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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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Los Angeles Chapter ASCEND Conference Highlights

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 29 May 2009

Members of the Asian American business, accounting and finance community gathered in Los Angeles to rethink how they will do business in the future.

This is their second annual event since the founding last year of the LA Chapter of ASCEND, a non-profit organization which has ten professional chapters, 16 student chapters and more than 4,500 members nationally.

On May 20, 2008, the Los Angeles Metro Chapter of Ascend, whose aim is to be the premier professional association for enhancing the presence and influence of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the finance, accounting and business related professions, celebrated their 2nd annual event commemorating the launch of this local chapter last year.

Renowned actor and producer Ming Lo, appearing in Hollywood hits like Million Dollar Baby and Jarhead, emceed the event for the more than 200 guests and VIP's of the Asian American business community.

Co-Keynote speaker, the honorable Carol Liu, California State Senator, gave an insightful interpretation of the recent election results where Californians voted against all but one of the proposed propositions on the ballot noting that "Californians have spoken. Yesterday's election was a wake up call to government. It needs to revamp the ways of doing things in the state. The taxpayers have said [California's government] needs to make due with what [they] currently have, just like Californians have to do everyday." She also noted that going forward, governments need to "return to their core functions" and shift programs from state to local governments, adding that California's "businesses need to lead us out" of these troubling economic times.

The events other Co-Keynote speaker, Marina Tse, Executive Board Member of the National Committee on Job Corps, U.S. Department of Labor, encouraged the audience to note that during difficult economic times, you should strive to properly "position yourself" to be ready to take advantage of the...

The Climate Gap - Poor, Minorities Hardest Hit by Climate Change

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 29 May 2009

People who live in neighborhoods with dirtier air and water - usually low-income and ethnic minorities -- will bear the brunt of climate change, according to a report released today.

Climate change will increase pollution, harm public health, raise the costs of food, energy and water, and result in job losses, with the greatest burden falling on communities of color and the poor, the study found.

The Climate Gap -- Poor, Minorities Hardest Hit by Climate Change

New America Media, News Report, Ngoc Nguyen

People who live in neighborhoods with dirtier air and water - usually low-income and ethnic minorities -- will bear the brunt of climate change, according to a report released today.

Climate change will increase pollution, harm public health, raise the costs of food, energy and water, and result in job losses, with the greatest burden falling on communities of color and the poor, the study found.

Climate change is real. So is the climate gap. Its not something fictitious, made up by communities who feel underrepresented, said Dr. Manuel Pastor, one of the reports authors and a professor at the University of Southern California.

Pastor, who directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USCs Center for Sustainable Cities, says that as environmentalists and policymakers come up with policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they also need to address the disproportionate impact that climate change will have on the neediest populations. The levees that would have protected the poor of New Orleans would have protected the whole city, he said.

Climate change, studies show, will increase extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods, droughts and wildfires. Air pollution will also worsen with the warming temperatures. Both will take a toll on public health, with people of color and the poor worse off.

African Americans in Los Angeles are twice as likely to die from heat...

UPDATE: N. Korea sets June 4 Trial Date for Current TV Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee held since March 17

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 14 May 2009

UPDATE:
May 12, 200 - North Korea sets trial date June 4 for American Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

April 24, 2009 - The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is deeply troubled by the news that two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have reportedly been indicted in North Korea for illegal entry and "hostile acts."

NEWS UPDATES:

May 14, 200 -

News has been very limited about American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, currently scheduled to stand trial June 4 in North Korea.

The two American journalists who work for CURRENT TV in San Francisco, are accused of entering the country illegally and intending "hostile acts." They have been held in North Korean custody since March 17.

Here from around the Web are news stories, and citizen activist bloggers:

May 15, 2009 N. Korea Sets Trial of 2 U.S. Journalists

May 14, 2009 U..S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hopeful for detained U.S. journalists.

May 13, 2009 Yahoo News Reuters reports.

May 14, 2009 CNN reporter Sohn Jie-Ae and Don Ridddell discuss the political backdrop of news two U.S. Journalists will face trial in North Korea

Embedded video from CNN Video

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April 24, 2009 -

CNN reports N. Korea has concluded an investigation and has ordered Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee to stand trial.

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April 24, 2009 -

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is deeply troubled by the news that two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, have reportedly been indicted in North Korea for illegal entry and "hostile acts."

Click here to the www.aaja,org website for the full statement from the AAJA.

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Related: Laura Ling and Euna Lee news and commentary on the web:

New York Daily News April 24, 2009

CNN April 24, 2009

Laura Ling's webpage at Current...

Barack Obama's ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH, 2009 Proclamation

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 11 May 2009

Barack Obama's ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH, 2009 Proclamation

The vast diversity of languages, religions, and cultural traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continues to strengthen the fabric of American society. From the arrival of the first Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants 150 years ago to those who arrive today, as well as those native to the Hawaiian Islands and to our Pacific Island territories, all possess the common purpose of the fulfilling the American dream and leading a life bound by the American ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we remember the challenges and celebrate the achievements that define our history.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have endured and overcome hardship and heartache. In the earliest years, tens of thousands of Gold Rush pioneers, coal miners, transcontinental railroad builders, as well as farm and orchard laborers, were subject to unjust working conditions, prejudice, and discriminationyet they excelled. Even in the darkness of the Exclusion Act and Japanese internment, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have persevered, providing for their families and creating opportunities for their children.

Amidst these struggles, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed in great and significant ways to all aspects of society. They have created works of literature and art, thrived as American athletes, and prospered in the world of academia. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played a vital role in our Nation's economic and technological growth by establishing successful enterprises and pushing the limits of science. They are serving in positions of leadership within the government more now than ever before. And along with all of our great service men and women, they have defended the United States from threats at home and abroad, serving our...

UPDATES: New Court Date July 9th at 9:30am - Riverside, CA Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order to Developer - Angry Citizens Fight to Save Riverside, CA Historic Chinatown Site

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 07 May 2009

Upcoming Activities from members of http://SAVEOURCHINATOWN.org:

- Tues., May 12 at 5:45 p.m., Revoke the Vote Demonstration; City Council Public Comments session begins at 6:30 p.m.

- Sat., May 16:
- 6th Annual Riverside International Drum, Mask, and Dance Festival, White Park, 12 noon - 7 pm, SOCC table 12 noon - 4 pm

- Old Riverside Foundation Vintage Home Tour event. SOCC will staff a table 10 am - 4 pm at the non-profit area in the Courtyard Marriott on University Avenue (near ORF's Weber House).

- Mon., May 18, 6-8 pm, 1503 Humanities & Social Sciences (HMSS 1503). For Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, SOCC will co-sponsor a film screening and Q&A session with UC Riverside's Asian Pacific Student Programs for When They All Still Lived. Admission: free to all.

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1. The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) filed a Writ of Mandamus on April 22, 2009 against the Superior Court of the State of California and the Save Our Chinatown Committee (SOCC) in an attempt to overturn the Preliminary Injunction issued by the Court on March 20, 2009, Judge Sharon Waters presiding. The SOCC trial date has been moved from June 20 to July 9 at 9:30 a.m.

2. Join us for the Revoke the Vote demonstration! The image of George Wong, the last caretaker of Chinatown, will appear once again on May 12 when we will urge Riverside City Council to rescind its approval of the archaeological treatment plan and revoke the permits of the project. The developer violated several city ordinances and conditions of the building permits on Valentines Day weekend. Let the City Council know that these unlawful and destructive practices should not be tolerated in the City of Riverside. We will assemble in front of City Hall, located at the corner of 10th and Main Streets, at 5:45 p.m. We need your participation!

3. Reports on...