Speaking Up for the Future : Learning Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese will help Asian American children get jobs as adults, a teacher says. Tommy Li, Attendance has dropped at the Vietnamese-Chinese School in Lincoln Heights in recent years, and Holly Tran, a 23-year-old volunteer teacher, is determined to reverse the trend. Tran says the school, which caters to ethnic Chinese from Vietnam, is more important than ever because the Chinese population has doubled in the surrounding area since the school was founded in 1979. Students attend public school during the week and the Vietnamese-Chinese School on Saturdays and Sundays. Tran, herself an immigrant from Vietnam, graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1992 and is in her second year of the teaching credential program at Cal State Los Angeles. She was interviewed by Tommy Li. and
Too Many Patients : High Rate of Premature Black Births Fills Infant Intensive Care Unit KAREN E. KLEIN, Dr. Xylina Bean is a neonatologist and director of the Rosa Parks Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Martin Luther King-Drew Medical Center. Bean recently presided over the dedication of the neonatal unit by Parks, the 81-year-old seamstress whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white rider in 1955 sparked the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott, which in turn propelled the civil rights movement. Bean has worked at the medical center since her residency there in 1973. She was interviewed by Karen E. Klein.
What's 'Normal Wear and Tear' on Old Carpet? KEVIN POSTEMA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Postema is the editor of Apartment Age magazine, a publication of the Apartment Assn. of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA), an apartment owners' service group
The Lost Mines of Llallagua MARCELO DE URIOSTE, Antonin Kratochvil is a documentary photographer whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. De Urioste, a Bolivian-born author and journalist, currently lives in Gainesville, Fla