How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Bay Area shooting sentence follow-up, Oklahoma anti-Sharia bill on hold, Texas immigration bills, more

Mehserle protesters await prosecutors' decision - San Francisco Chronicle The 152 protesters were arrested Friday night protest in Oakland while protesting the two-year sentence for a former BART police officer in the killing of Oscar Grant, an unarmed man.

Bills Would Crack Down on Illegal Immigration — The Texas Tribune GOP lawmakers in Texas have already filed a series of immigration-related enforcement bills for the lame duck session.

Ray Suarez: Post Election Day - The Impact of the Latino Vote - Huffington Post What Latino voters did on election day is probably one of the more enduring stories of the 2010 race. One lesson: Latino voters appear to be issue-driven, not simply ethnically driven. A Latino candidate will not guarantee Latino votes.

Oklahoma's Anti-Shariah Law Put On Hold -- For Now - NPR A federal judge on Monday temporarily stopped Oklahoma's new anti-Shariah law from taking effect. The law would change the state constitution to prohibit courts from considering international or Muslim law.


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: