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February 9, 1987 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
When a Southeast Asian refugee on welfare chooses to work in the underground economy, it is often for reasons beyond simple greed. Resettlement workers and county officials say the formation of a vast underground economy must be viewed in the context of three decades of war in Vietnam and a United States that has embraced a million refugees from Southeast Asia without providing the proper training and assistance for self-sufficiency.
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October 6, 1998 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Irena Janjic and her family left Bosnia six years ago with nothing but the clothes they were wearing, fleeing a war that ravaged their lives as well as their hometown of Sarajevo. In April, 19-year-old Irena arrived in the United States and now has what often eludes arriving refugees: a job.
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NEWS
February 10, 1987 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
Inside a boarded-up storefront on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Mai Nguyen works 14 hours a day, seven days a week, as a seamstress. From morning to midnight, hunched over a sewing machine and a pile of fabric, the Vietnamese mother of three sews one identical garment after the other for cash wages that average $1.75 an hour. She and a dozen other seamstresses, all refugees from Vietnam, share a cramped, dingy workroom that lacks heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.
NEWS
February 10, 1987 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
Inside a boarded-up storefront on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Mai Nguyen works 14 hours a day, seven days a week, as a seamstress. From morning to midnight, hunched over a sewing machine and a pile of fabric, the Vietnamese mother of three sews one identical garment after the other for cash wages that average $1.75 an hour. She and a dozen other seamstresses, all refugees from Vietnam, share a cramped, dingy workroom that lacks heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.
NEWS
February 9, 1987 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
Thousands of Southeast Asian refugees throughout California are collecting welfare benefits while illegally earning thousands of dollars a year in a vast underground economy, an investigation by The Times has found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1998 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Irena Janjic and her family left Bosnia six years ago with nothing but the clothes they were wearing, fleeing a war that ravaged their lives as well as their hometown of Sarajevo. In April, 19-year-old Irena arrived in the United States and now has what often eludes arriving refugees: a job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2001 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The words of the Persian-language broadcast cut Mohammad Reza Pedram's family like shards of glass: The former Reseda man who helped hundreds of refugees find jobs in Los Angeles was believed to be dead, executed over the weekend by his Iranian jailers on trumped-up charges of spying. It's a conclusion Pedram's wife and three children refuse to accept, however.
NEWS
April 9, 1987 | KATHLEEN HENDRIX, Times Staff Writer
As their Soviet visitors looked on, the seventh-graders in Merrell Frankel's social studies class raised hands to indicate what world problems they considered important. With all 29 voting, it was AIDS, 29; terrorism, 27; disease, 17; nuclear war, 15; and teen pregnancy, 14. Apartheid and racism, poor economy, gangs and world hunger did not score as high. When 29 hands went up for AIDS, the eight Soviet women exchanged silent glances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1987 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
An anti-communist group has claimed responsibility, in a letter postmarked in San Jose and received Wednesday by at least two Vietnamese-language newspapers in Orange County, for setting the fire in which editor and publisher Tap Van Pham was killed Sunday. The letter, dated Aug.
NEWS
December 17, 1988 | ROBIN WRIGHT, Times Staff Writer
Shortly after the Reagan Administration made the dramatic announcement that it would begin talks with the Palestine Liberation Organization, the State Department issued a secret alert to American diplomatic and military facilities overseas warning about a potential new rash of terrorism. "Every past peace process has coincided with new violence.
NEWS
February 9, 1987 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
Thousands of Southeast Asian refugees throughout California are collecting welfare benefits while illegally earning thousands of dollars a year in a vast underground economy, an investigation by The Times has found.
NEWS
February 9, 1987 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
When a Southeast Asian refugee on welfare chooses to work in the underground economy, it is often for reasons beyond simple greed. Resettlement workers and county officials say the formation of a vast underground economy must be viewed in the context of three decades of war in Vietnam and a United States that has embraced a million refugees from Southeast Asia without providing the proper training and assistance for self-sufficiency.
BUSINESS
July 24, 1994 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ask Tho Phan what job he is seeking, and the 21-year-old newcomer from Vietnam provides a quick answer. "Electrical assembly," he says, his boyish face beaming. "I want the job with electrical assembly." It may not seem like a dream job, but even before arriving in Westminster four months ago, Phan had heard reports of compatriots who found work in electronics assembly and turned them into careers, moving up to positions as inspectors, technicians and supervisors.
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