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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1992
In many ways Sid Thompson is a logical choice to become interim chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District following the unexpected resignation of Supt. Bill Anton. So it is most unfortunate that ethnic politics has overshadowed the reports that he is favored for the temporary post by a majority of the school board.
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April 8, 2012 | By Dustin Roasa, Special to the Los Angeles Times
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — When Abdullah Hussain released his novel "Interlok" in 1971, the author could not have known the impact it would have on this Muslim-majority country. Few at the time read the Malay-language book, which portrays the interlocking lives of ethnic Malay, Chinese and Indian families in pre-independence British Malaya. But four decades later, the book became a sensation. It has galvanized the country's Indians — a mostly poor minority that is traditionally known for political passivity — after they objected to its portrayal of Indian characters.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
A ferociously contested congressional race in the San Gabriel Valley has emerged as a classic test of the power of ethnic politics in the aftermath of Barack Obama's racial breakthrough in the presidential election. The election Tuesday to fill the House seat vacated by U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis also spotlights the clashing political aspirations of two of California's fastest growing ethnic groups, Asians and Latinos.
WORLD
August 17, 2009 | Associated Press
Bombs hidden in plastic bags near a falafel stand exploded at a market in a mainly Shiite Muslim area of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 21, Iraqi officials said. It was the latest in a series of bombings targeting Shiites and minorities in the capital and northern Iraq. The bags packed with explosives were left in a pile of garbage and exploded shortly before 8 p.m. as the district was crowded with people enjoying the evening. Several nearby stores were also damaged, said police and hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information.
OPINION
November 1, 1998 | Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, an associate editor at Pacific News Service, is a research fellow at the Pepperdine Institute for Public Policy
In the last two election cycles, California was convulsed by two high-profile, racially charged ballot initiatives--Proposition 187 in 1994 and Proposition 209 two years later--that exposed its social fault lines. By contrast, the current general-election campaign has been politically and racially benign. Indeed, racial dissonance seems conspicuously absent from the political dialogue. Has the importance of race and ethnicity quietly declined in the most ethnically diverse state in the U.S.?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1989 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
About a month ago, attorney Theodore M. Shaw of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund stepped into an elevator outside his Spring Street office and rode upstairs. On the 11th floor, he walked a few steps to the office of Richard J. Fajardo, a lawyer for the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. The subject of the meeting: The suits by the U.S.
OPINION
May 14, 1995 | Xandra Kayden, Xandra Kayden, who teaches at UCLA's School of Public Policy and Social Research, is writing a book on the political structure of Los Angeles. She is the author of "Surviving Power" (Free Press).
When Mayor Richard Riordan recently introduced his second budget, he hailed his usual priorities--crime and a better business climate--and endorsed a new one--improving the lives of families and neighborhoods. His budget, overall, reflects the ideas of his many task forces--an inevitable breath of fresh air after a long incumbency--and the experience his Administration gained last year.
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September 9, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long after the furor over clemency for Puerto Rican nationalists dies down, the contretemps that enveloped President Clinton and clouded Hillary Rodham Clinton's U.S. Senate campaign will stand as a textbook example of the nuances and pitfalls of ethnic politics in New York.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1996 | FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is assistant to the editor of The Times and a regular columnist
I like ethnic politics, not least because they help keep our American experiment in democracy fresh and inclusive. Without the Irish politics of Boston's wards, this country might never have known John and Robert Kennedy. Decades later, the success of the Kennedys still inspires people of all ethnic groups to reach for the highest levels of public service. But when ethnic politics are not practiced with the grace and style of the Kennedys, they can seem alienating--even threatening.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
Some City Hall politicians want to have the candidates for Los Angeles chief of police do tryouts at public hearings, just as the aspirants for school superintendent did last month. The hearings would have no direct impact on the result. The Police Commission selects three finalists for the job, and Mayor Richard Riordan chooses the chief from that list. But the public hearings could have an impact on public opinion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2009 | Michael Finnegan
A ferociously contested congressional race in the San Gabriel Valley has emerged as a classic test of the power of ethnic politics in the aftermath of Barack Obama's racial breakthrough in the presidential election. The election Tuesday to fill the House seat vacated by U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis also spotlights the clashing political aspirations of two of California's fastest growing ethnic groups, Asians and Latinos.
OPINION
January 9, 2008
Re "First aid for Kenya," editorial, Jan. 4 This editorial rightly warns of possible spiraling ethnic violence in Kenya, and your call for aggressive international mediation of its presidential election dispute is certainly prudent. Already, hundreds of Kenyans have lost their lives, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Those fomenting ethnic strife in Kenya should be put on notice that the world is watching. All sides -- especially President Mwai Kibaki's government, which apparently conducted a fraudulent election -- must be flexible to lessen tensions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2006 | Ashley Powers and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
Long a caldron of tension over race and immigration issues, Orange County demonstrated in this week's balloting that while it has undergone enormous demographic shifts, it still struggles with its changing complexion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2006 | Jim Newton, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa likes to be liked -- he laughs at his own jokes, enjoys telling stories about himself and he soaks up an adoring crowd. Yet, in purely political terms, Villaraigosa's best moment in recent days was telling a group of protesting students that they should return to school -- and being booed by them.
OPINION
March 5, 2005
Re "Do Asian Americans Count in L.A.?" Commentary, Feb. 28: Raphael Sonenshein's article is very insightful. Asian Americans tend to scrutinize candidates' qualifications and the issues, and, as a result, they are less inclined to automatically vote for candidates of the same ethnic background. Second, in the suburban bedroom communities with significant Asian populations, they are increasingly viewed as an aversion or even a threat to the community. As a result, often Asian candidates are voted against regardless of their merits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A runoff election today for a city supervisor's seat could make some political history. The competitors are Chinese American Fiona Ma and Palestinian American Ron Dudum. If Ma loses, it would be the first time in 16 years the board has lacked an Asian member. If Dudum wins, he would be the board's first Arab American. Ma came in first among eight candidates in the November general election, leading Dudum by 114 votes out of about 18,000 cast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1992 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A middle-aged corporate lawyer and a 65-year-old college professor make an unlikely pair of demagogues. Yet their blunt comments about immigrants have made Tom Houston and Julian Nava the first in a large field of mayoral candidates to hit a political hot button.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1999
Re "Like It or Not, in Politics, Race Still Matters," column by Agustin Gurza, Nov. 9: If people actually believe that "we have moved beyond" the need for ethnic politics, to them I say, "Wake up!" Until that elusive and mythical "even playing field" is attained, minorities will always need compassionate, able and caring representation to voice their needs. Let's not kid ourselves: The race card is played at every level and for every demographic group, not just for minorities.
OPINION
May 20, 2001 | FRANK del OLMO, Frank del Olmo is an associate editor of The Times. and
Nearly lost amid all the attention being focused on the final weeks of Los Angeles' mayoral campaign was a special election that was held on the Eastside last week. Yet its outcome offers as much hope for the future of ethnic politics in this city as the possibility that a Latino like Antonio Villaraigosa may be elected mayor without his ethnicity becoming a major issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2001
The picture of Los Angeles that's emerging from the 2000 census data is a city more ethnically mixed than ever. But you wouldn't know that from the parochial campaign messages filling our mailboxes and airwaves. The parts of the nation's decennial national head count released last week find that no one ethnic group can claim a majority in Los Angeles now. Latinos make up about 46% of the city, with whites at 32%, blacks 12% and Asians 11%.
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