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Understatement of the day

August 28, 2009

Posted by: Vivian Chau "Excuse me while I try to remember…about the historical events of Angel Island,” said our tour guide. He sighed, took two deliberate steps and finally squinted at the sun as if to will the words he needed into his mouth. “The Japa—no wait—Chinese immigrants…who came here…sought a better life in America.”

Aspiring for fairness and opportunity

August 21, 2009

Posted by: Christopher Punongbayan Below is the story of 21-year old, Stephanie, who is an advocate for the federal and California DREAM Act.   She is a member of the immigrant youth group, ASPIRE – Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights Through Education. My name is Stephanie and I am 21 years old. I was born in […]

APALC Addresses Immigration Reform Through Videos

August 20, 2009

Originally posted on Angry Asian Man. This a really cool way to address and promote the issue of immigration reform. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center has released four short video documentaries urging Congress to enact a fair and humane immigration reform that includes measures to support the successful integration of immigrants. Here's the press […]

API youth fight for legalization

August 20, 2009

Posted by: Christopher Punongbayan Below is testimony given by Ju Hong, a 19 year old student at Laney College in Oakland, in a recent legislative visit to the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.  Ju is the school's first Asian American student body president.  His activism is part of a […]

Woman to Woman: Our Families and Immigration Reform

August 20, 2009

By: Tuyet G. Duong This post was originally published on the NAPAWF Warrior Prose blog. This post is part of a series that Asian Pacific American Legal Center is collaborating with APAP in order to promote to publicize the National Asian American Week of Action, a collaborative mobilization with the Asian American Institute of Chicago, […]

Five Years to Life – How Congress is failing to meet the needs of APIs in Health Reform

August 11, 2009

By Guest Blogger, Sara Sadhwani (reprinted with permission from author) Each day we hear about the need to reform our health care system, and often the conversation focuses on those trying to derail the process. We often hear about the skyrocketing costs leading to bankruptcy for many families, the insurance company profit margins and the […]

Ten Years is Enough: Remembering the Victims of Hate Crime Violence

August 10, 2009

Written by: Stewart Kwoh, President and Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center; Titi Liu, Executive Director, Asian Law Caucus; and Ben de Guzman, Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations August 10th marks one decade since the brutal and senseless hate crime spree of an avowed white supremacist […]

CA Issues Apology or CA Apology Issues?

August 1, 2009

By: Tiffany FongALC Law Clerk While browsing Yahoo News in the morning, I came across a TIME article called “California Apologizes to Chinese Americans.”  Intrigued, I opened the link, hurriedly skimmed the prose, and sighed, “Finally!”  Immediately, I forwarded the news to my family, friends, and the Asian Law Caucus. The sentiments behind the racist […]

The Honorary UC Degree

August 1, 2009

By George Kawamoto ALC Law Clerk "Dialogue starts from the courageous willingness to know and be known by others.  It is the painstaking and persistent effort to remove all obstacles that obscure our common humanity.  Genuine dialogue is a ceaseless and profound spiritual exertion that seeks to effect a fundamental human transformation in both ourselves […]

What if Henry Louis Gates Were Not an Acclaimed Professor?

July 29, 2009

This article was originally posted on New America Media and is being reposted here with the author's permission. By Raj Jayadev Professor Henry Louis Gates, recently arrested, gets to share a beer with the man who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, at the White House with the President of the United States. It is a […]

Why John Yoo doesn’t speak for me

July 16, 2009

By: Christopher Punongbayan (photo: CNet) We are almost eight years out from the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  Our country faced immense challenges in the immediate aftermath, and national leaders acted swiftly to respond to crises across the board.  History has borne out the hard truth that many of the ongoing controversies both foreign […]

When Cops Attack Online: New Media Can Still Mean Old Politics

June 29, 2009

By Raj Jayadev (this article was originally published by New America Media and is re-posted here with the author’s permission) A few months back, I wrote an article called “Copwatch 2.0”.  It was about the shooting death of Oscar Grant by law enforcement, the fact that the act was shown on YouTube, and how our […]

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