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Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team

Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and...

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Kim Jong-il has granted a special pardon to detained journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Posted by Lia Chang on Tuesday, 04 August 2009

Kim _jong-il has granted a pardon to detained journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

Today is the day we have all been waiting for, detained journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee have been granted a special pardon by Kim Jong-il, due to the diplomatic tact of Ex-President Bill Clinton's surprise visit to Pyongyang.

American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained in North Korea while on assignment for San Francisco-based Current TV a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore on March 17, while they were shooting video along the China/North Korea border for a story they were working on about the trafficking of women in the region. They were stopped by North Korean border guards and arrested immediately thereafter. Both women were transported to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where they remained under arrest until their trial.

Their verdict in a closed trial was reached on June 8, and both women were sentenced to 12 years of reform through labor for illegal entry and grave crimes against the North Korean state.

Since the sentencing, the families have received calls, and during the second call in July, Laura told her sister Lisa Ling that she and Euna did violate North Korean law and confessed to all of the charges levied against them. They expressed deep regret for their actions and asked for continued support from our country and its citizens for their amnesty.

In a surprise move, ex-President Bill Clinton flew to Pyongyang yesterday in a private humanitarian mission, to secure initiate the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee. At the airport, he was greeted by Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, and Kim Kye Gwan, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs. He subsequently sat down with Kim Jong-il, who has now granted a special pardon to the two American journalists. Thanks Mr. Clinton. We look forward to seeing Laura and Euna soon.

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Ex-President Bill Clinton Visits North Korea Tuesday for Detained Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 03 August 2009

Ex-President Bill Clinton Visits North Korea Tuesday for Detained Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Today marks the 139th day since American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained in North Korea.

On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and and Euna Lee, two employees of San Francisco-based Current TV – a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore, were shooting video along the China/North Korea border for a story they were working on about the trafficking of women in the region. They were stopped by North Korean border guards and arrested immediately thereafter. Both women were transported to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where they remained under arrest until their trial.

A verdict in their closed trial was reached on June 8, and both Laura and Euna were sentenced to 12 years of reform through labor for illegal entry and grave crimes against the North Korean state.

Since the sentencing, the families have received calls, and during the second call in July, Laura told her sister Lisa Ling that she and Euna did violate North Korean law and confessed to all of the charges levied against them. They expressed deep regret for their actions and asked for continued support from our country and its citizens for their amnesty.

An article in today's edition of The Korea Herald reports that Ex-President Clinton is scheduled to visit North Korea on Tuesday to secure the release of detained American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. According to Yonhap News, The Chosun Ilbo, citing an unidentified diplomatic source, reported that Clinton, husband of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was on his way to Pyongyang on a chartered plane. Click here for the full report in The Korea Herald.

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Check out the website www.lauraandeuna.com, created by the families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, to see how you can help to secure amnesty for the...

Asian Americans Strong Environmentalists, Poll Finds

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 13 July 2009

Among California's Asian Americans, 83 percent describe themselves as environmentalists, compared to just 52 percent of all California voters, according to a first-ever poll on the environmental attitudes of Asian-American voters. NAM environmental editor Ngoc Nguyen reports on the surprising findings.

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Editor's Note: Among California's Asian Americans, 83 percent describe themselves as “environmentalists,” compared to just 52 percent of all California voters, according to a first-ever poll on the environmental attitudes of Asian-American voters. NAM environmental editor Ngoc Nguyen reports on the surprising findings.

Asian-American voters in California care about the environment and could swing votes on environmental measures, a new poll has found, bucking conventional wisdom.

The groundbreaking multilingual poll surveyed 1,002 Asian-American voters on their views about environmental issues and compared results to a poll of 564 state voters. Interviews were conducted with Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Asian Indian voters.

“Asian Americans should be paid attention to,” said James Lau, executive director of the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, which commissioned the poll. “They are supportive of a lot of environmental issues.”

Asian Americans made up about 10 percent of California voters in the 2008 elections. If tapped by environmental activists, this fast-growing voting bloc could be a powerful swing vote on environmental policy legislation, advocates say.

Environmental issues are extremely or very important to them personally, said 74 percent of respondents, compared to 66 percent of state voters.

Eighty-three percent of Asian Americans describe themselves as “environmentalists,” while 52 percent of all California voters consider themselves environmentalists. That...

Free Laura Ling and Euna Lee Vigils held in Sacramento, San Francisco, Phoenix, Paris and Washington D.C.

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 09 July 2009

Free Laura Ling and Euna Lee Vigils held in Sacramento, San Francisco, Phoenix, Paris and Washington D.C. on July 9. 2009

Today marks the 114th day since American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained in North Korea.

On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and and Euna Lee, two employees of San Francisco-based Current TV a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore, were shooting video along the China/North Korea border for a story they were working on about the trafficking of women in the region. They were stopped by North Korean border guards and arrested immediately thereafter. Both women were transported to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, where they remained under arrest until their trial.

A verdict in their closed trial was reached on June 8, and both Laura and Euna were sentenced to 12 years of reform through labor for illegal entry and grave crimes against the North Korean state.

Since the sentencing, the families have received calls on a few occasions. During the second call received on the evening of July 7, Laura and Euna reported that they are being treated fairly and are being seen by physicians. In their most recent call, they asked for continued support from our country and its citizens for their amnesty.

Both Laura and Euna communicated to their families that they did violate North Korean law and confessed to all of the charges levied against them. They, along with their families, have expressed deep regret for their actions.

Laura, Euna and their families desperately hope that the U.S. Government and the Government of North Korea can work together to secure their amnesty.
If you live in Sacramento, San Francisco, Phoenix, Paris or Washington D.C., come out to show your support for Laura and Euna tonight, at one of the five vigils being held around the world. Lisa Ling, her sister Lauras husband Iain Clayton, and Euna Lees husband Michael Saldate will speak at the vigil at...

230+ Media Outlets Take Collective Stand Urging Immigration Reform

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 08 July 2009

New America Media, the nation's first and largest collaboration and advocate of ethnic news media has issued the following statement on immigration reform.

AsianConnections.com, and more than 230 other ethnic media outlets have joined forces in supporting New America Media's call for reform.

With the massive audience reach and power of more than 230 media outlet partners, NAM is sending this message to Congress and the White House.

Released by New America Media

Time for immigration Reform is Now

The White House and members of Congress must move quickly on enacting a just and humane immigration reform package that will reunite families, reinvigorate the economy, and remove the term illegal or undocumented immigrants from the dialogue in this country.

Ethnic media, which reaches over 60 million adults in the United States, calls on Congress to move decisively on immigration reform because there are few issues as important to the nation's well-being as an overhaul of the inefficient, inhumane and economically debilitating immigration system.

More importantly, we are also urging our readers and viewers to contact their Senators and Congressmen and let them know that immigration reform must be a national priority.

The immigration system is broken not just for 12 million undocumented immigrants, but also for specialized workers blocked from joining the American economy because of narrow quotas, and mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens who must wait for years before being reunited with their families.

Our nation needs comprehensive immigration policies that will replace a broken system of raids and roundups with one that protects all workers from exploitation, improves America's security and builds strong communities. Its time to end the division between workers, which has allowed big business to exploit both sides.

Clearly, working-class citizens and immigrant workers...