In the midst of wrapping up my mission, I read a short article on Asian American’s and voting. With a rapidly growing population, it only makes sense that more Asian Americans are heading to the polls. In fact, according to a recent LA Times article the Asian American voter turnout rate went up by 39% in last year’s presidential election. Bye bye apathy. Hello civic engagement. Naysayers of Asian Americans’ political involvement can move aside. Asian Americans are a political force to be reckoned with and we do have the power to rock the vote to make a political statement.

by: Shirley Chau

Hungry adventurer ready to travel to her next destination.

7 Arrested in Stabbing at Fraternity Party

In NEWSPRINT on October 22, 2009 at 12:02 am

After finding  an apartment complex on Midvale Avenue, the brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon at UCLA decided to host a housewarming party on September 22nd that would dually serve as a recruitment mixer for new members.

The party took a turn that night. Three students and four non-students were arrested in the early morning hours after a call was made, reporting assault involving a lethal weapon. A fight had broken out, leaving one student stabbed in the abdomen, another in the arm, and a third student hit over the head with a bottle.

The four non-students were charged with attempted murder and aggravated mayhem and one student was charged for being an accessory to aggravated mayhem. All five were also charged with added gang enhancements. Police had found evidence of the suspects having gang affiliations, although the fight was not believed to have been gang related. All suspects were declared ‘uninvited’ guests at the fraternity party.

The other two students found in connection with the fight and stabbings were released from custody in early October, after the district attorney’s office declined to file any charges against them.

Lambda Phi Epsilon is just one chapter apart of a nationwide fraternity that has a history of problems, one involving the Irvine chapter that was disbanded in 2007 for a hazing ritual that left a student dead. With recent events, this history further burdens Lambda Phi Epsilon with bad publicity, despite the suspects being uninvited and uninvolved with the fraternity, impairing the number of attendance at rush events.

According to a Los Angeles Times article, Robert Naples, associate vice chancellor and dean of students, announced that UCLA officials are still investigating to see if the fraternity, already on suspension from a past incident of another fight, defied any additional campus policies. Currently, no disciplinary actions have been taken yet.

by: Huong Pham

Nom Nom Truck Hits L.A.

In Culture, Features, NEWSPRINT on August 27, 2009 at 3:38 am

Do you like vietnamese sandwiches? Does the combination of meat and cilantro atop crispy French bread make your taste buds salivate? Well, you’re in luck because the Nom Nom truck has recently launched in L.A.! Move over Kogi BBQ, because you’ve got competition!

From their web-site:

Nom Nom truck is a mobile food truck that will serve “Banh Mi”, or Vietnamese Sandwiches, and other Vietnamese-inspired dishes to West Los Angeles and the greater Los Angeles area.  We plan to launch our truck some time this August, so keep your eye out for us!  To follow our progress on preparing for our August launch, please keep coming to our Web site, www.nomnomtruck.com for updates, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Mmm, banh mi...

Mmm, banh mi...

The nom nom logo

The nom nom logo

For more information (you know you want some): visit their website

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-posted by Shirley Mak

Webb negotiates, releases imprisoned American in Burma

In NEWSPRINT on August 17, 2009 at 11:06 pm
Webb and Gen. Than Shwe discussed on Saturday despite the general's renown reclusion (LA Times)

Webb and Gen. Than Shwe discussed on Saturday despite the general's renown reclusion (LA Times)

On Saturday, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb won the release of an American prison inmate in Myanmar after talking with reclusive leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

After swimming across a lake to Suu Kyi’s villa in May, Missouri resident John Yettaw, 53, was arrested in May. Yettaw was sentenced to seven years in prison, including four years of hard labor.

Webb visited Yangon after a military court ruled that Suu Kyi was guilty of violating the terms of her house arrest by housing the uninvited American. Yettaw returned to the United States on a military plane.

Webb is a Vietnam veteran and former secretary of the Navy; he currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s East Asian and Pacific affairs subcommittee. While some view Webb as leading negotiations and political reforms with Burmese military junta, others are skeptic as to the hidden cost of Yettaw’s freedom.