My name is Mohamad Ali Ozeir. My father’s name is Ali. My mother’s name is Khadija. My children’s names are Zena, Hassan, Jenan, Nadine and Sahar. I look like a typical Arab man: dark, Middle Eastern. However, I don’t feel I owe anyone an apology for the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Most of all, I don’t feel the need to condemn this carnage as an Arab American of Islamic heritage.Details
Activists in Vietnam and abroad have warmly welcomed the decision by the National Assembly to grant some recognition to the estimated 270,000 transgender people in Vietnam.
The Assembly last week approved a bill that would legalize sex reassignment surgery for the first time, and allow those who have undergone such procedures to register under a different gender on official documents.Details
LOS ANGELES — As the deadline for enrollment applications looms, University of California President Janet Napolitano has been meeting with ethnic media journalists to help advance her plans for creating more admissions opportunities for Californians – particularly students of color.Details
One of the rules in the deal that President Obama put out in his Immigration Reform Speech in November as part of the steps for undocumented workers to get right with the law (and attain temporary United States citizenship) would be that they pay taxes. Now, let’s be clear about the situation – all working immigrants are not in this category. In fact, over 11 million foreign employees in the United States already pay taxes. But still, these diligent workers continue to suffer the damaging status of being undocumented, and live in fear about the possibility of them and/or their family members and friends being deported at any given time.Details
The Paris attacks carried out by ISIS are being used to sustain the Republican Party’s nativist, anti-immigrant discourse. Presidential candidates and several governors want to close the door on 10,000 Syrian refugees for fear of terrorist infiltrators. This type of reaction does nothing but feed internal fears, granting a victory to terrorists, whose goal is precisely to shake the feeling of safety in free societies.Details
In the midst of all of the activity that’s going on in America concerning immigration reform in 2015, we should remember that the contributions of hard working people from foreign places have enhanced this country in so many ways, especially in the area of technology. In fact, the co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc., one of the founders of You Tube, and the creator of Google are all from distant lands.Details
A question: What are we Asian Americans to do in the heated climate of China-bashing? Some of our reactions may be: Great! I’ll join it! That’s understandable, for the Chinese government had done terrible things and some of us are here to escape from those things, even to seek redress. Tibetan Americans and Chinese Americans who had been persecuted are prime examples.Details
Activists in Vietnam have tried to step up their campaign against this week’s visit by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, accusing China of aggression in the disputed waters of the South China Sea and of trying to meddle in Vietnamese politics.
Some 1,700 people have put their names to an online petition demanding that the Vietnamese government drop its invitation to Mr Xi.
A small group of protesters also managed to walk through central Hanoi holding up placards denouncing the Chinese leader’s visit.Details
Cameroonian born Sahndra Fon Dufe is an actress, author, and CEO of the Indie production house African Pictures International. She has appeared in several international movies including One Night in Vegas, and ‘Black November’. Referred to as “Young Oprah” by Cameroonian singer Said Barah in one of his songs called Sahndra Fon Dufe, she is an inspiration to many talented young women in Africa. In an interview with The Immigrant Magazine, she shares more about her vision and how she is succeeding in crafting her own path in this often daunting industry.Details
Arab American Women’s Business Council Announces Laila Alhusinni as Arab American Business Woman of the Year; Theresa Ghafari as Keynote Speaker Hosts 9th Annual Networking Breakfast November 5, 2015
The Arab American Women’s Business Council will hold its 9th Annual Networking Breakfast on Thursday, November 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Byblos Banquets in Dearborn. Highlights of the event include keynote speaker Theresa Ghafari, president and CEO of G-TECH Services, college scholarships to Arab American women and the 2015 Arab American Business Woman of the Year Laila Alhusinni, founder and journalist, U.S. Chaam Media and U.S. Arab Radio.Details