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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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Stewart Kwoh on Expanding Equity in Public Universities

Jan 7 2016

Public colleges and universities across the country have been struggling for years to open up access for low-income youth and youth of color, even as ever-higher levels of education and skills are needed in the job market. The challenges have grown as states have cut funding for higher education. Now, the Supreme Court is considering a challenge to race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas, a ruling that could further restrict educational opportunities across the nation.

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Bilingual classes gives older immigrants better shot at citizenship

Jan 24 2014

In the civics class she teaches in a Koreatown library, Theresa Jung speaks in Korean before switching seamlessly to English. 

"What is this "D" word?" Jung said, gesturing to a page in the textbook. "Democracy!"

The students - mostly in their 50s and 60s – murmured the word. Jung could tell it was hard for some students to say, and tried to loosen them up.

"Say it one more time, Korean-version," Jung said. 

"Demo-crush!" several students said in unison, laughing. 

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Asian-American Brother Use Comedy to Attract Voters

Oct 24 2012

Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the United States.  But historically, mainstream political campaigns around the country have not given them much attention.  With general elections just a few weeks away, two brothers are trying to use comedy to get the attention of potential voters among the Asian American youth. 

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Voting campaign targets Asian Americans

Oct 23 2012

Los Angeles Times

Michael Wahl is aware that he has a choice — President Obama or Mitt Romney. "It's either this guy or that guy," the Cal Poly Pomona sophomore says.

But he didn't know about the candidates lower on the ballot, or the measures that could shape California's future — until volunteers came to his ethnic studies class one evening with a video aimed at convincing Asian Americans to turn out on election day.

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