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February 6, 1986 | Amalia Duarte
The Asian community will celebrate the lunar New Year this weekend with events throughout the county. To ring in the Year of the Tiger, the Kuan Ch'uan Fa martial arts studio will hold a party starting Sunday at 1 p.m. The daylong festival will include martial arts demonstrations, an all-you-can-eat buffet and kung-fu movies. The studio is located at 140 E. Main St., Tustin.
August 3, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Monterey Park officials are reliving a decades-old racial controversy as they revise a law regulating the use of English on signs. As part of a general revision of old codes, the City Council changed a law that required some English on storefront signs because of fears that the language in the measure was unconstitutional. A proposed amendment, to be considered this week, requires the use of "modern Latin" letters on storefront signs. It's actually a looser requirement than the old law, which called for English words, not just letters.
Beverly Yip, the outspoken Asian-American leader who created innovative social programs for the needy in the San Diego Asian-American community, died Monday night of liver cancer. She was 59. "She was a tireless spokeswoman for the Asian community and has been a major contributor in increasing awareness of the richness and diversity of Asian cultures, as well as the needs of the community," said Margaret Iwanaga-Penrose, executive director of the Union of Pan Asian Communities, founded by Yip.
February 3, 2011 | By Katherine Tulich, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This weekend is party time and not just because it's Super Bowl weekend. For Southern California's many Asian communities, it's the annual celebration of the Lunar New Year. While L.A.'s Chinatown has long been the focus of New Year celebrations, newer Asian communities are also forging their identities with their own unique celebrations. For the Vietnamese community, it's the Year of the Cat (the Chinese are celebrating the Year of the Rabbit), and in Garden Grove the Vietnamese community will hold its annual three-day Tet festival (full name, Tet Nguyen Dan, which translates to "Feast of the First Morning")
August 27, 1989 | ASHLEY DUNN, Times Staff Writer
John Lu of Walnut had just sat down to dinner with his wife and three sons when a small, silver pistol appeared at his head. "Shhh, we won't hurt you," said one man, his face covered with a knit mask. Another robber waved a gun, yelling: "Scream and I'll blow your heads off." The group of six robbers, who were believed to be ethnic Chinese from Vietnam, tied up each member of Lu's family with video cables and ransacked the house for half an hour.
May 20, 1986 | ANDY ROSE, Times Staff Writer
Shortly after the influx of Southeast Asian refugees to Orange County in 1975, schoolteachers began to notice some Vietnamese and Cambodian children with minor burn marks on their bodies. The teachers reported the incidents to police, who investigated and then arrested several parents.
August 3, 1986 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo rushed in late to a rally last August marking the second anniversary of the assassination of Benigno S. Aquino Jr., arriving just in time to add his voice to others honoring the slain Philippine opposition leader. Stepping to the podium, Woo recalled for the audience how his former boss, state Sen. David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles), had commented to him, after meeting Aquino, that "he had just met a great man with a noble mission."
Local and state investigators said Friday that a private lottery raided this week, which allegedly netted up to $80,000 a week, may be only a fraction of the illegal gaming operations in Orange County's Southeast Asian community. But police are hampered in their investigations of the games by the community's reluctance to cooperate with police, they say. Too often, police run into the "language barrier" and victims who refuse to talk, Garden Grove Police Lt. Kevin Raney said.
January 3, 1993 | Mary Helen Berg
Joel B. Tan, a Chinese-Filipino immigrant, is program coordinator for the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, a nonprofit organization that provides education on HIV and AIDS to the Asian-Pacific Islander community. He was interviewed by Mary Helen Berg. * I became involved with the organization out of selfish reasons.
In 1982, Assunta Ng, who had emigrated from Hong Kong 12 years earlier, founded the Seattle Chinese Post with $25,000 of her savings. The weekly newspaper was directed primarily to the Chinese-speaking residents and merchants in the city's sprawling International District, an Asian enclave south of downtown.
October 28, 2009 | Ching-Ching Ni
Asian Americans in Los Angeles County turned out in record numbers for the 2008 general election thanks to a mobilization campaign targeting the fast-growing but underrepresented community, according to a new survey released Tuesday. Turnout for Asian American voters soared 39%, up from about 211,000 in 2000 to 293,000 in last year's presidential election, according to the survey by the Los Angeles-based Asian Pacific American Legal Center. Among the key findings of the report, 63% of Asian American voters supported Barack Obama for president and 90% expressed support for universal healthcare.
February 28, 2008 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
They used to call Monterey Park "the Chinese Beverly Hills," a suburb east of downtown Los Angeles that for three decades has been synonymous with the explosion of Chinese immigration and trade in the San Gabriel Valley. But in recent years, some of the luster once associated with Monterey Park has moved east to newer communities including City of Industry, Walnut and Diamond Bar. And that's left city leaders debating the town's future. Enter developer Jason Chung.
February 17, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
The Chinese New Year begins Sunday, and several Southern California festivities are planned through the end of February to celebrate the Year of the Boar. "With nearly 1.5 million persons of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent living in the Los Angeles area, we should see big celebrations like the ones back in Asia," said Steven Lee, vice president of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. In the U.S.
June 4, 2006
June 4, 1985: Michael Woo, the grandson of a Chinese laundryman, became the first Asian American member of the Los Angeles City Council, defeating Peggy Stevenson in the 13th District. His victory was "a near landslide," The Times reported. "I can't promise any special favors to Asians. I'm not trying to make special claims for myself as an Asian," said the 33-year-old former aide to state Sen. David A. Roberti (D-Van Nuys).
June 2, 2006 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Judy Chu and Mike Eng arrived on the political scene in the early 1980s during a tumultuous moment in Southern California's Chinese community. Thousands of immigrants had moved into Monterey Park from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong -- sparking a backlash among longtime residents in the suburb who sought a ban on Chinese-language storefront signs.
January 16, 2006 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
Bill Lee's father was sold as a boy to cover a gambling debt. In the early 1900s, Lee's grandfather lost a wager during a gambling binge in China. With no money to settle up, his only son had to go. The failed bet unloosed a legacy of problem gambling for Lee's family. His father became an obsessive gambler who never mentioned being raised by a man who won him in a card game. "I saw how gambling destroyed my dad," Lee said.
January 21, 1989 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo and California Highway Patrol officials announced a new program Friday to improve the driving habits of Asian immigrant motorists forced to contend with unfamiliar laws, signs and traffic conditions on Los Angeles County roadways. "As our population grows, it's important to reach out to our many drivers, among them immigrants from Asia who don't fully understand our driving system," Woo said during a City Hall press conference.
November 6, 1986
The Los Angeles City Council has approved spending $5,000 to recruit Asian-Americans for the Los Angeles Police Department, according to Councilman Michael Woo, sponsor of the appropriation. Woo said the money will be used for advertisements in Asian community newspapers and flyers distributed at community events. Woo said the "Asian-American community is significantly underrepresented in terms of the number of city police officers."
January 4, 2006 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Retired Army Col. Young O. Kim, one of the most celebrated heroes of World War II and the Korean War, who later became Los Angeles' elder statesman and link among Korean, Japanese and other Asian American communities, has died. He was 86. Kim died Thursday of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
October 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
Jan Stephenson issued a written apology to the Asian community on Saturday for criticizing Asian female golfers in a magazine article. Stephenson said in a story for the November issue of Golf magazine that top-earning Asian players are "killing" the LPGA Tour by not making themselves more available for promotional purposes. She criticized them for playing tournaments and then leaving without talking to the media.
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