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Please give a warm welcome to KPCC's Kim Bui, editor of the OnCentral blog and Multi-American guest blogger of the day:
As an adult, I’ve rarely had a conversation about race without it slowly turning toward relationships.
Yes, many Asian women date white guys. Indeed, I tend to be one of them.
Today I spied a post on KCET's website titled "Love Isn't Blind, It's Just Near Sighted," which began:
Last week a good friend posed a question to me, "Do you only date white men?" It took a minute for me to reply, it was a question that has floated around me since I was able to sneak out of the house in high school.
The post incorporated various people's answers to the question, "Why do Asians predominately date Caucasians?"
I mentioned it to Leslie, which led to a long-winded conversation about dating and marriage and gossiping Vietnamese mothers, which in turn led to Leslie asking me to share a little on my experiences.
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Pizza (or pik-sa, or pisa) con jalapeÃ±os, May 2009
A reader responding to a recent collection of awkward language moments experienced by English learners, or people who were raised by them, has shared a good one: "pik-sa," better known as pizza.
Edith Padilla wrote:
I cannot seem to shake my habit of saying “pik-sa” instead of “pit-za.” I don’t make that mistake with the word mozzarella but pizza is a whole different story.
I've heard that one among Latinos, as well as "pisa," like in the leaning tower of Pisa or the Spanish verb "pisar," meaning to step or tread on. I visited my parents last weekend and shared a "pisa" with them for lunch. A Hawaiian pisa with barbecued chicken, which was quite tasty.
Have an ESL moment to share? Feel free to post anecdotes below.
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A military naturalization ceremony held at a U.S. Army base in South Korea, December 2008
The story of David Deng, a Chinese immigrant from El Monte accused of charging fellow Chinese immigrants upwards of $400 to join a bogus "special forces" military unit that could lead them to U.S. citizenship - replete with bogus uniforms - might come off on one hand as this week's immigration news of the weird.
On the other hand, it's a relevant reminder of how far many immigrants to the United States are willing to go in order to become citizens.
The ranks of non-citizen soldiers in the U.S. military, often referred to as “green card soldiers,” have swelled in recent years. In order to attract more military conscripts, the federal government made a series of policy changes in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks that would make joining the military more attractive to legal-resident immigrants. This included a 2002 presidential order allowing non-citizens serving in the military to apply for expedited citizenship.
Ouch, Our Arteries: Taco Bell Tests Shell Made of Nacho Cheese Doritos - TIME Dusty cheesy flavor-blasted taco shells? Please, Taco Bell, say it isn't so.
Immigrant, worker rights supporters put out call for May Day march - 89.3 KPCC Immigrant and workers’ rights advocates staged a small demonstration in downtown Los Angeles yesterday to call for an end to budget cutbacks that hurt working families. They also announced plans for march on May 1.
A More Diverse Class of 2015: Harvard Accepts Record Numbers of Black and Latino Students - GOOD The number of African American and Latino students accepted into the class of 2015 may be the highest in school history.
Fake army: Lawyers for man accused of raising fake army say group was a charity - Los Angeles Times The defense for the El Monte man accused of charging Chinese immigrants money to join a phony "U.S. Army" unit claims he was trying to operate a Salvation Army-style charity group.
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The skyline as seen from the Griffith Observatory, August 2010
As it promotes its special quarterly issue highlighting Los Angeles, the magazine GOOD recently posted an interesting short piece that examines how diversity is measured - and where, depending on the metrics, Los Angeles places among other large U.S. cities.
From the piece:
If you look at the total number of minorities in an area, Los Angeles does come out on top. According to county-level data from the 2007 U.S. Census, Los Angeles County has more Hispanic residents (4.7 million), Asian residents (1.4 million), and Native American residents (146,500) than any other in the nation. But that’s largely because Los Angeles County has more people, period. L.A. County has 9.8 million residents, nearly twice that of Cook County, Illinois, the second largest.
Another method is to look at the percentage of minorities in an area. By this measure, according to the online data repository City-Data, New York is the most diverse major city, with only 35 percent of residents identifying as “white only,” followed by Dallas, Chicago, and Houston. However, City-Data’s figures don’t jibe with the 2005 to 2009 U.S. Census American Community Survey, which places the New York figure at 45.4, behind Chicago’s 41.9 percent.