DEARBORN, Mich.– Pioneering social scientist and researcher Dr. Alixa Naff set out in 1962 to document the personal experiences of Arab immigrants to the United States with only her reel-to-reel tape recorder, a grant of $1,000, her blue Volkswagen Beetle nicknamed “the camel” and a team of graduate students to assist.Details
Viet Film Fest 2016 Celebrates New Venue and Renews Commitment to Cultivating the Next Generation of Storytellers
ORANGE, CA-The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) is proud to announce that Viet Film Fest 2016 will have a new home, at AMC Orange 30 (The Outlets at Orange) from April 14-17. Viet Film Fest’s new larger and more central location is emblematic of its trajectory from a Little Saigon dream to an internationally renowned platform for Vietnamese voices. With a total of 24 films (11 features and 13 shorts), from countries such as Vietnam, Australia, Norway, France, and the United States, Viet Film Fest’s 2016 lineup showcases many “firsts” in Vietnamese cinema.Details
What is Zinc?
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that is intricately involved in hundreds of activities inside our cells. At the moment, research estimates that 100 to 300 different enzymes require zinc to accomplish their tasks. In many cases, zinc acts as a catalytic component for those enzymes, aiding the biochemical processes that help cells function regularly. Enzymes, and even hormones, hormone receptors, and other proteins, also need zinc as a building block in their own chemical structures.Details
The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) celebrated a star-studded party officially launching Viet Film Fest 2016 at its new home AMC Orange 30 (in The Outlets of Orange, formerly, The Block).Details
The latest fad in GOP circles is that when a GOP candidate, an elected official, or some GOP connected notable makes a racist crack, dig, slur is to issue a pious, indignant statement denouncing the racist quip or act. The new GOP fad was on ample display when Trump refused to denounce former Klan Kleagle David Duke’s endorsement, nor any other support from the Klan. Yes, he stared down, a supporter wearing a Klan lettered tee shirt at a campaign rally, but that’s somehow not quite the same as a full throated tirade against the Klan. Trump won’t do that. But then again why should he? Fad, and hand wringing knocks against Trump for mute silence on the Klan from the GOP, won’t change the fact that Trump is simply taking his cue from his party.Details
Since research has proven financial incentives and penalties to be highly effective in motivating weight-loss, there’s been an uptick in the number of organizations looking to capitalize on the cash-driven dieting idea and add their spin to an already crowded marketplace. The trick for employers seeking to bolster workplace wellness programs to give staffers an extra source of motivation to shed a few (or more) pounds, is determining the legitimacy of the organization in question. Choosing poorly could make the entire endeavor a bust or, worse, could land you in the heart of a scam.Details
Henry Yi (not his real name) is studying mechanical engineering and dreams of working for NASA. The 19-year-old UC Berkeley student says he couldn’t have done it without his parents – not only because of the sacrifices they made to bring him to the United States, but because they helped him apply for a program that has changed his life.
Yi, who declined to use his real name to protect his family, says it was his parents who first told him about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program, announced in 2012, grants undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children a reprieve from deportation and access to a work permit.Details
Becoming a legal immigrant is a very exciting process filled with many possibilities for the future. A door opens up that gives all the benefits of a U.S. Citizen without the right to vote; freedom to travel home without worrying about reentry, a right to work and all the legal protections of a U.S. citizens.
This process can also be quite costly. USCIS processing fees range anywhere from $0 to $1,000 per form while lawyer fees average $3,000 to $4,000. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use that money towards something more exciting, like a honeymoon or vacation or to open a savings account for your future children? There are a lot of ways to spend $4,000 but first let me show you how to keep it in your wallet.Details
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 25, 2016) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its 2016 lineup of narrative and documentary features, short films, and galas for its 14th annual festival. Opening the festival on April 6 is the U.S. premiere of the ensemble powerhouse ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, from filmmaker and four-time IFFLA alum Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s poignant WAITING, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, closes the festival with its North American premiere on April 10. Gala tickets and passes are now available at www.indianfilmfestival.org. Tickets for individual films will go on sale on March 18, 2016.Details
Effective February 25, 2016, new guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual provides information on the general policies and procedures for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence as well as adjustment under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).Details
SAN JOSE – Hoang Truong says becoming a U.S. citizen gave him “the key” to unlocking a better life.
“When we become a U.S. citizen,” he said, “we have the key — the key to the higher education door, the key to freedom, the key to vote, the key to do whatever we want.”
Truong, who came to the country seven years ago from Vietnam, said he was watching TV one day when he saw there was an upcoming free workshop in San Jose to help people apply for citizenship. With help from the local organization Asian Law Alliance, Truong and his family were able to get fee waivers so they didn’t have to pay the $680 naturalization fees.Details