Hansi Lo Wang http://kasu.org en In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top http://kasu.org/post/silicon-valley-immigrants-toast-their-way-top Public speaking can be nerve-wracking whatever your native tongue. It can be especially difficult for immigrants who speak English as a second language.<p>In California's Silicon Valley, some immigrant tech workers strengthen their voices by joining public speaking support groups like Toastmasters clubs.<p>Members usually meet once a week to practice giving speeches, which are timed to the second and judged for grammar and presentation. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 43113 at http://kasu.org In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI http://kasu.org/post/harlem-hellfighters-fighting-racism-trenches-wwi The 369th Infantry Regiment served 191 days under enemy fire in Europe. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:58:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 42338 at http://kasu.org The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI Changing Demographics A Factor In Rhode Island's Gubernatorial Race http://kasu.org/post/changing-demographics-factor-rhode-islands-gubernatorial-race Parades, social clubs and awards dinners are part of the routine of political campaigns everywhere. But if you're running to be Rhode Island's next governor, then there's one more stop you just can't miss.<br /> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 41433 at http://kasu.org Changing Demographics A Factor In Rhode Island's Gubernatorial Race To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese http://kasu.org/post/play-part-actors-must-talk-talk-chinese The success of the Netflix series <em>House of Cards</em> lies in the details.<p>The show has consulted with <a href="http://www.boston.com/business/innovation/blogs/inside-the-hive/2014/02/21/house-cards-called-boston-hacker-gregg-housh-give-series-tech-authentic-touch/vJL9SCuowDJ7VlyE0BgC2O/blog.html" target="_blank">computer hackers</a> and <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/02/19/house-of-cards-writer-on-china-u-s-and-power/" target="_blank">political scientists</a> on storylines. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:12:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 40924 at http://kasu.org To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese Asian-American Contestant, 'Villain' Of 'Jeopardy,' Set To Return http://kasu.org/post/asian-american-contestant-villain-jeopardy-set-return If there are any unwritten rules to playing <em>Jeopardy!</em> Arthur Chu may have broken them all.<p>During his four-day winning streak in late January, he sometimes interrupted host Alex Trebek and cut in before the host could finish a sentence. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:53:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 40722 at http://kasu.org Asian-American Contestant, 'Villain' Of 'Jeopardy,' Set To Return For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' http://kasu.org/post/abused-native-american-women-new-law-provides-ray-hope This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice.<p>For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a new program now allows tribes to try some non-Indian defendants in domestic abuse cases.<p>It will be another year before the program expands to other eligible federally-recognized tribes around the country in March 2015. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:07:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 40666 at http://kasu.org For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home http://kasu.org/post/after-tour-medal-wwii-japanese-american-soldiers-returns-home <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83Vd0Qx3sk</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:37:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 40598 at http://kasu.org After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages http://kasu.org/post/walking-down-widening-aisle-interracial-marriages <em>Editor's Note: Code Switch has been engaged in a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/02/14/276543080/what-we-learned-from-our-month-long-exploration-of-xculturelove" target="_blank">month-long exploration</a> of <em>romance across racial and cultural lines</em>. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:53:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 40470 at http://kasu.org Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages National Puerto Rican Day Parade Reorganizes After Misuse Of Funds http://kasu.org/post/ny-attorney-general-reins-national-puerto-rican-day-parade The National Puerto Rican Day Parade will be marching down New York City's Fifth Avenue under new leadership this year.<p>On Thursday, <a href="http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-joins-city-council-speaker-and-community-leaders-announcing-new" target="_blank">New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced</a> that three members of the parade's board of directors, including President Madelyn Lugo and her husband, General Coordinator Luis Rivera, have stepped down. Ten new directors will join the three remaining directors on the all-volunteer board. