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Why Is It Still Okay to Make Fun of Asians?

Mar 16 2016

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.”

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Academy Apologizes For Asian-American Jokes During Oscars Telecast

Mar 15 2016
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- The motion picture academy has apologized for jokes made about Asian Americans during last month's Oscar telecast.

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.

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API’s and Prop. 47 – Overcoming the Stigma of Incarceration

Mar 10 2016

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.

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'I Have Freedom Now': Service Organizations Unite to Combat 'Modern Day Slavery'

Mar 8 2016

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.

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Asian Student Reports Racial Slurs, Eggs Thrown at Him at USC

Mar 7 2016
EXPOSITION PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An investigation is underway into a possible hate crime at the University of Southern California after a suspect used racial slurs and eggs as a weapon against a student.
 
USC's Cardinal Gardens is a student housing complex where coeds pay more than $10,000 a year to live. That is where business major Ivan Tsang said he was targeted with eggs and racial epithets over the weekend.

He posted pictures of the egg assault on his Facebook page.

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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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