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May 29, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Ronald T. Takaki, a prolific and controversial scholar who helped pioneer the field of ethnic studies and wrote animated histories about blacks, Asians, Latinos and other marginalized Americans during four decades on the UC Berkeley faculty, has died. He was 70. Takaki killed himself at his Berkeley home Tuesday, his son Troy said. The scholar had struggled for nearly 20 years with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating neurological disease for which there is no cure.
March 31, 2008 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Coronary artery calcium scanning -- a method that takes images of the coronaries and uses them to predict heart attack risk -- has soared in popularity over the last decade. But controversy has dogged the test for two reasons: a lack of scientific evidence that it can predict risk in people of all ethnicities and doubts about its cost-effectiveness. One of those issues appears to be resolved.
You don't have to be a crusading right-winger to recognize that University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill, who compared the victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack to Nazis, is an extremist, an ideologue whose scholarship is less than objective. Nor do you have to be a flame-throwing left-winger to agree that the university where he was once director of the ethnic studies department shouldn't have ditched him the way it did. It needed to do much, much more.
July 10, 2007 | Maria L. La Ganga and Sara Lin, Times Staff Writers
Over the next half-century, California's population will explode by nearly 75%, and Riverside will surpass its bigger neighbors to become the second most populous county after Los Angeles, according to state Department of Finance projections released Monday. California will near the 60-million mark in 2050, the study found, raising questions about how the state will look and function and where all the people and their cars will go.
February 13, 2007
Re "Would Obama be 'black president'?" Feb. 10 I am surprised that no one has pointed out that 30 to 40 years ago, "black" referred to those we now speak of as African Americans. However, with the substantial immigration since 1965 of West Indians, Africans and others who are recognizably partially or wholly of African lineage (such as from Brazil and Panama), "black" has actually become an umbrella term for all those in America of African descent. Those of us teaching and writing about race and ethnicity emphasize that "black" is no longer synonymous only with African Americans; that is a dated notion that obscures our very altered reality in contemporary America.
October 1, 2006
Re "Railroading injustice," Opinion, Sept. 28 Yale University professor Bruce Ackerman wrote: "The Korematsu case -- upholding the military detention of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II -- has never been explicitly overruled." Although it is true that Korematsu challenged the military's authority to incarcerate civilians without a trial, the Supreme Court in 1944 deliberately limited its ruling in the case to Korematsu's violation of the May 1942 Civilian Exclusion Order.
April 26, 2004
I want to applaud Roger Arnold for "Way That Grades Are Set Is a Mark Against Professors" (Commentary, April 22). Grade inflation seriously affects not just faculty up for promotion and tenure but all of us who are teachers. Since student evaluations of their professors are now commonplace, those of us who have tried to maintain firm standards find ourselves being sharply criticized by students because of their higher grade expectations. The fact that far too many instructors have caved in, or compromised, on this issue has only reinforced students' belief that tough teachers are unreasonable.
February 19, 2003 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
UCLA's four ethnic studies centers made an unusual public plea Tuesday to boost faculty diversity and expand courses and research. At a news conference and town hall meeting at UCLA, the directors of the research centers said their hiring proposal and related campus diversity initiatives are crucial because of California's changing demographics.
Henry Silva is one of those character actors who are the glory of American motion pictures--we may not know his name, but we instantly recognize him in the dozens of vivid roles he has played over the years: A Korean manservant in "The Manchurian Candidate," an Indian brave in "The Plainsman," a Sicilian mobster in "Johnny Cool." His all-purpose ethnicity says something profound about how Hollywood has denied and reinvented the racial and cultural identities of some of its finest actors.
There were times when Siris Barrios, now a 20-year-old urban planning major at Cal State Northridge, wouldn't even admit she was born in El Salvador. Her parents rarely discussed the civil war there or their trek to the United States. At the public schools near her Watts home, her Mexican American peers looked down on her, she said, recalling a Spanish-language vulgarity she would hear directed toward Salvadorans.
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