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 40377 at http://kasu.org National Puerto Rican Day Parade Reorganizes After Misuse Of Funds Even As Ban Lifts, Many Remain Wary Of Tap Water http://kasu.org/post/even-ban-lifts-many-remain-wary-tap-water Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>It's day seven of West Virginia's water crisis. More than half of households and businesses affected by last week's chemical spill now have safe tap water, that's according to the local utility, West Virginia American Water. Officials say they've been routinely testing for lingering traces of the chemical. Out of an abundance of caution thought, authorities are advising pregnant women to drink only bottled water until further notice. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 39245 at http://kasu.org White House Picks Choctaw Nation To Fight Poverty In Oklahoma http://kasu.org/post/white-house-picks-choctaw-nation-fight-poverty-oklahoma Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared his "War on Poverty," President Obama issued his own plan to combat poverty Thursday with the nation's first five "<a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/economicdevelopment/programs/pz" target="_blank">Promise Zones</a>."<p>All "Promise Zones" will receive a competitive advantage when applying for federal grants, on-site support from federal officials, and, pending congressional approval, tax incentives for businesses hiring and investing in the community.<p>The Obama administration plans to select a Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:59:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 39024 at http://kasu.org White House Picks Choctaw Nation To Fight Poverty In Oklahoma Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013 http://kasu.org/post/films-black-actors-directors-go-11-2013 <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/251647213/2014-by-the-numbers" target="_blank">numbers that tell the story of this year</a> — numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. You'll hear the stories behind numbers ranging from zero to 1 trillion.</em><p>When it comes to race and film, the number of the year is 11.<p>I started the count recently at a movie theater just outside Washington, D.C., where I met Kahlila Liverpool. We were there for a movie and a meal with the D.C. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 38612 at http://kasu.org Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013 Chinese-American Descendants Uncover Forged Family Histories http://kasu.org/post/chinese-american-descendants-uncover-forged-family-history What if you discovered the last name you've lived with since birth is fake?<p>That's what happened in many Chinese-American families who first came to the U.S. before World War II, when the <a href="http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=47" target="_blank">Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882</a> banned Chinese laborers from legally entering the country.<p>The law, formally repealed by Congress 70 years ago Tuesday, prompted tens of thousands of Chinese to use forged papers to enter the U.S. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 38137 at http://kasu.org Chinese-American Descendants Uncover Forged Family Histories New Pilot Program Gives Immigrant Detainees Public Defenders http://kasu.org/post/new-pilot-program-gives-immigrant-detainees-public-defenders In the American criminal justice system, you have the right to an attorney. And if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.<p>That's not the case if you're a defendant in U.S. immigration court. Immigration proceedings are civil matters, and the Constitution does not extend the right to court-appointed attorneys to immigrant detainees.<p>But a new pilot program in New York City is trying to change that with the nation's first government-funded public defender service for immigrants facing deportation. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 37431 at http://kasu.org New Pilot Program Gives Immigrant Detainees Public Defenders A New Life For An Old Slave Jail http://kasu.org/post/new-life-old-slave-jail President Abraham Lincoln stood on a battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa., 150 years ago and declared "a new birth of freedom" for the nation.<p>That same year, an African-American man named Lewis Henry Bailey experienced his own rebirth. At age 21, Bailey was freed from slavery in Texas. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:07:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 36993 at http://kasu.org A New Life For An Old Slave Jail Asian-American Lawyers Act Like '22 Lewd Chinese Women' http://kasu.org/post/legal-drama-asian-american-law-group-relives-infamous-cases <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__FwNn-ZwHk</p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 10:20:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 36587 at http://kasu.org Asian-American Lawyers Act Like '22 Lewd Chinese Women' Amid A Rough Patch, Howard University Faces Flagging Morale http://kasu.org/post/hit-wth-rough-patch-howard-university-faces-flagging-morale Howard University, one of the country's most prominent historically black schools, has hit a rough patch in recent months.