New York Times
ABIGAIL FISHER, a white student, says she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of her race. She sued in Federal District Court in Austin, causing Judge Sam Sparks to spend time trying to make sense of a 2003 Supreme Court decision allowing racial preferences in higher education. “I’ve read it till I’m blue in the face,” Judge Sparks said in an early hearing in Ms. Fisher’s lawsuit. But the meaning of the central concept in the decision — “this esoteric critical mass of diversity of students,” he called it — kept eluding him.
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In another marker of the region's shifting demographics, the federal government said Wednesday that Sacramento County must print ballots and other voting materials in Chinese by the next election.
The change is the latest indication of phenomenal growth in the county's Chinese community, which added about 75 residents a month during the last decade. Only 15 other counties across America are required to print ballots in Chinese.
Los Angeles Times
For years Norma endured her husband's physical and mental abuse. But the undocumented mother of five finally decided to call police when her 10- and 11-year-old daughters told her that their father had sexually abused them.
"In that moment," said Norma, who asked that her last name not be used to protect her children, "I felt — not scared, mostly I just felt angry at myself for hiding so many things, for letting it get to that point."
Of the more than 57,000 Tongans in the United States, 40 percent – nearly 23,000 – live in California. But you won't find them identified in California data: The state does not require agencies to count them.
John Tateishi was in his car in California when he first heard news of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the radio. Knowing the adverse reaction this could have against Arab and Muslim American communities, Tateishi, who was JACL national director at the time, took immediate action. He turned his car around.
It looks like the political clout of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities has improved due to California’s grand experiment in political redistricting.
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission was charged with redrawing the boundaries to better reflect neighborhoods, and many of the new lines leave Asian American neighborhoods intact, thanks in part to a coalition of groups led by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC).
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the Ileto family held a gathering last Aug. 10 to commemorate the hate crime killing of Filipino-American postal worker Joseph Ileto and to raise awareness to prevent future hate crimes.
More than a dozen civil rights and education organizations are contending that the California Department of Education unlawfully stopped monitoring millions of dollars in funding for low-income and minority students.
By Deanna Kitamura
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday released the final proposed maps for the Assembly, state Senate, Board of Equalization and California congressional districts.
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