How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Compton: A shifting population, except in City Hall

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Screen shot of a race and ethnicity map of the Compton area from the New York Times' "Mapping America: Every City, Every Block" interactive project. Blue dots represent African Americans, yellow dots represent Latinos, red dots represent Asians and green dots represent whites. Each dot represents 25 people.

When the initial 2010 census results were released last month, the attention quickly turned to the nation's growing Latino population and, in turn, how it will shape the political landscape.

While the U.S. Census Bureau has yet to release new data on race and ethnicity, it's already clear that some of the states with the biggest population growth, and which will gain Congressional seats, also happen to be states where Latinos have come to represent a bigger chunk of the population in recent years. But does this necessarily translate into more political clout for Latinos? And as these population shifts take place, what shape do they take at the neighborhood level, culturally and politically?

An interesting case study is playing out in Compton, a working-class Los Angeles County city that was long predominantly African American (some may remember it as the Compton of N.W.A's 1988 hip hop classic Straight Outta Compton) but where Latinos now make up two-thirds of the population.

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Reactions to Limbaugh's 'ching chong' mockery

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Rush Limbaugh

In the 24 hours or so since radio host Rush Limbaugh mocked Chinese president Hu Jintao's speech yesterday, making a series of "ching chong, ching chow" sounds as his, er, approximation of Chinese language, the reaction has come swiftly, angrily, and on the late-night circuit, comically.

For the record, a bit of what was uttered, as posted on ColorLines:

They normally — you have some translator every couple of words. But Hu Jintao was just going CHING CHONG, CHING CHOW CHONG CHA, CHONG CHANG, CHING CHONG CHIBABABA, OH CHONGHING CHI CHIGARAI, CHENG CHI CHI. CHING ZHA BABA CHENGA CHENG CHI CHI CHI. CHANGI. OOOOOO. CHING CHOLABA BABA. GE CHOW CHOW BA.

The Atlantic Wire has compiled a list of reactions from media pundits and bloggers, among them Mediaite's Jon Bershad, who asks if Limbaugh will be subject to the same amount of backlash as comic Rosie O'Donnell was when she uttered 

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In the news this morning: Tough immigration bills filed in new Congress, Haiti deportations, more

More bills seek crackdown on immigration - USA Today Most of the bills that have been filed in the new Congress have been aimed at cracking down on immigrants, including those here legally and illegally.


US deports first Haitians since earthquake - The Associated Press While many applications for temporary protected status have been approved, some Haitians are again being deported. Immigration authorities repatriated 26 Haitians with criminal records on Thursday, plus another man who was accused in a 2007 terror plot but was acquitted.


Next Wave of Immigration Legislation Introduced in Arizona - New America Media While some are asking legislators to hold off on tough immigration bills, like one seeking to deny birthright citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants, other legislation is in the works, including a measure similar to a recently-passed Oklahoma bill that would ban consideration of international law and of other cultures in court decisions.

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Quote of the moment: A different perspective on 'Tiger Mother' parenting

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"Certainly, the idea of a traditional Chinese parenting style would surprise the billion inhabitants of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, few of whom attended Harvard, became a doctor, lawyer, or banker, or ever completed a Scantron."

- Ken Chen, executive director of The Asian American Writers' Workshop, in a CNN opinion piece


In the wake of the controversy over author Amy Chua's memoir "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Chen puts the Asian-vs.-Western-parenting furor sparked by the book and a related essay in perspective, calling out the stereotyping, the fear, and the immigration history behind the story. He points out that U.S. immigration policies in recent decades have welcomed skilled professionals from Taiwan and Hong Kong, creating a bourgeois class of immigrants who, not surprisingly, bring up their children to do well academically, just as their affluent white counterparts do.

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In the news this morning: Foreign-born workers get hired, companies employing them get scrutinized, a refugee success story and more

Exclusive: Over a million immigrants land U.S. jobs in 2008-10 - Reuters A review of federal labor data conducted for Reuters found that even as the economy faltered, over a million foreign-born workers found employment.


U.S. Expands Crackdown on Employers of Illegal Workers - The Wall Street Journal The Obama administration is announcing plans to crack down on employers who are hiring those foreign-born workers, at least those employed illegally. An audit office will be charged with overseeing the verification of company hiring records.


Faces of Immigration: Immigrant refugee to councilman - Orange County Register A profile of new Fountain Valley city council member Michael Vo, a Vietnamese refugee who came to the United States in his teens, is the latest in a series.


Immigration Program for Haitians Called a Success - The New York Times More than 53,000 applications from Haitians seeking temporary legal status in the United States have been approved since last year's devastating earthquake. U.S. immigration officials say the majority have been approved.

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