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August 9, 1996
The nation's Asian American population has long been acclaimed as the "model minority" for its achievements in education, the professions and business. But this is a diverse group, composed of both immigrants and U.S.-born citizens of Asian and Pacific heritage, and has had its share of problems. Many have found the American dream elusive, and even some of those who achieve it are paying a price.
March 14, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The nation's busiest seaport complex had a down month for cargo statistics in February compared with a year earlier, but officials blamed it in part on an early Chinese New Year's celebration that idled factories in that nation. Combined, for example, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach moved a total of 445,835 cargo containers carrying imported goods last month. That was a decline of 12.5% from a year earlier. Chinese factories traditionally close for the celebration for a week of more, said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Long Beach port.
Few places on Earth have been described in such rich statistical detail. But then, the Pacific Rim is an idea in search of a definition, and it needs something tangible to glue it together. That's why anyone with a stomach for numbers can discover the growth rate of its aggregate GNP, the output in megawatts of its new power plants or the purchasing power of its emerging middle class. Memorize some of this minutia and you're a Pacific Rim expert.
July 11, 2009 | Barbara Demick and David Pierson
Wearing a dirty striped T-shirt, scuffed loafers and dusty cargo pants, Liu Xiuyi arrived in Urumqi last week after a 56-hour train ride that took him from the east coast to the farthest reaches of China's northwest. Like the young Americans who in the 19th century followed Horace Greeley's imperative to "Go west, young man," the 26-year-old Liu left home in search of a job, space and opportunity.
February 1, 1998
The California Coastal Commission will decide during the first week of February whether to approve a modest expansion of Soka University's Calabasas campus. The debate over the university's future has been ongoing since 1990, and the commission's approval is the last step in a regulatory process that has largely incorporated the concerns of local residents. The current proposal is supported by a range of groups that include the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
May 15, 2004 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may be headed for China and Japan later this year as part of a campaign to use his celebrity to market California and promote international trade. The Asia trip -- to last at least a week -- would follow a shorter trip to Mexico being considered for this summer. Over a three-day span earlier this month, the governor visited Israel, Jordan and Germany.
October 25, 2006
ANGELENOS DIDN'T GET to cast a vote in Panama's referendum Sunday, but it could have a major effect on what is arguably the region's most important industry. And no, we don't mean Hollywood; L.A.'s port complex is the largest in the nation, and world trade routes might be on the verge of a significant switch. Panamanians overwhelmingly supported a $5.
February 13, 1994 | Researched by ADAM S. BAUMAN / Los Angeles Times
What will the economy of the future look like? No one can predict exactly how economic growth patterns will evolve. But, based on past and current trends, it's possible to project which jobs will grow--or shrink in the years ahead. * The geography of the economy will be as uneven tomorrow as it is today. A coming boom in multimedia and interactive technology, for instance, could benefit the Hollywood area and the San Fernando Valley.
September 16, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times
The masterminds of an international rhinoceros horn smuggling ring pleaded guilty in a Los Angeles federal court to illegal wildlife trafficking, money laundering and tax evasion. The pleas Friday wrapped up the first phase of a nationwide crackdown on the lucrative horn trade to Asia. Vinh Chuong "Jimmy" Kha and Felix Kha, who have been jailed since their homes and import-export business in Garden Grove and Westminster were raided in February, probably face about five more years in prison under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
March 18, 2013 | By Don Lee and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
California's jobless rate was unchanged at 9.8% in January for the second straight month, and that lack of improvement put the Golden State in a tie with Rhode Island for the worst unemployment in the U.S. On the other end of the spectrum, North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate, 3.3%, the government said Monday in releasing updated and revised employment data for all 50 states. California will release its county-by-county breakdown of jobs Friday, which economists expect will reflect the slow growth that is predicted in the state for 2013.
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