Los Angeles-The Taste, Los Angeles Times annual celebration of Southern California’s vibrant, influential culinary scene, returned to the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot for another segment, Labor Day weekend, September 2-4, 2016. The Taste reflects The Times’ distinctive, award-winning coverage of all things edible, each of the five events showcased the chefs and restaurants at the heart of L.A.’s food and dining culture and included unlimited tastings from the city’s best eateries as well as specialty drinks, wine seminars and cooking demonstrations.Details
After a detailed selection process, the winners of the 2016 Arab American Book Awards have been selected and for the first time two books will receive the Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award.
The two winning titles – Mona M. Amer and Germine H. Awad’s Handbook of Arab American Psychology and Moustafa Bayoumi’s This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror – are a direct reflection of the depth of the category that includes a wide range of submissions, from academic texts to memoirs and cookbooks.Details
NEW YORK, N.Y.–As a family caregiver for my mother, who has dementia, I recently participated in six monthly meetings of a Chinese support group in New York.
Although the participants did not know each other before, they found light among hopelessness in each other’s stories, and I felt the group’s tremendous power in these meetings. The members hared the strength of love through human sufferings. Some said they faced similar challenges with family members facing the end of their lives.
The Chinese-community support groups began eight years ago, after and English-speaking Chinese man attended a seminar by the Alzheimer’s Association’s New York Chapter. Feeling the program was very helpful, he suggested the association organize similar seminars and support groups for Chinese-only speakers there.Details
For Lian’s Grandpa, 87, seeing an airplane can set him shouting in Chinese, “Run for your life! The Japanese bombers are coming!” His dementia brings his mind back to being on the run during Japan’s World War II occupation of China. Lian’s Grandma also suffers, unable to bring her husband back to the present. A geriatric psychiatrist prescribed heavy medications, which diminish his anxiety–but make him look lost.
“Dementia is a 21st century human catastrophe,” says Jed Levine, executive vice president of CaringKind, formerly New York City’s Alzheimer’s Association chapter. “It makes many families live in fear and helplessness; it takes up a huge amount of resources of the government.”Details
“Waarrior Savitri,” the newest offering of Indian American film director Param Gill scheduled for release in India and the U.S. Aug. 25, has received considerable backlash for its depiction of the Hindu goddess as a modern, 21st-century woman.
Effigies bearing the image of the award-winning director have been burned in Raipur and elsewhere across India, according to local media reports.
Sushil Malhotra, president of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum, observed that the film “makes a mockery of a revered Indian goddess.” He said the film was “obscene.”Details
MINNEAPOLIS – A multiracial coalition of African immigrants, liberals and university students helped make history in Minnesota on Tuesday when they carried Somalia-born Ilhan Omar to victory in the hotly contested Minnesota House District 60B primary and effectively ending the career of the state’s longest serving legislator, Phyliss Kahn, who has been in office uninterrupted since 1972.
The victory positions her to be the first Somali-American legislator in the country.
District 60B which includes a section of downtown Minneapolis starts south of I-94 in Minneapolis and goes north to Hennepin Avenue and terminates east at the border with the city of St. Paul.Details
Two senators on Friday, August 5 have responded to Donald Trump’s call to ban immigration from countries with high rates of terrorism, including the Philippines.
Denouncing the Republican nominee’s comments, the senators asserted that the Philippines is a key ally helping the United States fight terrorism and that Filipino immigrants have contributed largely to the United States.
“Donald Trump’s latest rant suggesting we ban immigration from countries like the Philippines that are helping us fight terrorism is another example of his reckless rhetoric that’s based on fear and division and further proves he is unfit to lead our country,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said in a statement.
“For generations, Filipinos have made the United States their home. It is their vibrant culture, hard work, and strong values that have enriched our communities and made this country great, not the ignorant, racist bigotry of Donald Trump.”Details
August 9th, 2016, the South African consulate celebrated the commemoration of the historic 1956 Women’s March in Pretoria. A day when over 20,000 women protested the ill treatment of the Apartheid system that stripped black people of their dignity.
Guests were thrilled to honor this fascinating legacy in the company of the host Consul-General, Mrs. Danielle de Bruyn Grady,daughter , daughter of Sophia Williams-De Bruyn the last living leader of this famous march. An event that would forever shift the paradigm and status for women the march was led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams.Details
DETROIT — Arabs and African Americans appear to have a common struggle against white supremacy.
But when former State Rep. Rashida Tlaib participated in a protest demanding accountability for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a Dearborn police officer in December 2015, she received disparaging messages from prominent members in the Arab American community.
“Why are you there? Why are you against Chief (Ronald) Haddad? This makes the Arabs look bad. You guys shouldn’t be there. This isn’t your issue,” Tlaib said she was told.Details
PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia had a large number of Hispanic delegates in attendance, including one from New Jersey. Among the diverse group was Lizette Delgado Polanco, vice president of the New Jersey Democratic Party.
And although some of them were elected as delegates for former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, they did not hesitate to turn their support to Hillary Clinton.
“My motivation for supporting Hillary this time is more about my fear of a Donald Trump presidency than anything else,” notes Analilia Mejia, a New Jersey delegate for Bernie Sanders.Details