This year’s Academy Awards telecast was a perfect opportunity to show how people of color have nuanced, fascinating stories to share with mainstream America.
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LOS ANGELES — A diverse crowd of workers, advocates and journalists gathered at the UCLA Labor Center to celebrate a class action victory for more than 200 employees of Chinese Daily News.
After more than a decade of hard fought litigation, they obtained a $7.8 million settlement against one of the leading Chinese language newspapers in the country. This class action victory represents one of the largest wage justice settlements in Asian American history.
To expand its reach of legal services in the growing Filipino community, non-profit organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice — Los Angeles has launched a free Tagalog helpline to assist the community with citizenship issues.
At the Oscars last month, in a performance for which he’d be praised for skewering Hollywood’s lack of diversity, host Chris Rock took a moment to introduce PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that tallies the votes. “They sent us their most dedicated, accurate, and hard-working representatives,” he said. “I want you to please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling, and David Moskowitz.” Three Asian kids in tuxedos walked onto the stage, briefcases in hand. “If anybody is upset about this joke,” Rock added, “just tweet about it on your phone, which was also made by these kids.”
The show drew low ratings while the lack of African American nominees had prompted complaints about diversity prior to the broadcast.
But jokes told by host Chris Rock during the show also prompted complaints from prominent Asian-American members of the entertainment industry.
정치인·공직자 배출 통한 파워업 목적 멘토링 계획
캐나다 법조계 활동하며 북한주민인권단체 설립
Pictured: Members of ALOFA, an organization spreading the word on Prop. 47 to API’s in Long Beach.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — In middle school, Nicole Bennett-Pote was an honor roll standout even as the walls around her appeared to be crumbling. Her brother was a gang member and her mother was an addict.
Bennett-Pote, who is part Japanese, made a vow then that she would never fall into that life. She stuck to softball and stayed at school everyday until the sun went down to avoid trouble at home.
Angela Guanzon remembers learning about human trafficking growing up in the Philippines, but she never imagined that one day she would be a trafficking survivor.
"All I heard about was human or sex trafficking—not labor trafficking," Guanzon, 38, told NBC News.
After graduating from college, Guanzon struggled to find work to support her parents and five siblings. With her father's health rapidly deteriorating, she looked for opportunities outside of the Philippines. In 2005, she was recruited to work as a caretaker at a residential care facility in Long Beach, California.
He posted pictures of the egg assault on his Facebook page.
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