Ethnic Media: Immigration Reform Missing at GOP Convention

New America Media, News Report, NAM staff, Posted: Aug 31, 2012

As the Republication National Convention concludes, ethnic media journalists and commentators weigh in on what they were tracking during the confab.




In U.S. Politics, Where Are the Interracial Couples?

The Root, News Report, Keli Goff, Posted: Aug 31, 2012

Interracial marriage in the U.S is on the rise, but not when it comes to our elected officials.




Higher Ed. Closed to Filipinos in Hong Kong

New America Media, News Feature, Rochelle Riva Bargo, Posted: Aug 31, 2012

The college-age children of migrant workers in Hong Kong face language barriers as they seek a higher education.




Lost Decades: Longevity Gap Widening for Blacks, Latinos, Less Educated

New America Media, News Report, Paul Kleyman, Posted: Aug 31, 2012

Minorities and those with low educations live about a decade less than well-educated whites, says a new study, and medical advances can’t close the gap alone.




Years Later, Human Trafficking Survivors at Risk of Re-Exploitation

New America Media/SF Public Press, News Report, Ambika Kandasamy, Posted: Aug 30, 2012

Many survivors of labor trafficking end up working in low-wage jobs, often in the same industries they were trafficked in.




Atrocity in Syria and the Globalization of Callous Disregard

New America Media, News Analysis, Behrouz Saba, Posted: Aug 30, 2012

Despite global connectivity, violence continues in Syria while the U.S. maintains a wait-and-see approach.




Rising Seas: How Climate Change Drives Sea Rise

New America Media, Video, Claire Schoen and Jan Stürman, Posted: Aug 30, 2012

Sea level rise is an effect of global climate change. The result: more and more flooding for cities like San Francisco.




At Affluent Suburban High School, Still Waiting for a Healthy Meal

New America Media, First Person, Caie Kelley, Posted: Aug 29, 2012

Unappetizing food options and long lines make school lunches at one suburban Bay Area high school something to be avoided.




VA Wait Times for Benefits Decisions Vary by Location

Center for Investigative Reporting, News Report, Aaron Glantz, Posted: Aug 29, 2012

An analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that veterans in sparsely populated states often encounter quick resolution of their compensation claims, while those in metropolitan areas languish.




In Sacto. Schools, Heroes in the Kitchen

New America Media, Video, Peter Schurmann, Posted: Aug 28, 2012

Students say they're running for the cafeteria in Sacramento, where recent innovations offer kids nutritious meals that taste great.




A Roadmap to the Future of Juvenile Justice

New America Media, Commentary, David Muhammad, Posted: Aug 28, 2012

Jurisdictions across the country are transforming their juvenile justice systems into effective and truly rehabilitative programs.




The Pain of Farmwork -- Teenager Describes Life in Fields From Age 7

New America Media, First Person, David Bacon, Posted: Aug 27, 2012

A recent high-school graduate, Javier Mondar-Flores Lopez has worked in the fields since he was in elementary school.




Many Youth Defer Applying for Deferred Deportation Program Until After Election

New America Media, News Report, Anthony Advincula, Posted: Aug 27, 2012

While many undocumented youth signed up for President Obama’s program deferring their deportation, others are awaiting the election results.




The GOP's Rainbow Coalition

The Root, Commentary, Mary C. Curtis, Posted: Aug 26, 2012

The RNC's speakers are racially diverse, but don't expect the audience to reflect the lineup.




Ecologists Protest Slaughter of Birds That Can Fly Through Hurricanes

American Bird Conservancy , Commentary, Robert Johns, Posted: Aug 26, 2012

Ecologists say amazing shorebirds brave hurricanes, using storm power to “slingshot” through—only to be shot by unregulated Caribbean hunters.




From Tijuana, Ex Dreamer Calls for Immigration Reform

El Nuevo Sol, Profile, Jacqueline Guzmán-Garcia, Translated by Elena Shore, Posted: Aug 25, 2012

The president’s deferred action plan for undocumented youth came too late for one deported honors graduate who wrote a letter to Obama.




