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August 7, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Working together, Korean and Muslim American officials in Los Angeles are appealing to both Afghan and Taliban leaders to push for the release of the remaining 21 South Koreans being held hostage by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
May 23, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 80% of all Muslim Americans say suicide bombings in defense of Islam are never justified, although one in four younger Muslims say such attacks are acceptable in some circumstances, according to a nationwide study released Tuesday. The survey of 1,050 Muslim adults by the Pew Research Center paints a picture of a richly diverse, complex and still largely immigrant community that for the most part has blended comfortably into American life.
September 8, 2006 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A Muslim homemaker from La Habra Heights, assuming authorities monitor her charity donations, has stopped giving to "any Muslim charity that touched my heart" and now contributes to less-suspected organizations. In Sacramento, a young imam has broken with an ancient tradition among Muslim prayer leaders by shaving part of his beard to appear less threatening to non-Muslims. Since Sept. 11, 2001, they say, increased scrutiny and suspicion have made them more cautious about expressing their faith.
August 24, 2006
Cindy Chang's annoyance with Americans who ask her if she speaks English ["Just Consider Her the Girl Next Door," Aug. 17] reminds me of the pharmacist with the Chinese name and accent who insisted on addressing me in Spanish. I was born in the U.S. and speak English without an accent, so I found the woman's decision to practice her Spanish on me amusing and, yes, slightly off-putting. Ms. Chang has discovered that life is not fair. But Ms. Chang attempts to make a connection between her pique and the 1942 internment of Japanese Americans and what is causing Muslim Americans to be singled out today.
March 4, 2006 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
After Friday-night prayers, inside a modest mosque behind a McDonald's on Murchison Avenue in Pomona, nearly 400 Muslims were gathered for a rare town hall meeting on the situation in Iraq. They were Shiites and Sunnis, men, women and children from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds from throughout Southern California. But, inside Ahlul-Beyt Mosque, a Shiite house of worship, those labels appeared not to matter.
February 22, 2006 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
When suicide bombers blew up a London subway last year in an attack that British police suspect involved several local Muslims, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca began questioning what else he could do to help prevent homegrown terrorism here. So he called a man he thought could offer some answers: Maher Hathout, senior advisor to the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council.
November 20, 2005 | Diane Winston, Diane Winston is Knight chair in media and religion at USC. She can be reached at
KARIMA ALAVI, an American convert to Islam, has a quick comeback for critics of hijab, the head covering worn by Muslim women: Get over it! "People make assumptions when they look at me because of the fabric on my head," Alavi told a group of journalists attending a seminar this month on media coverage of Islam and Muslims in the United States. "I was at a Dunkin' Donuts in Virginia, and a man was staring at me. Finally he came over and said, 'How could you?'
November 13, 2005 | Salam Al-Marayati, SALAM AL-MARAYATI is executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
AS THE DEATH TOLL rises from the suicide bombings in Amman, Jordan, and as France, Britain and other European states confront home-grown Muslim violence, it is not surprising that Americans are beginning to wonder: Is the U.S. immune? The question has been raised occasionally during the five years since 9/11. Could it happen here? What are the thoughts and feelings of the 3 million to 6 million Muslims in the United States?
February 19, 2005 | Lillian Nakano, Lillian Nakano is a third-generation Japanese American from Hawaii and was active in the redress campaign as a member of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress. She lives in Torrance.
Feb. 19, 1942, was a day that changed the lives of Japanese Americans forever. I was a teenager growing up in Hawaii when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which set into motion the removal and incarceration of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry in inland concentration camps. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, a tense atmosphere of suspicion and hysteria engulfed the West Coast and Hawaii.
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