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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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A Letter from Lisa Ling

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 04 June 2009

Candlelight vigils were held in 9 cities June 3 as American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are in court in North Korea facing charges of "illegal entry" and "hostile acts."
Read tonight's message from Laura Ling's sister, Lisa.

After more than two months of silence hoping that their daughters would be released through diplomatic channels, the Ling and Lee families have now gone public to plead for their daughter' safe return home.

UPDATE June 3, 2009 11pm PST

Message read at all 9 vigils, June 3rd - Trial Day for Laura and Euna:

Statement by Lisa Ling

On behalf of the families of Laura and Euna, I thank you. Words cannot express how moved we are that you have all come out here to support the girls. To the organizers and volunteers of this unbelievable grassroots movementat last count there were 9 vigils happening in cities across the U.S.--we are awed and deeply humbled by your efforts. Some of you we know, many of you we dont, most of you dont even know Laura and Euna. But tonight, we are forever linked.

It is the morning of June 4, in Pyongyang, North Korea. As we stand here tonight, it is entirely possible that my sister Laura and Euna Lee are standing trial in a North Korean courtroom. I know they are scared.

They are being charged with illegal entry and hostile acts. My sister is strong, but there is nothing hostile about her. Euna is the mother of the most angelic 4-year-old daughter, hardly a threatening character.

As many of you may have heard from some of the interviews our families did on Monday, the details of what happened on the day that Laura and Euna were arrested are vague. But I will say with absolute certainty, that when they left U.S. soil, they never intended to cross the border into North Korea. If at any point they did, we are truly sorry and we know the girls are too.

What they set out to do almost three months ago was to tell the world a story: one that will go...

Larry King talks with Lisa Ling and the families of detained U.S. Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Larry King talks with Lisa Ling and the families of detained U.S. journalists held in North Korea.

Embedded video from CNN Video

Nationwide Vigils for Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee Detained in N. Korea

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 01 June 2009

Nationwide Vigils held for Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in court June 4 in N. Korea

Vigils for Asian American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee will be held in cities across the U.S. on Wed., June 3.

The two employees of San Francisco-based Current TV - a media venture founded by former Vice President Al Gore - were arrested March 17 near the North Korean border while reporting on refugees living in China.

Both women, allegedly accused by North Korea of crossing into the country illegally from China and committing "hostile acts," will be tried on criminal charges on June 4th.

The organizers of the vigils hope to help influence a positive outcome for Laura and Euna. Supporters are asked to please bring candles to the vigils.

Vigil Locations

New York, N.Y.
Washington Square Park (The Fountain)
6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Washington, D.C.
Freedom Plaz
14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Chicago, Il.
Chinatown Square Plaza
Cermack and Wentworth Streets
7:30 pm 8:30 pm

Birmingham, Al.
Linn Park (tentatively)
223 Carrington Lane
7:00 pm 10:00 pm

Portland, Or.
South Park Blocks
SW Park Avenue from Salmon Street to Jackson Street
6:30 pm 8:00 pm

San Francisco, Ca.
Front Steps of San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Santa Monica, Ca.
Wokcano
1413 5th Street
7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Sacramento, CA.
L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen / California State Capitol Park
1801 L Street
6:30-8pm

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Recession Turns Homes into Classrooms

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 29 May 2009

Unemployment and the long wait lists for preschool are prompting some Chinese parents, whove traditionally valued education, to turn to a new way to teach and care for their toddlers preschool at home. News feature by New America Media reporter NAMs Vivian Po.

By Reporter Vivian Po, New America Media

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif-- Unemployment and the long wait lists for preschool are prompting some Chinese parents, whove traditionally valued education, to turn to a new way to teach and care for their toddlers: preschool at home.

More and more Chinese parents asked to join the playgroup programs. They want to learn the skills to teach their kids at home, said Suzanne Cheung, a former commissioner of San Francisco's First Five child development program.

Playgroups, for children 6 and under, began in the Chinese community to support inexperienced parents. During these sessions, parents participate in lessons with their kids and learn skills to teach and communicate with them. Free playgroup programs are offered by many organizations, such as the Asian Womens Resource Center and the Asian Perinatal Advocate..

Playgroup has now become a place where parents learn child care and teaching skills. We instruct them on how to read to kids, how to engage children in artwork, we help parents build an in-home preschool environment, said Cheung, who designed the curriculum.

As demand for the playgroups has spiked, Cheung now offers classes twice a week, instead of once, doubling the number of families involved.

So, why are Chinese parents embracing preschool at home? For some, its a hard economic choice.

The line for low-income subsidized preschool with at least 2,500 people on wait lists has lengthened under the current economy. Those wait lists are likely to swell as more parents switch from unsubsidized preschool, which can cost as much as $20,000 per year, to subsidized preschool.

Fewer parents attended meetings...

Chinese Immigrants Lead Call for College Access

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 29 May 2009

OAKLAND, Calif. -- English-language learners have the lowest scores on the California High School Exit Exam and the lowest rates of college attendance in the state. Zhuanyi Deng hopes to change all that.

New America Media Education Editor Carolyn Ji Jong reports.

New America Media, News Report, by Carolyn Ji Jong Goossen, Posted: May 28, 2009

OAKLAND, Calif. -- English-language learners have the lowest scores on the California High School Exit Exam and the lowest rates of college attendance in the state. Zhuanyi Deng hopes to change all that.

Deng is part of a group of Cantonese-speaking low-income students who went to high school largely unaware that they had to take a certain set of courses to be eligible to attend the University of California or California State University. They are determined not to let other students meet the same fate.
Zhuanyi Deng and MuTing Cen, members of Asian Immigrant
Women Advocates youth group, work on their speeches.
She is on her way to a lunchtime meeting with the heads of the English Language Learner program at Oakland Technical High School. Deng and fellow youth group member Jessica Chen are presenting a guide they have developed with other Chinese immigrant youth in Oakland to help English-language learners in the district navigate the A-G series of courses necessary for California high school students to be eligible to enter a public four-year college.

As they walk toward the classroom where the meeting will be held, they speak softly in Cantonese and giggle nervously about their upcoming presentation. Deng, who is in the English Language Development (ELD) program, turns to Chen, who is the regular English stream, and says sheepishly, I only remember the part, Thank you for meeting with us. I cant remember the rest! But when they stand in the front of the teachers and give their presentations, Dengs nervousness seems to disappear. Even though her pronunciation of many...