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June 7, 1993 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A freighter carrying hundreds of illegal Chinese immigrants ran aground off one of New York City's most popular bathing beaches early Sunday. At least seven people perished as waves of immigrants leaped from the ship and struggled to reach shore through chilly Atlantic waters and heavy surf. Rescuers who converged on the beach said they saw hundreds of immigrants jumping off the 150-foot-long, rust-flecked freighter or scrambling down ropes into the water.
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June 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Nepal deported 18 Tibetans to China on Saturday, breaking a long-standing policy of handing refugees over to U.N. authorities and setting a precedent that could cut off the primary route for Tibetans trying to reach the Dalai Lama's exile government in India. The group included women and children as young as 6, according to an American scholar who followed the police motorcade from Nepal's capital, Katmandu, to the Chinese border.
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January 26, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Searchers have found the final missing man who was among 56 Chinese boat people who came ashore in northwestern Australia last month, customs officials said. The man was walking along a road when spotted by searchers in a helicopter. He was about 18 miles from the area where 35 of the boat people showed up 10 days ago. Their wooden boat came ashore on Dec. 31. Most of the others were found last weekend in Australia's harsh outback. They survived by eating snakes, small crocodiles and lizards.
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August 5, 1994 | From Newsday
President Clinton has decided to alter U.S. policy and grant refuge in the United States to Chinese immigrants who claim that they will be punished for opposing abortion in their homeland, government officials said Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1993 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months ago, 35-year-old Ren-Fu Yang arrived on California shores faint and filthy after days of being holed up in a smuggling vessel, drinking saltwater and eating two bowls of cold rice a day. Friday, the slight journalist stepped outside the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles a free man, one of two Chinese nationals smuggled to California from Fujian province to win their political asylum cases this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Chinese men arrested near a shopping center here had been in the country about four days and were part of a larger group of illegal immigrants bound for New York City, immigration officials said Monday. Authorities said the 26 men were among about 100 people who boarded a freighter in China for a monthlong trip across the Pacific.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1993 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some visitors came with Mandarin music videos, Chinese noodles and copies of the New Testament. Another showed up with scissors to clip the locks of the children, whose long voyage from China's coastal province of Fujian landed them in Los Angeles County's juvenile detention centers. About 150 Fujianese youngsters are behind the gates of the county's juvenile halls, after smugglers' efforts to shepherd them unnoticed into California failed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1990 | IRENE CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who identified himself as a former Chinese diplomatic aide on Monday announced that he is seeking political asylum in the United States after an odyssey that he said took him from Bolivia to suburban Los Angeles. Liang Xiang Dong, 27, identifying himself as a former assistant to China's Bolivian ambassador, said he was stripped of his post and ordered to return to Beijing after he made statements sympathetic to the pro-democracy movement crushed by the government in June, 1989.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1990
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service officials said Tuesday they plan to interview a man who says he is a former Chinese diplomatic aide who was stripped of his post for pro-democracy activities. INS spokeswoman Virginia Kice confirmed on Tuesday that the agency has received an application for political asylum from Liang Xiang Dong, 27, who said he was an aide to the Chinese ambassador to Bolivia. Asylum decisions usually are made within six months, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1989 | Reuters
China said Friday that fake travel documents are being used to smuggle citizens abroad and that foreigners and Chinese living outside the country are involved. More than 400 people have been caught using false documents this year and another 33 have been arrested for counterfeiting the documents, the official newspaper People's Daily said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1993 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months ago, 35-year-old Ren-Fu Yang arrived on California shores faint and filthy after days of being holed up in a smuggling vessel, drinking saltwater and eating two bowls of cold rice a day. Friday, the slight journalist stepped outside the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles a free man, one of two Chinese nationals smuggled to California from Fujian province to win their political asylum cases this week.
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August 7, 1993 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months ago, 35-year-old Ren-Fu Yang arrived on California shores faint and filthy after days of being holed up in a smuggling vessel, drinking saltwater and eating two bowls of cold rice a day. Friday, the slight journalist stepped outside the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles a free man, one of two Chinese nationals smuggled to California from Fujian province to win their political asylum cases this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1993 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Chinese nationals from Fujian province who were smuggled to the West Coast on filthy, crowded ships have won political asylum, the first of the recent wave of Chinese immigrants to win their freedom in Southern California, according to local immigration attorneys. One man who was released Wednesday said he was persecuted for violating China's one-child policy. A successful asylum application based on the one-child policy could indicate that scores more Chinese stand a chance of legal U.S.
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July 20, 1993 | CHRIS KRAUL and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS. Kraul reported from San Diego, Warren from San Francisco. Times staff writer David Holley contributed from Beijing
Mexican officials Monday hustled a fourth and final group of Chinese migrants aboard a plane and returned them to China, ending a mass deportation that began with the U.S. Coast Guard's seizure of three ships off the Baja California coast. The 77 Chinese placed aboard a jetliner at Tijuana's international airport brought to 667 the number of emigrants returned by Mexico to China since Saturday, Mexican officials said.
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July 19, 1993 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid reports that additional suspected smuggling vessels were approaching the United States, a third vessel carrying Chinese migrants off Ensenada surrendered Sunday to the Mexican navy, and the passengers were transported quickly to Tijuana for a flight back home. When the L-1011 jet carrying about 300 deportees took off at 12:30 p.m., the total of Chinese migrants from three smuggling boats deported by Mexico over the weekend reached 590.
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July 16, 1993 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were 70 days of unbearable thirst, days spent crammed in the filthy hull of a ship. Then came the terror of an emergency appendectomy in a foreign hospital, and more lonely days holed up in a Monterey Park motel, living on white bread and wondering whether this journey would lead to anything but more fear and pain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Li Chenwang had fled across the interior of China on freight train, bus and foot. He had dodged bullets as he ran across the Chinese border. And he had escaped the gunfire of a jungle war in Burma. His long journey ended in the United States--where he was immediately arrested. "I cried," Li said in a recent interview. "I was scared to death. Never in my life have I been arrested." Li is being held without bond in an Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facility in downtown Seattle.
NEWS
October 26, 1989 | SARA FRITZ and JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The House voted Wednesday to suspend for three years the deportation of illegal immigrants from three nations recently torn by civil strife--China, El Salvador and Nicaragua. It is estimated by the government that there are as many as 800,000 Salvadoran immigrants, 200,000 Nicaraguans and 45,000 Chinese nationals currently living in the United States, either on temporary visas or illegally. About half of the immigrants from El Salvador are believed to be living in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1993 | Scott Harris
We are wearing our white smocks, our hair nets, our plastic goggles. We are ready, then, to enter the production facilities of 3M Pharmaceuticals in Northridge. There are about 30 of us in all. I'm one of the few Americans, having been invited to the 3M facility to join a group of businessmen from the Quangdong Province of the People's Republic of China who have come to the United States to learn more about capitalist ways as China lurches into the global market economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1993 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some visitors came with Mandarin music videos, Chinese noodles and copies of the New Testament. Another showed up with scissors to clip the locks of the children, whose long voyage from China's coastal province of Fujian landed them in Los Angeles County's juvenile detention centers. About 150 Fujianese youngsters are behind the gates of the county's juvenile halls, after smugglers' efforts to shepherd them unnoticed into California failed.
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