Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, addresses Asian-American Republicans at the Grace Ministries church in Fullerton.
The Grace Ministries complex, spread over 26 acres in Fullerton, is where some 6,000 Korean-Americans worship.
But on a recent weekday, the turnout was much smaller. Just 70 people gathered in the church's fellowship hall as Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, made a passionate pitch.
“We’re committed to tell you why the Republican party is the Asian party — why that’s where you should be,” Day said.
Surveys show Asian-Americans have made the biggest pivot away from the Republican party of any ethnic group in recent years. And now the GOP is doing its best to woo them back.
The RNC has hired three California-based staffers to reach out to Asian-American voters and support Asian-Americans candidates. Two other staffers in Washington work solely on Asian-American issues.
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said Thursday that it's unlikely there will be enough cooperation among lawmakers for an immigration overhaul to pass this year, a week after he and fellow House Republicans unveiled their template for immigration reform.
Boehner Doubts Immigration Bill Will Pass in 2014 - New York Times Although the House GOP presented a template for immigration reform last week, Republican House Speaker John Boehner admitted Thursday that it's unlikely there will be enough cooperation between political parties to pass reform this year: "The American people, including many of my members, don’t trust that the reform that we’re talking about will be implemented as it was intended to be.”
White House faces revolt on deportation policy - Politico From the story: "Already facing a mutiny from the left over the administration’s continued deportation of undocumented immigrants, the White House is trying to assure immigration reform advocates that President Barack Obama still supports a path to citizenship — a key part of any liberal-backed immigration plan."
A worker cleans the logo on the Herbalife sign as finishing touches are put on the company's building in Torrance, Calif. Latino and consumer groups are pushing for an investigation into the company's business practices.
Several Latino and consumer groups continue to pressure federal regulators to investigate Herbalife, the Los Angeles-based nutritional products supplier.
They claim that the company, which sells products via independent distributors, relies on a pyramid scheme for its profits - and that working-class Latinos disproportionately lose out.
Representatives from groups like the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and many others have been in Washington, D.C. this week, meeting with lawmakers and representatives of the Federal Trade Commission.
The groups claim the company targets low–wage communities, with vulnerable immigrants who hope to earn extra cash investing in Herbalife's inventory to sell, but often finding they can't.
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Launched in early 2013, CNN Latino was one of several projects in recent years from major U.S. media companies trying to expand their Latino audience. Some ventures have had less success than others.
When CNN Latino launched early last year, it was lauded by the network as a venture that would meet the demands of the U.S. Latino audience. But CNN has confirmed that its syndicated Spanish-language news and entertainment service will be closing within a month, citing unmet business expectations.
An offshoot of CNN en Español, CNN Latino has operated as an eight-hour block of programming for air on partner stations. It was one of several projects in recent years from big media companies that have been trying to expand their Latino audience.
Yet its failure doesn't come as a surprise to observers like Veronica Villafañe, who writes about Latinos and media on her Media Moves website.
"Part of the problem is that maybe the formula they had come up with initially simply didn't work," Villafañe said. "Basically, what they thought they could do was that they could partner with local stations and sell them programming they already were already airing on their international signal. But combined with local programming, obviously it just didn’t pay off in terms of local sales."
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The 626 Night Market started out in Pasadena in spots like the City Hall plaza, but is now expanding to Orange County and downtown Los Angeles.
The popular Asian-themed 626 Night Market is taking the show on the road.
A San Gabriel Valley fixture since its debut in 2012, the 626 Night Market this year is rolling out events in downtown Los Angeles and at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
"This is our biggest year yet as we strive to feed more Southern Californian appetites and share the night market experience with our greater community," spokeswoman Aileen Xu said in an email.
Organizers say last year’s attendance averaged over 50,000 at events held at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The racetrack will continue to host night markets this summer.
The decision to expand beyond the 626-area-code will no doubt bring a higher profile to an event already billed as the largest Asian night market in the US, and expose it to a broader audience than its core Asian-American following.