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Ethnic Communities Urged to Get H1N1 Flu Shot

New America Now, Audio, Odette Keeley Posted: Oct 30, 2009

Editor's Note: Odette Keeley, news anchor for "Stories From The Ethnic Media" on NAM's radio program, "New America Now" on 91.7 FM KALW, talks to ethnic media professionals about their outlets' news headlines and their take on the news of the day.

This Week on "Stories From the Ethnic Media": CDC meets with ethnic media to discuss the H1N1 vaccine, and the recent videotaped MUNI bus fight between two women, one African-American, the other Chinese-American, brings community leaders and media in San Francisco together to discuss race relations.

Two days after President Obama declared the H1N1 flu outbreak a national emergency, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met with ethnic media reporters in San Francisco. The CDC is aware that as trusted news sources in their communities, ethnic media reporting on the importance of the flu vaccine could be very persuasive. The officials also adressed some fears and misconceptions about the H1N1 flu vaccine. But Isabel Gutierrez of Hecho en California or Made in California radio show --- which airs on KIQI 1010 AM in San Francisco and on 990 AM KADT in Sacramento --- says many in her audience are more afraid about going to the clinic than getting the flu shot;
and, recently, on a San Francisco bus, a small disagreement blew up into a brawl between an African-American woman and a Chinese woman. This could have easily been just another videotaped fight that became a web sensation. But it hit home for local community advocates who see it as an opportunity to improve race relations and media coverage of such conflicts. Vivian Po, media monitor for New America Media describes how the Chinese media reported on the fight between the women.


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