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International Music Sensation Jennifer Zhang Releases New Single “Flying High” Promoting East-West Relations
What do the names Obama, Bloomberg, Wintour, Gates, Crawford, Trudeau and Ma have in common? They all have enjoyed the musical innovation by Jennifer Zhang. The award-winning Asian American music artist is bridging cultural borders on the global music scene with the premiere of her new single and accompanying video “Flying High,” a unique song exploration that melds American pop music with traditional Chinese instrumentals.Details
The annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of the historic Central Avenue corridor in South Los Angeles and is one of the last few genuine jazz celebrations left in the Southern California region. This festival is a free family-friendly event paying tribute to jazz greats such Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Dexter Gordon and Gerald Wilson, while putting a spotlight on the younger emerging artists that are continuing this rich art form.
From the early 1900s to the 1950s, Central Avenue became the epicenter for music, especially with the sound of Rhythm and Blues, and upbeat tones of Jazz. With music as its center, Central Avenue quickly became the heart and soul of the African American community in Los Angeles.Details
His father was thrown into prison over a couple bottles of milk. Magazine, The Immigrant Experience, Forbes As a toddler in Cuba, Tony Hernandez was diagnosed with a severe calcium deficiency. Dairy could help, but was severely rationed by the Castro government. His father bought 2 liters on the black market, got caught and was…Details
This month the number of immigrant children in government custody topped 14,000, the highest levels ever documented, including 3,800 children being held in one secretive tent city alone. The mass detention of immigrant youth is reminiscent in some ways of mass incarceration of juveniles from times past.
Two decades ago, political scientist John DiIulio set off hysteria by warning of an impending influx of young “super-predators.” His theory led to zero-tolerance policies, harsh sentences and, ultimately, the rise of mass incarceration of juveniles.Details
What’s It Like for an Immigrant Child to Have a Glimpse of the American Dream, Then Have It Taken Away?
The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy separated kids and parents, putting the children in foster care, where many of them got a taste of a life much better than the one they left. What happens when they land back home? Magazine, The Immigrant Experience, PROBUBLICA by Ginger Thompson Christmas wasn’t going to be much this year at…Details
There have been many occasions when I caved to the pressure to be “white” to conform with societal norms. In kindergarten, I chose to pack Lunchables after a “lunch box moment” occurred when a classmate claimed chà bông looked like hair. On Lunar New Year, I refused to wear my favorite áo dài to school for fear of standing out.Details
The Trump administration’s determination to revamp the American immigration system appears to be boundless. From its proposed redefinition of which public benefits immigrants can use without being labeled a “public charge” to its steep reduction in the US’s refugee ceiling to its sudden withdrawal of legal status for immigrants from countries like Haiti and El Salvador to Donald Trump’s recent flirtation with ending birthright citizenship, the administration appears willing to stretch, change or even break US laws en route to an ill-defined effort to remake American immigration around a “merit-based” approach.Details
Controlling immigration was one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s primary arguments during the 2016 election, with him campaigning to limit entries into the U.S. and proposing building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The political debate continues to rage today: Funding for Trump’s proposed $5-billion border wall remains a matter of contention between lawmakers.Details
“A message of hope for people who come here and visit or come here to live,” is how Liz Cedillo-Pereira, the Director of the Dallas office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, describes it.
They’re the work of the “Be Golden” initiative, which aims to infuse the conversation about immigration with the Golden Rule. Several city leaders, including Mayor Mike Rawlings and Bishop Edward Burns, spearheaded it.Details
There are as many stories as there are people in this bountiful country. Looking to America from afar, hopeful immigrants may see view land of opportunity as new chapters to write in their books of life. Perhaps they look from afar with rose colored glasses, and see a far better life. Once here, reality sits in. Yes, our country is beautiful and full of opportunity. However, there is also a quick realization that all is not easy and not always safe.Details
Is there really an immigrant advantage for success? It is difficult to argue against it. Over 27 percent of U.S. entrepreneurs are immigrants despite being only 13.5 percent of the population. Forty-three percent of the companies on the 2017 Fortune 500 list were founded or cofounded by an immigrant or child of an immigrant. Immigrants are four times more likely to become a millionaire and two times more likely to start their own business.Details