It’s Just Drugs, Not Sex: Why Armstrong Still Lives Strong

First Post, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Posted: Aug 25, 2012

News that Lance Armstrong will stop fighting doping charges has moved Sandip Roy to ask if we’re becoming inured to cheating.




Texas 'Border' Checkpoints Deter Noncitizens Seeking Second-Trimester Abortions

New America Media/The Texas Tribune, News Report, Thanh Tan, Posted: Aug 24, 2012

To get to the nearest abortion clinic, women in Texas' Rio Grande Valley who are in their second trimester have to cross an immigration checkpoint.




Study: Common Pesticide Seems to Harm Boys’ Brains More Than Girls

Environmental Health News , News Report, Brett Israel , Posted: Aug 24, 2012

Pesticides lower boys IQs more than girls’, even in New York City, says a new study. Black and Latino children are specially affected.




Waste More, Want More: America Throws Out Good Food

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Posted: Aug 24, 2012

A new study on Americans’ huge waste of food stirs author Andrew Lam’s memories of his family dumpster-diving for food as refugees from Vietnam.




Romney’s Policy on Latin America: Not Much to Look At

Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Op-ed, Veronica Salas, Posted: Aug 23, 2012

Mitt Romney's lean statements on Latin America suggest a view both out of focus and out of touch with events in the region.




Will Calif. Privatize Its Parks? China Camp Marks Major Change

New America Media, News Feature, Jonah Most, Posted: Aug 23, 2012

China Camp is among 42 state parks now funded by local groups to keep them from closing. Some worry that the arrangements may lead to privatizing them.




Healthier Meals Await Oakland Students Returning to School

New America Media, Video, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 22, 2012

Oakland Unified School District has been changing the landscape in a number of its school cafeterias to check the epidemic of obesity among school kids.




What is PepsiCo Buying With Donations to Communities of Color?

Berkeley Media Studies Group, Commentary, Fernando Quintero, Posted: Aug 22, 2012

Taking a page from big tobacco, PepsiCo is looking to build ties with communities of color, while shirking blame for the obesity epidemic.




Poll: California Ethnic Voters Solidly Support Health Reform

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 21, 2012

Big majorities of California blacks, Koreans and Latinos support the health reform law, says a new Field Poll.




Dump Biden Talk, Just That: Talk

New America Media, Op-ed, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Posted: Aug 21, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden's verbal gaffes are in fact well-scripted political set pieces carefully designed to convey Obama's policy stance.




Prop. 34 Would End Calif. Death Penalty

New America Media, News Report, Rene Ciria-Cruz, Posted: Aug 21, 2012

A report that the death penalty cost California $4 billion, plus increasing exonerations have built support in the fall election to end executions.




Arizona Denies Dreamers GED Classes to Block Deferred-Action

New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernández, Posted: Aug 20, 2012

Anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona is creating hurdles for undocumented youth wishing to enroll in the new federal “deferred action” program.




Vouchers No Quick Fix for Disabled Students in Louisiana

New America Media, News Report, Zoe Sullivan, Posted: Aug 20, 2012

Louisiana's school voucher program, meant to give low-income families greater choice, leaves fewer options for students with disabilities.




In Assange Asylum, A Stand Against Neo-colonialist Policies

New America Media, News Analysis, Roger Burbach & Marc Becker, Posted: Aug 20, 2012

Ecuador is taking a dramatic stand against Great Britain, Sweden and the United States by granting political asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.




Caravan for Peace: Mexicans Plead for Solidarity to End War on Drugs

New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernández, Posted: Aug 19, 2012

This is the third caravan lead by poet Javier Sicilia, since his son Juan Francisco was killed with six of his friends.




YouTube's YOMYOMF Network to Draw Asian American Audience

Koream Journal, News Report, Eugene Yi, Posted: Aug 19, 2012

The new YOMYOMF network on YouTube has the potential to cash in on the Asian American audience, while bringing together two generations of Asian American artists.




