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February 4, 1996
I was deeply saddened to learn so many Asian women feel a need to westernize their looks with eyelid surgery ("Eye of the Beholder," Jan. 23). I don't fault anyone for wanting to change their appearance, but I seriously question the motive when the desire is merely to look more "American." Julie Akahori looks beautiful in both photos you printed, and her own particular reasons for performing the surgery are understandable, but who's to say one look is better than the other? Your article was remiss in not even mentioning the risks or side effects, including eye damage, that do occur, albeit rarely, when any kind of eyelid surgery is performed.
August 6, 1993 | Reuters
The Philippines on Thursday applauded Japan's belated admission that it had forced Asian women to be sex slaves during World War II, but Filipina victims said an apology was not enough. "The Philippine government is happy that the Japanese government has apologized to the tens of thousands of women who were forced to serve as sex slaves to Japanese soldiers during World War II," Press Secretary Jesus Sison said.
Domestic violence, a subject long suppressed in traditional Asian cultures, will be in the spotlight at a public forum in Los Angeles today as community leaders try to capitalize on the publicity generated by the O.J. Simpson case to draw attention to special problems facing Asian victims.
August 24, 2006 | Barbara E. Hernandez, Special to The Times
EVERY woman of color is hot in bed. Ask any white guy, they'll tell you. Latinas are hot in bed. Asian women are hot in bed. Black women are hot in bed. The fact is -- yeah, we all are. But that's not all that we are. We have centuries of oppression combined in one body that may excite you, Mr. Thousand Oaks, but it also has ambivalent feelings about dating a race of historical colonizers and oppressors.
August 14, 1994 | TOMMY LI
One woman flew commercial planes for a living in the 1930s and '40s. Another opened one of the first restaurants in Chinatown in 1946 and continued cooking meals there until she reached the age of 95. A third helped lead the drive for a Chinatown branch library, which opened in 1977. And a fourth devoted 25 years of her life as a teacher, assistant principal and principal on Los Angeles Unified School District campuses.
October 1, 1989 | PADDY CALISTRO
SUNNY LEE of Los Angeles works as a hairdresser's assistant at Joseph Martin, a trendy Beverly Hills hair salon. Until recently, however, she had a no-makeup look and shoulder-length straight hair with a tired perm--entirely out of character with her career in the beauty industry. Lee, who was born in Korea, didn't want to risk that a makeup artist or hairdresser would try to Westernize her distinctive ethnic looks.
September 12, 1998
We read with interest your article on Asian American news anchors on Los Angeles television stations ("Asian Americans Anchor Their Influence," by Jon Matsumoto, Sept. 4) and were pleased with the well-deserved recognition they received. However, we wish to point out that not all Asian American news reporters are found on the so-called major stations. For example, KSCI-TV Channel 18 presents a nightly Mandarin Chinese news broadcast, originating in our studios, that covers local news throughout Southern California.
June 23, 1991
Makeup made expressly for black women has been around for years, but not until recently has there been a line of American cosmetics developed specifically for Asian women. Call it West meets East. The new Kayla Beverly Hills offers a collection of matte makeup in colors intended to even out the olive or sallow undertones of Asian skin. Foundation ($30) and blush ($25) come two shades to a compact and are meant to be blended as necessary.
May 28, 1995
I am writing this letter in response to your story about an interracial dating service primarily geared toward matching "American men with Asian women." This is an entirely erroneous phrase and implies that America is a race and that race is white. May I remind or inform you that American is not a race? I am a third-generation Japanese American, no less American than anyone else in this country. A few years ago, I taught at a junior college. Each week I went to the copy room. It was divided into copiers specifically for faculty on one side and copiers for clerical help on the other.
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