<p>The school's Faculty Senate recently voted no confidence in leaders of the school's Board of Trustees. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 36375 at http://kasu.org Amid A Rough Patch, Howard University Faces Flagging Morale N.Y. Stop-And-Frisk Reforms On Hold For New Year, New Mayor http://kasu.org/post/appeals-court-blocks-stop-and-frisk-reforms In New York City, the country's largest police force has been involved in a high-profile legal battle over its stop-and-frisk policy.<p>Few policies of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been as controversial as stop-and-frisk, the tactic New York police use to stop people on the streets without a search warrant.<p>The police department says it's been vital in catching criminals and reducing the city's crime rate.<p>Critics dispute those claims and say the NYPD has disproportionately stopped, questioned, and frisked blacks and Latinos without reasonable suspicion.<p>In August, a fe Sun, 03 Nov 2013 12:11:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 36306 at http://kasu.org N.Y. Stop-And-Frisk Reforms On Hold For New Year, New Mayor N.Y. Chinatown Family Finds Roots In Early Chinese Cinema http://kasu.org/post/ny-chinatown-family-finds-roots-early-chinese-cinema Douglas Lee thought he knew just about everything about the family business.<p>Since the late 1930s, the Lee family has sold insurance at 31 Pell Street in New York City's Chinatown. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 35991 at http://kasu.org N.Y. Chinatown Family Finds Roots In Early Chinese Cinema '12 Years' Is The Story Of A Slave Whose End Is A Mystery http://kasu.org/post/12-years-records-enslavement-how-does-story-end There's a true American saga on screens this weekend.<p><em>Twelve Years a Slave</em> tells the story of Solomon Northup. He was an African-American musician from New York — a free man, until he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., and sold into slavery. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:44:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 35669 at http://kasu.org '12 Years' Is The Story Of A Slave Whose End Is A Mystery 'Linsanity': For Asian Fans, It Felt Just Like 'Young Love' http://kasu.org/post/linsanity-asian-fans-it-felt-just-young-love <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q14ooGPJZBs</p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 10:37:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 35065 at http://kasu.org 'Linsanity': For Asian Fans, It Felt Just Like 'Young Love' After Drop, Number Of Immigrants Illegally In U.S. Levels Off http://kasu.org/post/after-drop-number-immigrants-illegally-us-levels The latest estimate by the Pew Research Center puts the number of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. at 11.7 million.<p>This new number, based on U.S. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:56:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 34557 at http://kasu.org After Drop, Number Of Immigrants Illegally In U.S. Levels Off Stuck In Poverty Amid Signs Of Recovery http://kasu.org/post/stuck-poverty-amid-signs-recovery For the third year in a row, the poverty rate has remained stuck at about 15 percent. Nearly one in six Americans was living in poverty in 2012, according to <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p60-245.pdf" target="_blank">a new report</a> by the Census Bureau. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 20:55:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 34477 at http://kasu.org Stuck In Poverty Amid Signs Of Recovery 'Baby Veronica' Custody Battle Continues http://kasu.org/post/baby-veronica-custody-battle-continues The U.S. Supreme Court may have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/26/195787510/Supreme-Court-Sides-With-Adoptive-Family-In-Dispute" target="_blank">decided almost three months ago</a> the case known as <em>Adoptive Couple</em> <em>v. Baby Girl</em>. But the young Native American girl known as "Baby Veronica," who turns 4 years old on Sunday, is still stuck in legal limbo.<p>Many child custody cases are inherently messy, but Veronica's case has been especially complex because she is an American Indian child. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:19:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 34036 at http://kasu.org 'Baby Veronica' Custody Battle Continues Asians-Only Volleyball Brings Community Together http://kasu.org/post/asians-only-volleyball-brings-community-together Volleyball games are stopping traffic on one of Washington, D.C.'s landmark streets, Pennsylvania Avenue, this Labor Day weekend.<p>More than 1,000 players from across the U.S. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 09:46:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 33567 at http://kasu.org Asians-Only Volleyball Brings Community Together