U.S. Should Make “LifeLong Homes” A Priority, Says Henry Cisneros

Kaiser Health News , Question & Answer, Judith Graham, Posted: Aug 19, 2012

Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros describes coming from a Norman Rockwell family with brown faces. Now his Mom is elderly. How can she age at home?




Hirono, Hanabusa to Face Republican Rivals in Hawaii

Rafu Shimpo, News Report, Posted: Aug 18, 2012

As a result of the Aug. 11 primary, Rep. Mazie Hirono and former Gov. Linda Lingle will once again face off in an election for a top political office in Hawaii.




Solitary Confinement: Torture Chambers for Black Revolutionaries

Al Jazeera, News Report, Kanya D’Almeida and Bret Grote, Posted: Aug 18, 2012

An estimated 80,000 men, women and even children are being held in solitary confinement on any given day in U.S. prisons.




PA Judge Lets Voter Photo-ID Law Stand

New America Media, News Report, Khalil Abdullah, Posted: Aug 17, 2012

A Pennsylvania judge ruled that the photo-voter ID law enacted in March does not violate his state’s constitution.




Entering the Ring With MMA Superstar Benson Henderson

Koream Journal, News Feature, Eugene Yi, Posted: Aug 17, 2012

Benson “Smooth” Henderson wants to be the greatest fighter ever. He’s already on his way.




Brewer's Order Will Bar Dreamers, Many Others, From State Benefits (UPDATED)

New America Media, News Report, Valeria Fernandez, Posted: Aug 17, 2012

On the very day many immigrants became eligible for federal "deferred action," Arizona's governor issued an order to deny them state benefits.




Mitt Romney’s Southern Strategy Gambit

New America Media, News Analysis, Earl Ofari Hutchinson , Posted: Aug 16, 2012

Romney, like Reagan, rip a page directly from the time tested Southern Strategy playbook of Nixon for GOP presidential candidates.




Economy Continues Recovery - But Not for Blacks

Louisiana Weekly, News Report, Freddie Allen, Posted: Aug 16, 2012

When it comes to the Black unemployment rate, it doesn’t matter who you ask – the numbers are dismal.




Ask Angy, America’s First Undocumented Youth Advice Column

New America Media, Question & Answer, Posted: Aug 16, 2012

Ask Angy became the first advice column for undocumented youth. Undocumented herself, Angy's a student at CUNY college.




The Rising Tide -- Environmental Refugees

New America Media, News Analysis, Andrew Lam, Posted: Aug 15, 2012

Being displaced by natural disasters may very well become the central epic of the 21st century.




HIV & Me: Growing Up with a Secret

The Know/New America Media, Commentary, Michael Erikson, Posted: Aug 15, 2012

The author, who is HIV positive, deals with the effect of the virus every day alone, but found support and friends at Camp Kindle.




State Laws Vary Widely on Voting Rights for Felons

News 21, News Report, Maryann Batlle and Carl Straumsheim, Posted: Aug 14, 2012

A convicted felon in Maine can vote from prison while a felon in Florida may never vote again, illustrating dramatically different state rules.




Fresno's Efforts to Address High Number of School Dropouts

The Know/New America Media, Video, Miguel Bibanco/Video by Anna Jacobsen, Posted: Aug 14, 2012

California’s fourth largest school district, Fresno Unified, has begun to address its high number of school dropouts.




Temple Killings: A Teachable Moment for Sikh Youth

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 14, 2012

Sikh youth say the tragic events at Oak Creek earlier this month have only strengthened their sense of community and identity.




In Prison, Women Inmates Forge Ties That Bind

New America Media, News Feature, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 13, 2012

Women behind bars, unlike men, often form relationships that last well beyond their incarceration.




Could Romney-Ryan Split the Boomer Vote? What Obama Needs to Do

New America Media, News Analysis, Paul Kleyman, Posted: Aug 13, 2012

For the Obama campaign, Mitt Romney’s VP choice of budget radical Paul Ryan should unify, not split, baby boomers on protecting entitlements for all.




