Born in Mexico, Adriana Ledesma has always been in love with films. It’s in her blood, the rush, and the excitement that comes while being a storyteller. So when the opportunity came to fully explore that love she held on to it and followed it all the way to Los Angeles, California in the U.S.A. A whole new world with challenges but with it came the chance to do more than she had ever imagined.Details
I immigrated to the United States about 48 years ago . I was born in Wales GB. I grew up in Lancashire England until I was 10. My family then decided to immigrate to Canada in 1952 and we were aboard the ship heading to North America when King George died. My Dad had decided to join his two brothers in Canada. We settled in London Ontario where I went to Art School. After graduation and my father’s retirement we moved north to Kincardine, Ontario which is on the east side of Lake Huron about 150 miles north of Detroit on the Canadian side of the lake. By this time I had got married and had a son.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
As thousands marched for freedom and liberation at the Free The People Immigration March, Sanctuary For All, on February 18th, Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director of CAIR LA (Council on American Islamic Relations) expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of Americans against the marginalization of Muslim communities through the Muslim ban of the Trump Presidency.Details
Tung Thanh Nguyen, MD, recently resigned along with nine others from President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to protest the new administration’s policies that they claimed have adversely affected Asian Americans and people of color. Nguyen is a professor at the UCSF School of Medicine and the Chair of PIVOT— The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization. NAM editor, Andrew Lam, interviewed him on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the executive order that led to Japanese American internment camp.Details
On the eve of the inauguration for one of the most divisive presidents ever to take office, hate crime researchers are advising journalists to keep a close eye on the intersection of crime and hate speech in their communities.
“Research has shown that in the wake of a catalytic incident, such as 9/11, [it] can create a correlation of a spike in hate crimes,” said Brian Levin, criminal justice professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.Details
The Immigrant Magazine stands in solidarity with the call for February 16 to be “A Day Without Immigrants” #DayWithoutImmigrants, #UnDiaSinInmigrantes. We stand with our undocumented, illegal, DACA, DAPA, queer and Muslim immigrant communities who despite their struggles and challenges manage to contribute enormously to the strength of the USA.Details
What is it like to be an immigrant in America these days? Is it still worth coming, you ask, and is the American dream still possible?
Your questions gave me pause. Who from Vietnam, after all, would have thought to ask them a few years back? Didn’t the American dream, or rather the dream of coming to America, cause the movement of millions in our homeland, and stir the soul of many millions more? It breaks my heart then to hear that you might not come. It is to me the worst news yet about my adopted country.Details