UNITY Exec. Director urges ABC's "The View" producer Barbara Walters to make a public statement acknowledging racial comments by Rosie O'Donnell are offensive and unacceptable
The offensive behavior displayed by "The View" co-host Rosie O'Donnell in attempting to mimic the Chinese language reflects poorly on ABC Daytime and the show's producer, ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters.
UNITY: Journalists of Color represents more than 10,000 journalists nationwide from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, including Chinese American.
In one brief action, O'Donnell and "The View" not only offended Chinese Americans, but all of UNITY's partner organizations: the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Native American Journalists Association.
"The View" offers robust commentary on issues of the day, which viewers tune in to learn what the show's high-profile women think about these topics. When one of the co-hosts demeans and mocks the language of an entire race of people on national television, it warrants an explanation by the show's producer at least, and by the network at most.
UNITY recognizes that while O'Donnell is an entertainer and not a broadcast journalist, her producer is one. As producer, Walters should publicly acknowledge that O'Donnell's remarks were patently offensive and that such insults should have no place on the public airwaves.
By allowing O'Donnell's cheap jab at Chinese Americans to go unchecked, the network is essentially condoning racial and ethnic slurs.
It's a practice that should not be tolerated in today's diverse society.
That's our view.
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James Kim, a Father and a Hero
I don't know what it is, but, even after all these years, I feel a sense of pride when I see an Asian face in a prominent position in the media.
I was proud, then, to see James Kim's smiling alongside his many pieces on CNET's site, explaining and reviewing digital music products, making them understandable to geeks and non-geeks alike. He was a senior editor at CNET, specializing in reviews of mp.3 players. He also appeared on the site's online show, Crave, talking gadgets in an unassuming style. He had an easy laugh, and got others to laugh with him.
So it was a disturbing piece of news to hear, in late November, that he and his family were missing in the wintry woods of southern Oregon, where theyd gone on a Thanksgiving trip from their home in San Francisco.
James, 35, his wife Kati, 30, and their two daughters, four year-old Penelope and seven month-old Sabine, came from San Franciscofrom my own neighborhood, in fact: Noe Valley, where James and Kati owned an an apothecary shop. They also had a small clothing store in the Haight-Ashbury, and James worked full-time at CNET. This was a handsome, happy family, full of life and future.
And then they got lost in the Oregon wilderness. For agonizing days, there was no word of the family, which had traveled north in a station wagon. On December 4, a helicopter pilot spotted Kati and the girls, and they were rescued. We then learned that James had set off, in the snow and through unknown territory in the coastal mountains of Oregon, seeking help. He never knew that his family had been saved, and he hiked and walked and struggled until he was overtaken by hypothermia. Two days after Kati, Penelope and Sabine were rescued, another helicopter pilot found James. But it was too late.
Throughout his neighborhood, his company, his city, and, because of coverage in the media and on the Internet, around the country, people grieved. These days, the...
Michael C. Lin to Assume Executive Director Position at OCA
OCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael C. Lin will become OCA Executive Director effective December 1, 2006.
Lin has been an OCA member for over 25 years and is retiring after 30 years at the National Institutes of Health where his last position was as a Program Director responsible for nurturing and funding cutting edge research in the cardiovascular field. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Montgomery College in Maryland, and has served as the Chair of the Maryland Governors Commission on Asian Pacific Americans Affairs (1998-2002).
Lin was also OCA National President from 1995 to 1998, where during his tenure OCA spearheaded a national voter registration campaign, co-sponsored by 18 other prominent national Asian Pacific American organizations. Under his leadership, OCA also convened the historic Asian Pacific American Leadership Summits, attended by the top community leaders and major civic organizations across the nation, to address issues confronting the Asian American community. He expanded OCAs education initiatives, including the highly popular internship program which provides opportunities for college students to work in the Congress, various federal agencies, non-profit organizations and at the OCA National Headquarters.
OCA is truly fortunate to have Michael accept the position of OCA Executive Director, said OCA National President Ginny Gong. His long history with OCA, at both the local and national levels, will enable him to bring stability, historic background, continuity, and most important of all, an intimate knowledge of OCAs mission and vision for the future. We are very grateful for his personal commitment to ensuring OCAs future is taken to the next level and beyond. As the Past OCA National Center Campaign Chair, Lin was instrumental in providing guidance and direction for the organizations capital campaign, and has continued to be...
Korean Workers Project announces overtime and record-keeping settlements for deli-grocery worker and retail store worker.
Flushing, NYThe Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and YKASECEmpowering the Korean American Community, today announced the terms of two significant settlements on behalf of Mr. Park, a deli-grocery store worker, and Mr. Lim, a retail store worker. In both cases, the Korean Workers Project secured satisfactory back wage settlements that additionally require the employers to maintain proper records of their employees hours and wages.
According to a survey AALDEF conducted with low-wage Korean immigrant workers in the New York metro area, approximately three out of four Korean immigrant workers do not receive legally-mandated overtime pay if they are entitled to it.
("Forgotten Workers," April 2006, AALDEF: www.aaldef.org/docs/KWP_2006WorkerSurvey_analysis.pdf.)
We are glad both businesses decided to take the high road by paying these workers their rightful overtime pay. In addition, the settlement enables the Korean Workers Project to work with the businesses to ensure that the businesses keep proper records, pay all wages properly, and do their part to raise workplace standards City-wide. said AALDEF Staff Attorney Steven Choi. Choi represented both Korean immigrant workers in their back wage claims for unpaid overtime and spread-of-hours wages.
Mr. Park, an immigrant from Korea and a resident of Queens, worked the 7 a.m. 7 p.m. graveyard shift at a Manhattan deli-grocery, where he performed cashier, stockroom, and janitorial duties for a fixed cash payment of $75 a day. During the 13 months he worked at the grocery, his employers never paid him the legally-required overtime wages, despite the fact that he often worked up to 72 hours a week. AALDEF filed a lawsuit on his behalf in April 2006, and secured approximately $8,600 in a settlement that was paid in full last month.
Thousands rally and march to demand full legalization and declare "round two" in response to a new wave of Sensenbrenner-backed attacks.
Today, the New York metropolitan-area immigrants rights movement presented its platform of demands to the nation from Union Square, and declared Round Two of its response to lawmakers failure to propose and pass a full, fair, and humane legalization bill. Marching to Times Square, more than two thousand protesters declared, No Deal! No Half-Steps, No Half-Measures! Full Legalization Now! and demanded an immediate end to detentions and deportations.
Earlier this week, New York United for Immigrant Rights (NYUIR)a coalition of more than 75 immigrant and human rights organizations in the New York metro areacalled on all communities to denounce the new wave of Sensenbrenner-backed attacks on immigrants. In September, the House passed a series of enforcement-only bills that authorized the construction of a redoubtable $6 billion border fence, and proposed to misuse state and local police to enforce civil immigration laws and shield the government from accountability for misdeeds or misapplication of immigration law, among other measures.
Local residents from Latino, Asian, Caribbean, African, Arab, labor, religious, civil rights, and human rights communities marched to Times Square, carrying a Border Wall of Remembrance and Resistance to commemorate the people who are suffering under current immigration laws, and a series of funeral coffins signifying the death threat that the Border Wall, Detentions, Deportations, and other anti-immigrant policies pose to our human rights and democracy.
Said Joel Magallan, Executive Director of Asociacin Tepeyac, "It is historic that major organizations in the New York area have come together and committed to presenting together the right proposal to the new Congressfair and full immigration reform that includes all immigrants who are living in the United...