The Vietnam War, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, will premiere September 17, 2017 on PBS. It tells the epic story of one of the most divisive and controversial events in American history. Burns and Novick spent 10 years making the movie and it includes testimonies of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.Details
My father came to America from China in 1912, the 30th year of the Chinese Exclusion Act, and somehow he was able to get in legally even though he, uh, didn’t tell the whole truth.
The three generations of Gees and Wongs that are his legacy are so grateful he was able to skirt the dreaded, racist Exclusion Act, and that he didn’t try to come here under the Trump Administration’s immigration proposal.Details
Vanita Gupta, 41, took the helm as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the oldest coalition of civil rights groups in the United States, in early June. A graduate of Yale Law School who was born and raised in Philadelphia and worked as a civil rights lawyer and Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, she was named head of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice by President Obama in October, 2014.Details
Although only 17 percent of Asian American students report being bullied at school—the lowest number for any racial group—more bullied Asian Americans (11.1 percent) report being targeted for their race than Whites (2.8 percent), African Americans (7.1 percent) or Latinos (6.2 percent), according to the American Psychological Association.Details
SAN FRANCISCO — Civil rights organizations are sounding the alarm over a proposal by Trump’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that would require visa holders from China to turn over their social media “handles.”
Over 30 civil rights groups signed onto a letter opposing the plan, saying it would increase racial profiling, erode internet freedom and privacy, and would not be effective at advancing security.
“There is no rational or substantiated argument for this proposal,” said Vincent Pan, director of Chinese for Affirmative Action. “The only thing we can speculate is that it is part of a larger policy against people of color and immigrants.”Details
Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., a co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, held a roundtable discussion with South Asian community leaders at a temple in Edison, N.J., to address immigration issues and combating hate crime, Pallone’s office said in an April 24 news release.
The congressman and community leaders discussed recent executive orders on immigration by President Donald Trump, as well as the uptick in hate crime across the nation.Details
Crowning a successful 15th year of great films and celebrating Indian heritage, the annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded with the premiere of Shubhashish Bhutiani’s HOTEL SALVATION starring Adil Hussain who was in attendance, as well as the presentation of the festival’s Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards presented by HBO.Details
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced the addition of an exciting array of programming and events for its 15th annual festival. Highlighting a special evening with legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, the Symphony Orchestra of India’s Associate Music Director Zane Dalal will be featured on Thursday, April 6th. Gala tickets and passes are currently available at www.indianfilmfestival.org. Tickets for individual films are now on sale.Details
In recent weeks, raids and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are reportedly increasing across the country following President Donald Trump’s immigration executive orders.
Because of this, organizations such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) are advising immigrant communities to understand how to prepare for and respond in the event ICE agents show up to their homes, workplaces or any public spaces.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will open this year’s festivities with worldwide favorite Lipstick Under My Burkha a film censored by the Indian Film censor board. Widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally, the annual event will take place April 5-9, 2017 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles, California. This will be IFFLA’s first year in the state-of-the-art, world-class cinema in the heart of Los Angeles’ vibrant and developing downtown district.Details