Talk of HIV/AIDS Still Taboo for Koreans, Here and Abroad

New America Media, News Report, Peter Schurmann, Posted: Aug 13, 2012

Many Koreans are reluctant to discuss HIV/AIDS, and their reticence may be obscuring the data on infection rates in their communities.




Looking to Mexico for an Alternative to Abortion Clinics

New America Media/The Texas Tribune, News Report, Thanh Tan, Posted: Aug 12, 2012

As Texas makes cuts to family planning services for low-income women, some women are crossing into Mexico to buy a drug reputed to cause abortion.




Concern Over Tainted Candy Grows Within Chinese Community

New America Media, News Report, Summer Chiang, Carina Hui, Posted: Aug 12, 2012

A popular Taiwanese candy was recently recalled, but consumer watchdogs say the tainted sweets are just the tip of the iceberg.




VP Ryan -- A Nightmare for The Poor And Minorities

New America Media, Commentary, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Posted: Aug 11, 2012

The announcement today that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is on Mitt Romney's presidential ticket is a nightmare because it will likely further widen the income disparities between America's rich and poor.




Will Chevron Ever Come Clean?

Sierraclub.org, First Person, Michael Brune , Posted: Aug 11, 2012

For thousands of people in the San Francisco Bay Area communities of Richmond, North Richmond, San Pablo, and El Cerrito, last Monday was a night of terror as explosions and a massive fire shook Chevron's giant refinery in their neighborhood.




Something About Mary

Firstpost.com, Commentary, Sandip Roy , Posted: Aug 11, 2012

India has seized on the boxer Mary Kom story with enormous relief because there is guilt about the fact that most of us don’t even know where her state, which is largely viewed by New Delhi as a stepchild, is. In her pluck, we find a feel-good story that lets us off the hook.




What the Bronze Medal Means for Afghanistan

New America Media, First Person, Fariba Nawa , Posted: Aug 10, 2012

In a year filled with suicide bombings, school poisonings and kidnappings, including the killing of three U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan today, Rohullah Nikpah winning a bronze in taekwondo feels like winning gold to war-weary Afghans.




Long Invisible, Domestic Workers in CA Are Stepping Out of the Shadows

New America Media, Video, Cliff Parker, Jacob Simas // Op-ed: Robert Rooks, NAACP, Posted: Aug 10, 2012

Since 1938, domestic workers have been excluded from federal labor protections. Now, a worker-led movement is demanding justice.




The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Olympics 2012

New America Media, News Analysis, Hannah Palmer, Posted: Aug 10, 2012

As in previous games, this summer Olympics had its share of the good, the bad and the ugly. But new ground was broken at these games, especially in the area of gender.




NYC Bus Ads Are Latest Salvo in Pamela Geller’s Jihad

New America Media, News Analysis, Sadia Ahsanuddin , Posted: Aug 10, 2012

Bus ads placed by Geller's organization promote a dangerous narrative, one pitting "savage" Muslims against a "civilized" West.




Assam Riots: No End in Sight to Refugee Misery

New America Media, News Report, Sandip Roy , Posted: Aug 09, 2012

While much of India was enveloped in darkness last week, people in the north-eastern state of Assam were dealing with a more violent calamity.




Hunger Wars: Heat, Drought, Rising Food Costs Portend Global Unrest

TomDispatch, News Report, Michael T. Klare, Posted: Aug 09, 2012

If history is any guide, a global rise in food prices, brought on by drought, will lead to widespread social unrest and violent conflict.




This is My Rifle, This is My Gun...

diacritics.org, News Analysis, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Posted: Aug 08, 2012

The massacre of Sikhs in Wisconsin is the culmination of a complex history of Orientalism blended with historical/cultural urges towards white supremacy.




Curiosity for Life on Mars: Our Place is in Space

New America Media, News Analysis, Andrew Lam, Posted: Aug 08, 2012

Recent discoveries and the exploration of Mars suggest that humanity is entering a post-global age.




