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Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team - on Friday, 06 January 2012

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 cultural offerings, known as "Hallyu" or the "Korean Wave" feels more like a tidal wave in some...

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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...

Students Graduate from Green Job Training

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 05 July 2009

by Sing Tao Daily - New America Media

June 29, 2009

OAKLAND -

The City of Oakland first green job training commencement was held at Laney College on Monday. The Sing Tao Daily reports 38 graduates from different ethnic groups said, We are ready to the millions of green job opportunities that President Obama had promised.

All the graduates had been previously laid off. They learned how to install solar panels; fix wind power electricity generators; produce bio-fuel and took other classes on recyclable energy resources in the 12-week training program.

According to the American Solar Energy Society, there will be 16-37 million green jobs available to people being laid off by 2030.

by Sing Tao Daily - New America Media

June 29, 2009

OAKLAND -

The City of Oakland first green job training commencement was held at Laney College on Monday. The Sing Tao Daily reports 38 graduates from different ethnic groups said, We are ready to the millions of green job opportunities that President Obama had promised.

All the graduates had been previously laid off. They learned how to install solar panels; fix wind power electricity generators; produce bio-fuel and took other classes on recyclable energy resources in the 12-week training program.

According to the American Solar Energy Society, there will be 16-37 million green jobs available to people being laid off by 2030.

Related:

AsianConnections.com is a proud member of NewAmericaMedia.org the nation's largest consortium of ethnic media outlets. More than 51 million ethnic adults connect to each other, to home countries and to America through ethnic media, the fastest growing sector of American journalism.

In the Memory of Injustice

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 10 June 2009

St. Paul, Minnesota -

On July 22, 2006, 19 year old Fong Lee was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer.

On May 28, 2009 a Federal jury ruled that Officer Jason Andersen did not use excessive force when he shot and killed Lee, ruling against Fong Lee's family's wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis. Lee's family asserts that Fong was unarmed and running away on foot from the police officer.

Elvis Thao, a member of the Hmong community in Minnesota, and actor, hip-hop performer and musician in Clint Eastwood's award-winning 2008 movie Gran Torino, contributes this poem in tribute to Fong Lee.

St. Paul, Minnesota -

On July 22, 2006, 19 year old Fong Lee was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer.

On May 28, 2009 a Federal jury ruled that Officer Jason Andersen did not use excessive force when he shot and killed Lee, ruling against Fong Lee's family's wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis.

Elvis Thao, a member of the Hmong community in Minnesota, and actor, performer and musician in Clint Eastwood's award-winning 2008 movie Gran Torino, contributes this poem in tribute to Fong Lee.

"In the Memory of Injustice" is written and performed by Tou SaiKo Lee ft. Xaiesque and Proto-J

The Verdict:

News story by Brandt Williams Minnesota Public Radio.

The Case:

News story by Rochelle Olson Star Tribune

The poetry is accompanied by music, however we are only able to reprint the text-only version here:

In the Memory of Injustice

In the Memory of Injustice
In the Memory of Fong Lee,
In the memory of all victims of police brutality,
In the memory of a tragedy translated to travesty
In the memory of a planted gun, conspiracies and sons lost
under the
sun,
The Videotape was lost and they thought it was all done. They
were
wrong:
3 shots running away. 5 shots on...

North Korea Sentences Laura Ling and Euna Lee to 12 Years in Prison

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 07 June 2009

The Obama administration is working "through all possible channels" to win the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in North Korea.

UPDATES June 8, 2009 -

US working all possible channels to win the release journalists in North Korea

The real question as reported by Christian Science Monitor correspondent Don Kirk, is whether the North would be willing to talk further about their fates in a period of worsening confrontation between North Korea and the United States and between North and South Korea.

June 7, 2009 -

Associated Press reports North Korea's Central Court sentenced the women to 12 years of reform through labor.

Images from the Los Angeles Vigil for Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Photos courtesy Natasha Bishop.

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 04 June 2009

Images from the Los Angeles candlelight vigil for Laura Ling and Euna Lee.
Photos courtesy Natasha Bishop.