• Wisconsin Governor Signed Bill into Law to Add Hmong and AAPI History to Curriculum

    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed a bill into law last week that will require public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade to teach Asian American and Hmong history. Governor Evers signed the bill in Wausau - where Hmong residents comprise of 12% of the population - at an elementary school, where the student body includes 29.7% of Asian American students. The governor says that he hopes the bill will promote greater awareness and understanding of the histories, cultures and tradition of the Hmong community and other Asian American diverse communities.
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  • California Governor Appoints Two Korean American Women Judges

    In early March, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Commissioner Grace A. Kim as Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court and Senior Deputy District Attorney Sophia Choi as a Judge in the Riverside County Superior Court. Judge Kim has experience as a clerk in the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2006-2007 and has served in the U.S. Department of Labor. Judge Choi was Deputy Counsel at the Riverside County Office from 2007 to 2020.
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  • Donation of $5 Million from Chinese American Brothers Has Roots from Kindness of Black Family

    In 1939, Gus and Emma Thompson, a Black couple in California, rented a home in Coronado to a Chinese American family, defying Anti-Asian segregation. 80 years later, Ron Dong and Lloyd Dong Jr., the sons of the Chinese American family, are donating a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the house to support Black college students at San Diego State University. In honor of the Thompsons, the university’s Black Resource Center will be renamed.
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  • 3 Korean Americans Have Been Named Leaders of Influence for Minority Attorneys

    Jason Kim of Blank Rome LLP, Nary Kim of Kendall Brill & Kelly (KBK) LLP, and Daniel Ahn of Reed Smith LLP were recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as among the top 84 most influential minority attorneys in Los Angeles County in 2024. The three Korean American attorneys have extensive experience in their respective fields and have led prominent cases.
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  • Sony Pictures Welcomes Indian American President and COO

    On April 1st, Ravi Ahuja will start his new role as Sony Pictures Entertainment’s president and chief operating officer. Since he joined in 2021, Ahuja has been credited with focusing on the strengths of the independent studio and navigating the realities of the modern TV business.
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  • LAPD Welcomes First Asian American Chief

    Assistant Chief Dominic H. Choi, a Korean American, was unanimously appointed by the civilian Board of Police Commissioners as interim chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. He is the first Asian American and Korean American to head the agency, which he started on March 1st. During his tenure, he pledges to increase diversity within the department. As of January 2024, the agency is composed of 54% Hispanic, 25% White, 9% Black and 8% Asian American officers.
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  • Hispanic and Asian American Homeownership Rates Have Risen in the Last 10 Years

    Asian Americans now have a homeownership rate of 63.3% according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors. Hispanics now have a homeownership rate of 51.1% and reached its highest levels in 2022. In comparison, the rate for White homeownership remains high and unchanged since 2017 at 70%. Minorities face significant barriers to homeownership compared with White homeowners, such as limited inventory and disparities in housing affordability.
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  • Asian American Candidates Disempowered in New Jersey

    New Jersey has more than 1.1 million AAPIs, which is the fastest growing demographic in the state. Primary ballots in New Jersey’s 19 of the 21 counties feature candidates endorsed by the Democratic and Republican parties’ county leadership in generally the first line on the ballot, which is the prime location to capture voters’ eyes. Candidates, including Asian American candidates who are not in the prime location on the ballot, “on the line,” face a massive disadvantage.
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  • The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade Has Taken Place for Over 70 Years Since 1953

    “Lunar New Year” is a sign of respect, both linguistically and culturally, to all the different countries that celebrate the holiday, and its celebration continues to grow in the U.S. Since there is no national recognition, local communities, cities and organizations tend to their own celebrations, creating the opportunity to celebrate the individuality and diversity of counties and cultures that observe it. Togetherness, wellness and good fortune are unifying themes across most Lunar New Year celebrations.
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  • Schools Are Third Most Common Location for Reported Hate Crimes

    The FBI recently released a new report called “Reported Hate Crime at Schools: 2018-2022” that shows following residence/home and highway/road/alley, school was the third most common location for a reported hate crime offense to occur during the entire five-year period. The report shows an increase of hate related crimes at 4,343 in school locations, with 105 anti-Asian offenses reported in the same period. Elementary or secondary schools reported the highest increase from 327 in 2020 to 890 in 2022. This is the first time the FBI and the Justice Department have presented a comprehensive look into hate crime reports in schools.
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    Pay Gap for AANHPI Women Ranges from 49 Cents to 80 Cents Compared to White, Non-Hispanic Men

    The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) released a report on April 3rd, AANHPI Women’s Equal Pay Day, that highlights the pay gap between what AANHPI women make and white non-hispanic men make on average. According to the repost, AANHPI women made, on average, 80 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men made in […]

  • Apr 09, 2024  |  0 Comments

    California EDD to Release Services in Korean and Tagalog

    The Employment Development Department (EDD) in California updated their services in March to expand their services in Korean and Tagalog, along with Armenian. Currently, the online services are currently provided in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.