Survey: CA’s Ethnic Minorities Want State to Act Now on Global Warming

New America Media, News Report, Rene Ciria-Cruz, Posted: Aug 08, 2012

A California survey shows Latinos and blacks are eager for government to enact global warming and greenhouse gas reduction laws.




N*GG*R PLEASE: A Call to Action for All

New America Media, Commentary, Trevor Baldwin, Posted: Aug 07, 2012

James Baldwin wrote that the N-word was an American invention. Now his nephew is calling for a year of refraining from use of the word.




Mexico’s President-Elect Signals “Internationalization” of Drug War

New America Media, News Report, Louis Nevaer, Posted: Aug 06, 2012

Mexico's president-elect is preparing the country for a major escalation in its ongoing drug war.




Ban The Box: Ex-Prisoners Fight for Reentry Rights

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 06, 2012

California lawmakers are among those pushing for an end to the practice of arbitrarily denying employment and housing to former felons.




Vietnamese Communist Party's Patriotism Called Into Question

New America Media, Commentary, Hao-Nhien Q. Vu , Posted: Aug 06, 2012

This week’s trial in Vietnam of three dissidents for propaganda against the state is prompting many to question whether the Communist Party is caving in to China.




7 Killed, 3 Critically Injured in Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting

India-West, News Report, Sunita Sohrabji, Posted: Aug 05, 2012

An unidentified gunman walked into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., this morning while the service was in progress and shot and killed six members of the congregation and critically wounded three others. He was killed by a policeman.




Heritage Cuisines, Indigenous Practices Address Native American Health Traumas

Indian Country Today , News Feature, Devon G. Peña, Posted: Aug 05, 2012

Elder-youth programs promoting heritage foods and traditional agro-ecology practices show Native Americans how to beat modern maladies like diabetes.




Beefed Up Border Patrol Devastates Northern Community

Equal Voice News, News Report, Kathy Mulady, Posted: Aug 04, 2012

Though 200 miles from Canada and 1,300 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, Forks has turned into an unlikely immigration battleground.




Pennsylvania Voter Photo-ID Law a Poll Tax, Senator Charges

New America Media, News Report, Khalil Abdullah, Posted: Aug 03, 2012

Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes (D) was among those who spoke at a NAM teleconference on the state's voter ID law.




No Room for Romney's 'Anglo-Saxon' Politics

The Root, Commentary, Farai Chideya, Posted: Aug 03, 2012

Mitt Romney denies an aide criticized President Obama for ignoring America's "Anglo-Saxon heritage." But Romney often fails to see diversity in U.S. roots.




Will Vietnam Legalize Gay Marriage?

New America Media, Question & Answer, Andrew Lam, Posted: Aug 03, 2012

Vietnam holds its first gay-pride parade August 5, and there’s buzz that the country will legalize same-sex marriage. But Hanoi’s Nguyen Qui Duc is skeptical.




At Central Valley School, A Recipe for Success

New America Media, News Report, Stephanie Espinoza, Posted: Aug 02, 2012

Overcoming the odds, including an overwhelmingly low-income student body, one Central Valley school has achieved stellar results.




California Students Harvest Education in Grape Fields

New America Media/Coachella Unincorporated, News Feature, Alejandra Alarcon, Posted: Aug 02, 2012

Students always earn for college through summer jobs, but many in California pick produce for long, hot hours also to help their families get by.




Pursuing Careers Outdoors in an Online Age

New America Media, News Report, Jonah Most, Posted: Aug 01, 2012

Choosing to pursue work outdoors, some young adults today in Northern California are defying expectations.




Baltimore Mayor Leads Suit Against Banks That May Have Cost Cities Billions

The Root, News Report, Edmund Newton , Posted: Aug 01, 2012

Baltimore is leading a lawsuit against banks that manipulated the LIBOR interest rate, possibly costing cities billions, causing them to close vital services.