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small chef

The Soup Line Gets Longer and Older

New America Media, News report, Ngoc Nguyen, Oct 14, 2008

The recession is decimating many elders' savings and some are finding themselves in line at the soup kitchen in San Francisco's tenderloin district.


Out of Grief Comes Help for Others

Nguoi-viet.com, News feature, Lisa Huynh, Oct 13, 2008

The death of Nghia Tran encourages her daughter to push for a California law requiring hospitals to give families time for a final visit with a loved one.


Drawing Parallels Between Immigrant Experiences

Pacific Citizen, News report, Lynda Lin, Associate Editor, Oct 01, 2008

Sonoma County Japanese Americans pass a resolution to support a sanctuary ordinance that ensures safety for all its residents.


Death March of Filipino Veterans Politics Nearing an End

New America Media, Commentary, Emil Guillermo, Sep 29, 2008

John McCain's use of the financial bailout talks to delay the presidential debates didn't work. But perhaps that kind of political tactic might still work for opponents of the Filipino Vets of WWII.

By Mocking Community Organizers, GOP Risks Grassroots Backlash

Black America Web.com , Jackie Jones, Sep 09, 2008

Within hours of Giuliani and Palins speeches at the last week in St. Paul, community organizations began issuing news releases accusing the GOP of denigrating the work they do.


Black Therapist Takes On Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome

New America Media, News report, Khalil Abdullah, Sep 06, 2008

Jamerlyn Swan is a family therapist in California, where only one out of 2000 family therapists is black. NAM's coverage is underwritten by the Marguerite Casey Foundation.

You're a Community Organizer? Eww!

New America Media, Blog, Rene P. Ciria-Cruz, Sep 05, 2008

From Giuliani to Palin, speakers made it sound like community organizing was a job for slackers who are afraid to get a real one, like lobbying in Washington, perhaps.

An Addiction to Advocacy Overcame Homelessness

New America Media, Feature, Khalil Abdullah, Sep 03, 2008

Charles Jenkins may yet serve as a poster child for community activism, despite his past battles with drug addiction and homelessness.


Online Medical Encyclopedia Soon to Launch

New America Media, News Report, Deborah Stokol, Aug 30, 2008

WebMD may soon have competition from another online medical encyclopedia expected to be launched at the end of this year, Medpedia. But will the Web site offer the advertised unbiased medical information?

school matters

Textbook Update Could Give Hmong Youth Cultural Pride

New America Media, Commentary, Connie Vang, Aug 28, 2008

A new California bill that would require that the refugee history of Southeast Asians be included in the next textbook curriculum update may have the side-effect of instilling cultural pride in young Hmong Americans.

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