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September 8, 2009 | HECTOR TOBAR
Los Angeles is home to an industry that makes dramas and exports them around the world. But there's something wrong about the way our diverse city looks and sounds in big Hollywood films. With a few, notable exceptions, Latinos are usually in the background, doing yardwork or working as nannies, putting on the thick Spanish accents demanded by their scripts. Black characters are often wacky police officers, gangsters or single moms. Asians are technicians or immigrants who look confused.
September 7, 2009 | Carmela Ciuraru
Beyond their kitschy, noisy facades, American Chinatowns are more than a place to find a counterfeit Kate Spade bag, cheap dim sum and tacky souvenirs. For hundreds of thousands of people, Chinatown is home. In "American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods," author Bonnie Tsui immerses herself in some of these communities, exploring their class struggles, rivalries, customs and dialects. "What was most surprising to learn was how little things have changed," she said by phone, "because it's still where new working-class immigrants go because they don't have anywhere else to go. That's a small comfort when you're making your way in a completely unfamiliar place."
August 29, 2009 | Barbara Demick
Thousands of refugees from Myanmar have poured across the border into China in recent weeks amid troubling signs that a 20-year cease-fire between ethnic minorities and Myanmar's military rulers might be unraveling. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said as many as 30,000 people had fled fighting in Myanmar; sources on the Chinese side of the border put the figure at 5,000 to 10,000. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu in a statement Friday urged the Myanmar government to "safeguard the regional stability of its bordering area with China."
August 17, 2009 | Shari Roan
Sean Delshad, 19, probably could have found more enjoyable things to do on a breezy Sunday afternoon. But instead he was waiting his turn at Sinai Temple -- along with dozens of other members of Los Angeles' large Persian Jewish community -- to undergo genetic testing. The UCLA student deposited a few drops of saliva in a tube handed to him by a doctor and, in four to six weeks, he'll learn whether he carries gene mutations for four disorders that are especially prevalent among Persian Jews.
July 28, 2009 | Rich Connell
Latino unemployment in California, which has been rising rapidly, reached 15.7% in the quarter ending June 30, exceeding African American joblessness for the first time in the current economic downturn, according to a new analysis. The state's Latino unemployment is projected to hit nearly 18% a year from now, said the report released Monday by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank.
July 9, 2009 | David Pierson and Barbara Demick
In an escalating campaign to stamp out ethnic violence, Chinese forces Wednesday saturated the northwestern city of Urumqi, helicopters dropped leaflets urging calm, and the local Communist Party boss warned of the death penalty for rioters convicted of killings. "We're determined to maintain social stability," said Urumqi's party chief, Li Zhi, at a news conference. "To those who committed crimes with cruel means, we will execute them."
June 20, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
In the state's continuing political battles over gay marriage, both sides are targeting Latino voters, and a new Los Angeles Times poll illustrates why. Overall, the poll showed a majority of voters in Los Angeles support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry, with 56% in favor and 37% opposed. That finding closely tracked results of November's election, when Proposition 8, which limited marriage to a man and a woman, won statewide but lost in Los Angeles.
June 10, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
In Nigeria's oil-rich Niger River Delta, where Royal Dutch Shell has a tense relationship with communities, activists Tuesday welcomed the company's agreement to pay $15.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it of complicity in the 1995 executions of environmental and human rights advocates. But the activists saw it as a starting point, not the end of the struggle of the Ogoni people and other communities in the region for compensation over Shell's activities.
May 6, 2009 | Reuters
Iraqi soldiers killed a Sunni Arab fighter from a U.S.-allied local militia unit Tuesday and arrested his brother, Iraqi police said. Basim Mohammed was shot during a raid in Abu Ghraib, a predominantly Sunni district on the western outskirts of Baghdad, a police source in the district said. The official, who declined to be named, did not say what charges Mohammed or his brother may have been facing.
April 20, 2009
Re "Barbershop aftershocks," editorial, April 10 I must respond to your editorial about Moreno Valley's actions in the wake of inspections of African American-owned barbershops in our city. We did indeed respond to the community's concerns about the inspections. The mayor at the time was Bill Batey, who is African American. Immediately after the barbershops were inspected, Mayor Batey met with the Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce president. What's more, letters were mailed to every barbershop and cosmetology shop in Moreno Valley inviting owner/operators to a public meeting where the mayor answered questions and addressed barbers' concerns.
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