How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Cholagate! Reaction, fallout over the identity of 'Ask A Chola'

The scandal that has erupted in recent days over the unmasking of video blogger/minor web celeb "Ask A Chola" as, well, not a chola has provoked impassioned reactions from detractors and supporters of the pseudo-chola performance artist. It has also spawned many a discussion about what constitutes art and at what point racial satire becomes offensive, and if there is any leeway at all when it's performed in "brownface."

In a nutshell: The vlogger known as Chola has starred for the past few years in sometimes amusing, sometimes confusing, sometimes slightly disturbing videos that she posts on her website, There she expounds on everything from "chola culture" to Star Wars, pirates, health care and driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in an a pseudo-Latino/Eastside brogue, her face hidden behind a green bandanna.


Report: Black, Latino kids see more fast food ads

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A McDonalds's ad in Spanish on an MTA train in Los Angeles, December 2008

The Salud Today blog dug this morsel out of a new report from the Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity:

Hispanic preschoolers see 290 Spanish-language fast food TV ads each year. McDonald’s is responsible for 25% of young people’s exposure to Spanish-language fast food advertising.

There's more. From the report, titled Fast Food FACTS: Evaluating Fast Food Nutrition and Marketing to Youth:
There is considerable evidence that exposure to marketing for fast food is even higher among African American and Hispanic youth. African American youth view almost 50% more TV advertisements for fast food than do white children and adolescents. Although differences in advertising exposure can be attributed in large part to the greater amount of time that African American and Hispanic youth spend watching television, fast food restaurants appear to disproportionately target African Americans and Hispanics with their marketing efforts. For example, fast food ads appear more frequently during African American-targeted TV programming than during general audience programming.

Fast food advertisements are also prevalent on Spanish-language television networks, comprising nearly half of all ads. Billboards for fast food restaurants appear significantly more often in low-income African American and Latino neighborhoods.

Fast food restaurants located in poorer African American neighborhoods also promote less-healthful foods and have more in-store advertisements compared to restaurants in more affluent, predominantly white neighborhoods.


In the news this morning: Immigrant entrepreneurs, regional impact of Latino vote, disabled and in deportation, more

Visa Policy Change Would Lure Entrepreneurial Immigrants - Capitol News Connection Some lawmakers and high-tech industry lobbyists are pushing for the creation of a "Startup Visa" program that would provide green cards to immigrant entrepreneurs.

Lender gives low-income Latinos access to small loans - Los Angeles Times A man behind the "social entrepreneuring" startup Progreso Financiero is a grandson of Mexican immigrants.

Latino voters' impact varied by region - Los Angeles Times Most of the election-day wave that swept Democrats from office last week hit states where Latino voters make up only a small minority of the electorate.

Family fights disabled son's deportation - Honolulu Star-Advertiser A 26-year-old Korean-American man with Down's Syndrome faces deportation after his parents obtained legal status, but he could not.


On brown restrictionism and the midterm

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Governor-elect Brian Sandoval of Nevada shakes hands with a supporter on election night. November 2, 2010

This week's midterm election gave us much food for thought regarding the role of minorities in the outcome, and among the more interesting items on the menu has been victories of several minority Republican candidates in state and national elections.

While Latino voters helped net key victories for Democrats in the West, namely for Jerry Brown in the California governor's race and for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada, the GOP pitched a slew of ethnic candidates who won, in some cases without much Latino support. Among them are New Mexico governor-elect Susana Martinez, Nevada governor-elect Brian Sandoval and Florida U.S. Senate winner Marco Rubio, as well as South Carolina governor-elect Nikki Haley, who is Indian-American.

What do these winners have in common? In a post on, Shikha Dalmia wrote about a common thread that binds them: a restrictionist stance on immigration. From the piece:


In the news this morning: Teacher workshops on Islam, Democratic minority voters vs. GOP minority candidates, more

LA Unified teachers take Islam workshop - 89.3 KPCC In weekend classes, teachers learned about Islamic faith, culture, and the Middle East.

Conrad Black: Rubio likely to battle Obama in 2012 - National Post Could the GOP decide to pit a Latino against Obama in 2012?

Latino vote puts Brown in office - Ventura County Star A pollster credits a surge in enthusiasm among Latino voters between Labor Day and Election Day with aiding Jerry Brown’s decisive victory.

Geraldo Rivera: Efforts to Suppress the Latino Vote In 2010 Election Were a Throwback to Jim Crow - Fox News Geraldo speaks out, calls last month's don't-vote campaign from GOP-affiliated group "odious."

Black and Latino voters stick with a shrinking Democratic base - Los Angeles Times The two groups stayed with the Democratic party in large numbers on Tuesday.