First Openly Gay Vietnamese American Mayor Makes Bid for Congress

First Openly Gay Vietnamese American Mayor Makes Bid for Congress

A Vietnamese refugee brought to the United States by his parents as a child, Bao Nguyen was elected Mayor of Garden Grove in 2014, where he has increased government transparency and fought corruption. Upon his swearing-in, he became the first directly- elected Vietnamese American Democratic Mayor in the United States. He is the city’s first Vietnamese American and first Openly LGBTQ Mayor. Prior to his historic election, he served as member of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education. Nguyen is running for U.S. Congress to represent California’s 46th District. He talked with NAM’s editor, Andrew Lam, author of “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora.”

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THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) IN NEW YORK CITY

PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) IN NEW YORK CITY

The programming committee for the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival is honored and excited to announce the 2016 lineup!

A total of 16 films will screen Wednesday through Saturday, May 25 through May 28, 2016 at two Manhattan venues!

For the first time in its 13-year history, the BHFF is expanding by adding an additional evening of screenings and events, for a total of four festival days of film, art, culture, conversation, new connections and fun.

Our program this year consists of four blockbuster features, seven documentaries and five short films, including an animated film. We are proud to announce that the competition program features works by five women directors.

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Hispanic Millennials Saying ‘Adios’ to Spanglish

Hispanic Millennials Saying ‘Adios’ to Spanglish

Hispanic millennials are turning their backs on Spanglish—a slang that mixes English-language norms into Spanish—and instead opting for proper American English.

“The typical trend is that the first [generation] prefers to speak Spanish, the second generation is bilingual, and the third generation is generally monolingual,” Jody Agius Vallejo, an associate professor of sociology at USC who studies immigrant integration told the Los Angeles Times.

But there is more going on than the natural trajectory of how immigrant groups assimilate to become Americans.

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South East European Film Festival Closing Gala Fetes Young Filmmakers May 5 at Ahrya Fine Arts

South East European Film Festival Closing Gala Fetes Young Filmmakers May 5 at Ahrya Fine Arts

Los Angeles, 4 May 2016 – The 11th annual South East European Film Festival, SEEfest, will conclude its 8-day run and 44 film screenings at Ahrya Fine Arts, 8556 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, on Thursday, May 5th with awards gala and screening of Family Bonds, selection of five shorts by young filmmakers.

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South East European Film Festival Los Angeles 2016 Focus on Cinema of Exile

South East European Film Festival Los Angeles 2016 Focus on Cinema of Exile

Los Angeles, April 2016 – The many faces of exile, both external and internal, slated for 11th SEEfest, set to run April 28 – May 5, include stories both piercing and lifting that share as many facets of the human experience of exile as there are films. A full slate of high quality features and timely documentaries begin on Opening night April 28 at Ahrya Fine Arts theater with the premiere of Bosnia’s Oscar entry Our Everyday Life, directed by Ines Tanović, who will attend the screening.

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The GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (GIIFF)

THE 5th ANNUAL GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES FILM LINEUP

LOS ANGELES, CA – The GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (GIIFF) announced today its 2016 lineup of narrative and documentary features, short films, and galas for its 5THh annual festival. Opening the festival on May 26, 2016 are two films by Director Marcello Thedford, Sins Of The Guilty and Detainment.

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IFFLA ONCE MORE IS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS; ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

IFFLA ONCE MORE A RESOUNDING SUCCESS; ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

LOS ANGELES, CA– The 14th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded on Sunday evening (April 10) with a red carpet and gala fete that featured the North American premiere of Anu Menon’s poignant and stirring feature, WAITING starring Kalki Koechlin who was in attendance, as well as the presentation of the festival’s Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards.

This year the festival showcased nearly 30 films including features, documentaries, and shorts at ArcLight Hollywood, home of IFFLA since its inception, including three world premieres, two North American premieres, and ten U.S. premieres. IFFLA was proud to present more features and shorts from female filmmakers than ever before, as well as many titles that had received top awards at festivals around the globe. The festival had once again the support of its presenting sponsor, Zee Cinema.

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Trump’s Version of an African-American Voter Outreach Campaign

Trump’s Version of an African-American Voter Outreach Campaign

It was one for the books. The sight of an African-American viciously assaulting a Trump protester at his Tucson campaign rally. The sight drew gasps and lots of expressions of puzzlement and disbelief. The assault came a few weeks after Trump’s photo-op meeting with some black ministers. He has also gotten some endorsements from an odd assortment of black names such as Mike Tyson. Before that he bragged that he could get lots of black votes. It drew guffaws and snickers since it was just Trump being Trump. The overwhelming betting odds were that Trump could do something that’s mathematically impossible and that’s top the percentage of black voter support that one poll gave 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney during that year’s presidential election; namely 0 percent.

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Advocates: Becoming a U.S. Citizen Is Easier Than Getting a Green Card

Advocates: Becoming a U.S. Citizen Is Easier Than Getting a Green Card

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Getting a green card can be a long, arduous process for many immigrants. Some even have to wait for 25 years or spend tens of thousands of dollars to get legal permanent residency in the United States.

Because of this, legal permanent residents who are eligible for naturalization often think that applying for U.S. citizenship is harder than it really is.

“They fear that they won’t pass the test and interview. They fear that their English is not good enough,” Marina Gundorin, immigration supervisor at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte, said at a recent ethnic media convening here. “And they fear that they won’t be able to afford the application fee.”

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