How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Anti-immigrant talk radio rhetoric is analyzed in new UCLA report

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A new UC Los Angeles study examines anti-immigrant rhetoric on talk radio, measuring its use on segments of popular conservative talk shows. Put together by the university's Chicano Studies Research Center and titled "Quantifying Hate Speech on Commercial Talk Radio," the report released today comes as several Latino groups in Los Angeles are pushing to get one one locally-produced talk show off the air.

The content of three talk shows was analyzed for the pilot study, including Lou Dobbs' radio program, Michael Savage's The Savage Nation, and the John and Ken Show, a Clear Channel show on KFI-640 AM that has drawn criticism since its hosts gave out the number of a Los Angeles immigrant advocacy group's spokesman on air, subjecting him to a barrage of hate calls.

Transcripts of three individual shows, one from each program, were analyzed for their content. Especially interesting is an analysis of terms used in the samples, including what are termed "code words." From the report:

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Doctors who treat Latinos aren't confident they can provide the best care

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Disparities in medical services have long landed minorities on the losing end of the health care system, with several studies documenting the lack of quality care experienced by many black Americans. And it's no better for Latinos, new research out of UCLA and City University of New York shows.

The study, whose results are featured in the new edition of Health Affairs, focused on health providers who treat Latino patients. What researchers found is that physicians who treat primarily Latino patients, as compared with those whose patients are primarily non-Latino whites, are less likely than their peers to believe they are able to provide patients with high-quality care.

Among the reasons these doctors cited: inadequate time with patients, their patients' lack of ability to afford health care, communication difficulties, a relative lack of available specialists, a lack of timely transmission of medical reports, and patients' failure to adhere to recommended treatments, the latter not surprising for patients on a tight budget.

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The Dream Act and the economy

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Senate Democrats speaking in support of a newly introduced version of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act this morning have been bringing up economic reasons for passing the proposed legislation, which would grant conditional legal status to young people brought here before age 16 if they go to college or enlist in the military.

During a Senate subcommittee hearing on the bill, California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein cited a report by the North American Integration and Development Center at UCLA, released late last year as the most recent version of the bill was being considered. The report concluded that if an estimated 825,000 now-undocumented youths who stand to benefit from the Dream Act were allowed to contribute to the economy, they would generate an estimated $1.4 trillion current dollars in income over 40 years. An excerpt from that report:

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Introducing the cultural mashup dictionary: Our first term, 1.5 generation

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Just like Southern California’s culture is shaped by immigrants and their descendants, so is its language. There is an evolving lexicon of words, terms and phrases coined here and elsewhere in the U.S. where immigrants have influenced the English language, and it has influenced them.

And it’s worth compiling into its own dictionary of sorts. Today I’m introducing the first entry, a term I use often: 1.5 generation.

Here’s how Wikipedia defines it:

The term 1.5 generation or 1.5G refers to people who immigrate to a new country before or during their early teens. They earn the label the "1.5 generation" because they bring with them characteristics from their home country but continue their assimilation and socialization in the new country. Their identity is thus a combination of new and old culture and tradition.

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After the ranting anti-Asian UCLA student, three great music videos

Screen shot from Wallace's video

Whatever misguided creativity moved UCLA student Alexandra Wallace to post a video of herself ranting about Asian students in the library and utter her now-famous "ching chong, ling long, ting tong" line a week and a half ago fell far short of what she termed "an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video."

Wallace, who claimed afterward to receive death threats, has since announced that she'll no longer attend UCLA. But during her brief infamy, she spawned a creative legacy of videos made in response to her rant, and these have continued to appear. Some have been funnier than others, some angrier than others, and not all have been high art.

But some, like these three music videos, have been nothing short of genius.

This week, Angry Asian Man posted the video and lyrics for a hilarious rap from the San Diego hip hop band afterschoolspecial, filmed, naturally, in a library. The video:

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