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July 19, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Big Brother" houseguest Candice Stewart could be playing a very crafty game against her fellow houseguests who have made racist comments about her. Or not. Stewart, who is black, was moved to tears during last Sunday's episode when she was teased during a racially charged confrontation with two white houseguests, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. Gries had flipped Stewart's mattress off the bed and mocked her with a stereotypical black female accent, while Zimmerman got in Stewart's face, daring her to respond.
July 2, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The streaming live feeds of the current cast of "Big Brother" can enhance the prime-time viewing experience, but recently those feeds captured some contestants of the CBS reality series uttering racist and homophobic comments. According to Zap2It, "Big Brother" housemates GinaMarie, Kaitlin and Aaryn were recently overheard talking about two black cast members, Candace and Howard. One of the girls was overheard saying, "Blacks stick together. ... They're like tokens. ... They're like black Barbie and Kens.
June 25, 2013 | By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
People with Chinese or Vietnamese roots are as segregated as Latinos in neighborhoods nationwide, a study from Brown University has found. In Los Angeles and Orange counties, the pattern is even more extreme - and has grown more so over the last two decades. But the same study suggests that that may not necessarily be a problem. In many cities, some Asian Americans live in neighborhoods that appear "separate but equal," with incomes and education levels as high or higher than largely white neighborhoods, researchers said.
June 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Chen
Any day now, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case, which could invalidate the use of race-conscious policies in college admissions. Some Asian American groups, such as the 80-20 Education Foundation, have been among the most vocal and visible in opposing what's broadly termed affirmative action. They believe getting rid of race considerations will work to the advantage of Asian Americans, who on average have held more extracurricular leadership positions and have higher test scores and grade-point averages than whites, yet have the lowest acceptance rate to elite private universities.
May 8, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Tucson police have arrested a San Diego man on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with a case they have been pursuing for 37 years. Bruce McCullough was arrested in San Diego in the March 1976 death of Donna Smith, 20, Tucson police said in a statement this week. The couple had been living together at the time of Smith's death, officials said. After she died, McCullough, then 28, fled. McCullough, now 66, avoided law enforcement officials for decades by using a fake identity, officials said.
May 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The Marine Corps on Wednesday began an advertising campaign targeted toward encouraging enlistment by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, two groups that make up only a tiny percentage of the Corps. The campaign, entitled "A Warrior's Education," features videos on the Marines' Facebook page in which 1st Lt. David Pham and 1st Lt. David Oliver David extol the virtues and challenges of being a Marine officer, and link Marine discipline to the values they learned from their families.
May 3, 2013 | By Shan Li
Contrary to popular perception, not all Asian Americans are basking in financial security and working high-income jobs after years of intensive schooling. The official poverty rate of Asian Americans in 2011 actually exceeded that of whites by 2.5 percentage points, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The numbers are even more grim when adjusted for cost-of-living differences between regions. The Economic Policy Institute found that Asian Americans tend to cluster around relatively expensive cities in the Northeast or West.
April 11, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
As the Republican National Committee begins to chart its path after stinging losses in recent presidential elections, a major focus of its spring meeting in Hollywood is how to draw more support from communities that have shunned the party in large numbers, notably Latinos, Asian Americans and single women. Much of Thursday's agenda is focused on reaching out to such groups. This afternoon, committee members will take part in workshops about messaging, ethnic media, minority communities and women.
April 9, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
As the 168 members of the Republican National Committee head to Los Angeles for their spring meeting - a visit meant to illustrate the party's commitment to broadening its reach even in the bluest of states - Chairman Reince Priebus announced two new hires who will focus on stepping up the party's efforts to engage voters in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  The hirings of Stephen Fong as a national field director and Jason Chung as a...
March 16, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Mandarin was my first language, but once I started school, I refused to speak it. As the only Asian kid in my class, I felt alien enough. I wasn't about to bust out in another tongue, even in the privacy of my own home. My parents were too laissez-faire to enforce a Chinese-only regimen, as my uncle did with my cousins. We soon switched to English instead of Chinese, forks instead of chopsticks. My mom made spaghetti for my brother and me, stir-fries and soups for my dad. The one time I went to Saturday Chinese school, I told my parents I hated it and I wasn't going back.
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