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Hate Crime Charges Filed In Assault Against Sikh Bus Driver

Mar 2 2016

Authorities in Los Angeles have filed hate crime charges against a man who brutally assaulted a Sikh bus driver and called him a "terrorist" and "suicide bomber" during the attack last November.

Balwinder Jit Singh had sustained serious injuries during the November 6 assault and was taken to a hospital with a disfigured face and infection in his eye that required weeks of recovery.

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Up All Night: Interview with Karin Wang

Feb 29 2016

BBC's 'Up All Night' host Rhod Sharp interviewed Advancing Justice - LA's Vice-President of Programs & Communications, Karin Wang, about the 2016 Academy Awards and jokes made during the awards ceremony at the expense of the Asian American community.

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O.C. Offers GOP Example of Asian Outreach

Feb 21 2016

Orange County could hold the key to Republican success nationwide with the fastest growing slice of the electorate, Asian American voters.

Asians have tended to favor Democrats in recent years, a trend that reached a high-water mark in 2012 when 73 percent voted for President Barack Obama.

But the county GOP had a burst of success in electing Asian candidates two years ago, when three Asian Republicans won seats in the state Legislature. Three more serve on the five-member county Board of Supervisors.

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Asian-Americans Await Possible Supreme Court Nominee

Feb 21 2016

LOS ANGELES—

Two immigrants from Asia are possible nominees for the Supreme Court. The Asian American community are eagerly awaiting President Barack Obama’s announcement.  

“Asians in general are becoming more involved in the political system as judiciary members of the bench, so it really is just a testament of the times for Asians to now be nominated for this open seat that’s available,” said Pamela Thakur, former president and vice president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California’s Public Interest Foundation.

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Obama administration is starting in L.A. to help immigrants become citizens

Jan 29 2016

Obama administration officials met in Los Angeles on Friday with Mayor Eric Garcetti, local nonprofits and business owners to discuss ways to encourage immigrants to become U.S. citizens.

“To launch forward we must return to our core values as Americans and even in these tough times strive to embrace our role as a nation of immigrants, a nation of dreamers, a nation of hope,” Garcetti said on Twitter about the meeting, which was closed to the public.

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Asian-Americans Becoming More Politically Engaged

Jan 26 2016

LOS ANGELES — For Hugh Tra, an immigrant from Vietnam who says he has been politically active since high school, U.S. foreign policy is personal.

“I care a lot about foreign affairs, about what the U.S. government decides to do," said Tra, whose parents fled the Vietnam War. "I really do want our government to look at the history and culture of another society before making decisions, taking military action.

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Weekend News Report: United States vs. Texas

Jan 23 2016

The Supreme Court recently decided to hear the case United States vs. Texas, which will decide whether to expand amnesty programs for undocumented immigrants. How will the decision affect the Vietnamese community in the U.S.?

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Immigrant groups mark one-year anniversary of historic driver’s license law

Jan 8 2016

ONE year ago, California’s Assembly Bill 60 (the Safe and Responsible Driver Act) was implemented statewide, granting eligible immigrants legal driver’s licenses regardless of status. Over 600,000 undocumented Californians have benefited from the historic law, swiftly passing identification and residency requirements, and both the written and behind-the-wheel tests to obtain lawful permits.

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