Cats and Asian Americans reign supreme on Youtube, but in Hollywood it’s another story: discrimination, stereotypes and exclusion are the norm for Asians, both on television and the silver screen. The most recent evidence of this came during the Golden Globe awards ceremony, where viewers were hard pressed to find an Asian face in the audience, let alone an Asian name among the nominees. The TV camera showed flashes of the marvelous Lucy Liu and comedian Ansari Aziz, as if trying to make sure that these two “cats” would somehow make up for the lack of Asian diversity. This year’s Oscar nominations offer another example. Not one name, with the exception of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category, is an Asian name.
Zainab Farah stands along the side of the cream wall, opening the tasseled blinds one gentle tug at a time. Three of her children sit perched on the couch below the window, wide-eyed with slender, brown fingers pointing to the buildings they recognize from above. We stand 21 floors above ground level in one of the Riverside Plaza apartment complexes in Minneapolis.
On Jan. 28, the Indian Supreme Court upheld its decision to reinstate a 153-year-old colonial law prohibiting “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.” The law was struck down in 2009 by a lower court in New Delhi, a decision that was cheered by Indian lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. But last month, on Dec. 11, 2013, the Indian Supreme Court overruled the lower court’s decision, saying that only Parliament could determine the matter. The announcement was met by massive protests calling for a review of the decision. Yesterday, however, the Court made it clear that the ruling would stand and no such review would take place.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adrian Avila plans to apply for citizenship for one major reason. “I’m doing it for my mother,” says Avila. Avila, a content producer at the bilingual magazine Silicon Valley De-Bug in San Jose, came to the United States with his mother when he was six years old. Now 29, he is one year younger than his mother was when she decided to leave everything behind in Mexico to build a better life for her son in the United States. Today, Avila wants to give something back to her: he plans to apply for citizenship so that he can petition for his mother to become a U.S. citizen.
Recent remarks by House Republican leaders indicate the GOP is preparing to move forward with immigration reform legislation that includes a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. In an interview with Telemundo’s “Enfoque” on Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said he sees “no reason” why the GOP-controlled House can’t reach an agreement on legislation to allow undocumented immigrants to legalize their status as long as Congress passes border security and interior enforcement measures.
If you are a legal permanent resident eligible for American citizenship, there is no better time than 2014 to resolve to become a citizen. As someone who has spent years working with Arab-American immigrants here in Detroit, my own resolution is to help as many of them as possible here in Detroit to take the necessary steps toward citizenship with the New Americans Campaign.
On January 22, at 1:00 PM EST, Spanish speaking employers can learn about E-Verify and the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process in their native language!
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has added Austria, Italy, Panama, and Thailand to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the 63 eligible countries published January 17, 2014 in the Federal Register.
New America Media / We’Ced Youth Media, First Person, Diego Sandoval, Editor’s Note: The image of Dreamers portrayed in the media is most often one of valedictorians, proud “undocuqueers” or brave protesters. But for many young people who are undocumented and gay, everyday reality is defined by struggle, uncertainty, and hardship. That was the case […]
PRI’s The World, News Report, Jason Margolis Pictured above: Mexican-born Sujey Romoero, who was able to become a US citizen because of the 1986 immigration overhaul in Congress, worries about immigrant families today if the DREAM Act were to pass. Photo by Jason Margolis. The chances for a comprehensive immigration reform bill passing Congress are […]