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College Diversity Nears Its Last Stand

Oct 15 2011

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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Sacramento County must provide ballots in Chinese, U.S. says

Oct 13 2011

Sacramento Bee
 
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.

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U-visas gaining momentum

Sep 26 2011

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."

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Bill to count more ethnic groups heads to Brown

Sep 13 2011

California Watch
 
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.
 

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On 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 JA, Muslim American Friendship Grows

Sep 10 2011

Pacific Citizen
 
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.
 

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Asian Americans In California To Benefit From Redistricting

Aug 23 2011

KoreAm
 
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).

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