  • Apr 09, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Federal Forms to Differentiate AAPI Groups for Accurate Data Collection

    An updated directive from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget discloses that federal agencies will be required to update their forms to include new choices of identity beyond the umbrella terms, “Asian American,” “Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander.” Under the Asian category, users will be given the following options:  Chinese, Asian Indian, Filipino, […]

  • Apr 09, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Wisconsin Governor Signed Bill Into Law to Add Hmong and AAPI History to Curriculum

    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed a bill into law last week that will require public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade to teach Asian American and Hmong history. Governor Evers signed the bill in Wausau – where Hmong residents comprise of 12% of the population – at an elementary school, where the student body includes […]

  • Apr 02, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Founder of Midwest’s 1st Korean Language Newspaper Passes Away at 87 

    Yong Wha Kim has passed away at the age of 87, leaving behind a legacy that has impacted the Korean American community in Chicago. Originally born in Korea in 1936, he pursued higher education in the United States and eventually immigrated. He founded the Korea Times Chicago, the Midwest’s first Korea-language newspaper and was an […]

  • Apr 02, 2024  |  0 Comments

    1 out of Every 10 Asian Americans Live in Poverty in the U.S. 

    A recent report from the Pew Research Center reveals that 1 in 10 people of Asian descent live at or below the poverty line in the country. Researchers also found that the challenges and perceptions of poverty differ for Asian American groups based on age and on country of origin. Burmese, Hmong and Mongolian Americans […]

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    Vietnamese American Immigrant Becomes Renowned Restauranteur 

    Khanh Nguyen, a Vietnamese American immigrant, launched Zalat Pizza in 2015 despite no experience in the restaurant business. He quickly distinguished his restaurant by incorporate Vietnamese flavors. Nguyen’s restaurant is proud to place an emphasis on holistic employee welfare and on a sense of community. He credits food as having guided him by saving his […]

  • Apr 02, 2024  |  0 Comments

    California Governor Appoints Two Korean American Women Judges 

    In early March, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Commissioner Grace A Kim as Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court and Senior Deputy District Attorney Sophia Choi as a Judge in the Riverside County Superior Court. Kim has experience as a clerk in the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2006-2007 and has served in […]

  • Mar 26, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Prominent Photographer’s Book Will Focus on AAPI Social Justice Movement

    Corky Lee, a prominent figure and photographer in the Asian American community, passed away from COVID-19 during the pandemic. He was passionate about utilizing photography to memorialize everyday struggles of the Asian American community and to raise awareness of the history of social justice movements. His upcoming book, “Corky Lee’s Asian American,” will be released […]

  • Mar 26, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Grand Rapids City Commission in Michigan Welcomes First Asian American

    75-year-old Bing Goei was unanimously selected to fill the Grand Rapids Third Ward commission position in Michigan. Goei is an Asian American businessman who has lived in Grand Rapids for 64 years and has been an active member of the community. He will now serve the Third Ward alongside Kelsey Perdue until his seat opens […]

  • Mar 26, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Report Finds that South Asian American Students Are Less Likely to Attend Prestigious U.S. Schools 

    A new study highlights the comparison between Asian American and white applicants for admission to prestigious schools in the U.S. Asian American applicants have odds of 28% lower of attending the schools compared with white applicants. For East and Southeast Asian applicants, the odds were 17%. The study suggests that a determining factor could be […]

  • Mar 26, 2024  |  0 Comments

    Donation of $5 Million from Chinese American Brothers Has Roots from Kindness of Black Family 

    In 1939, Gus and Emma Thompson, a Black couple in California, rented a home in Coronado to a Chinese American family, defying Anti-Asian segregation. 80 years later, Ron Dong and Lloyd Dong Jr., the sons of the Chinese American family, are donating a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the house to support […]