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  • Special Events Mark Filipino-American History Month
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: October 28, 2015
    News Source: Asian Journal

    The Filipino -American History Month, observed in the month of October, is about to end, and here are just some of the special events, which include a proposed legislation, that have marked the celebration. [[googlead]] First, there is the proposed joint Congress resolution urging the formal recognition of the Filipino-American History Month. According to the Asian Journal, the month-long event, which is in celebration and recognition of Filipino-American heritage and the growing culture in the United States, was started to be observed in 1991 by the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), yet the event has never been formally recognized permanently, despite previous resolutions passed. “There hasn’t yet been national legislation that proves October as Filipino American Heritage month [in] perpetuity,” said Joan May Cordova, a leader in FANHS. October has been chosen as the fitting month to hold this event as it commemorates the first Filipino presence on US soil on Oct. 18, 1587, when the very first Filipinos arrived on the central coast of California, in what is now Morro Bay. Asian Journal continues in its article. Then there is the celebration in honor of Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong in the state of California on October 25, his birthday. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill over the summer to establish Itliong's birthday, Oct. 25, as Larry Itliong Day, a report by NBC News says. Though not a name immediately associated with the farm labor movement of the 1960s in California, Itliong was the one who led Cesar Chavez to the picket lines that cemented Chavez' place in the history books, NBC News also says. - <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/larry-itliong-day-celebrated-honor-filipino-american-laborer-leader-n450046">click here</a> For the past 30 years, Filipino-American students have been gathering in the name of " "Spirt, Pride, Unity, Friendship," celebrating "Friendship Games." According to a Neon Tommy news, the yearly Friendship Games event is the largest self-organized gathering of Filipino students in the country. [...] Each year, Filipino student organizations from the western United States gather at CSUF to compete in unique picnic games throughout the day. - <a href="http://www.neontommy.com/news/2015/10/themed-friendship-games-unite-filipino-americans-30-years">click here</a> DiversityWorking.com, the largest diversity job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can post veterans jobs for your diversity and equal employment opportunity requirements. Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now. ...
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  • Fiipino American Labor Leader Given a Special Day of Honor in California
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: October 26, 2015
    News Source: NBC News

    The late Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong has been given a special day of honor in the state of Califirnia, through a bill signed by CA Gov. Jerry Brown establishing Itliong's birthday on October 25 as Larry Itliong Day, NBC News said. Thus, for the first time, California will be honoring the man who spearheaded the farm labor movement in the state in order to fight for better wages and equal treatment. [[googlead]] "It's beyond time, but better late than never,"[California Assemblyman Rob] Bonta, the first Filipino American to serve in the California State Assembly, told NBC News. "We are uplifting the legacy of the great Larry Itliong." [...]"[Itliong's] tremendous leadership with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee [AWOC] with the Delano Grape Strike of 1965, everything he did to start the farm labor movement in this country hasn't been remembered the way it should," Bonta said. Assemblyman Rob Bonta authored the bill granting to honor Larry Itliong. According to the news, Itliong led the first walkout of farm laborers on Sept. 8, 1965 because refused to honor the union's demand for wages of $1.40 an hour. He managed to convince Cesar Chavez, founder of the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), to join forces with him, and thus, the story continues, "by Sept. 16, the NFWA took a vote and the farm workers were united. With that merger came about the United Farm Workers with Chavez as the leader - as more workers were migrating from Mexico - while Itliong was second in command. Itliong embodied many a young men who went to the U.S. to seek a better life, expecting to work in the fields, but he also differentiated himself from the rest through his courage and steel determination. Finding that Filipinos were laboring out in the fields for less than a dime an hour, something stirred him to begin his first labor strike in 1930, just within a year of his arrival to the US. He was only 16 at the time. "I have the ability to make that white man know I am just as mean as anybody in this world," Itliong said. "I could make him think, and I could make them recognize that I'm a mean son of a bitch in terms of my direction fighting for the rights of Filipinos in this country. Because I feel we are just as good as any of them. I feel we have the same rights as any of them. Because in that Constitution, it said that everybody has equal rights and justice. You've got to make that come about. They are not going to give it to you." Such legacy of courage, hard work and strong leadership at a time when Filipinos were treated as poor aliens are what he leaves his family and the new generation of Filipino Americans. For what Itliong represents, Bonta said it's not far-fetched to consider a commemorative day beyond the state of California, especially with the national population of Filipino Americans growing to 3.4 million, according to 2010 Census data. (NBC News) DiversityWorking.com, the largest diversity job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can post jobs for veterans who can readily fill your diversity and equal employment opportunity requirements. Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now. ...
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  • "Model Minority" Myth Topic of Column Ignited Conversation, Criticism
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: October 23, 2015
    News Source: The Washington Post

    Many Asian Americans are said to be offended by a column that talks of the so-called "model minority" myth. The column, "The Asian Advantage" written by Nicholas Kristoff and published by The New York Times "...sparked lots of conversation and criticism,” the Washington Post reported Kristoff as saying. [[googlead]] The contentious column begins with the question "Why are Asian-Americans so successful in America?" and this is what has offended many Asian Americans. According to the Washington Post article reporting on this controversy -- While Kristof’s intent with the column was to confront past responses from readers who had pointed to the Asian American community as proof that “white privilege” doesn’t exist, many felt that he has done so by perpetuating a harmful, decades-old “model minority” myth about the supposedly universally accepted notion that all Asian Americans are successful. Writer Kristoff, on the other hand, seems to welcome the uproar that ensued after his column was published: “Thanks for joining the conversation, whether you were patting me on the back or whacking me over the head.” Among the objections raised against his column, according to his critics, is "unfairly pitting Asian Americans against African Americans; they ironically pointed out that Kristof was embodying the title of a series he published last year, “When Whites Just Don’t Get It.” Many Asian Americans do take offense in being lumped together and seen as enjoying a more successful life than other racial groups, when in fact, Asian Americans belong to different groups, and those especially from Southeast Asian communities do face hardships. As the Washington Post continues to quote one response, “We’re not monolithically doing well,” Christopher Kang, director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, told The Washington Post. “Some Asian groups have a high education attainment and median household income, while others are struggling.” The latter, Kang said, are largely overlooked in conversations about Asian Americans. Hence, for many Asian Americans, the 'model minority" myth is unfair and causes more disadvantages instead. DiversityWorking.com, the largest diversity job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can post veteran jobs for your diversity and equal employment opportunity requirements.Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now ...
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  • Asians Seen to Become Largest Immigrant Group in the US, Study Says
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: October 04, 2015
    News Source: Yahoo News

    Presently, Hispanic Americans form the biggest US immigrant group, but they will be surpassed by Asians, who according to a new study by the Pew Research Center, will increase from 26 percent of the immigrant population to 38 percent, and Hispanics will decrease from 47 to 31 percent. [[googlead]] For now, Asians comprise 6% of the total US population, but they will increase by 14% by 2065. Immigration in the past 50 years has characterized the demographic population of the country, the Pew Research Center said, according to a news report by Yahoo: Pew study suggests that in the past 50 years since the Immigration and Nationality Act was passed, almost 59 million immigrants have moved to the US, pushing the total foreign-born population up to a record 14 percent. This trend will continue in the years to come, with an 88 percent increase of immigrants comprising the US population between 2015 and 2065. Moreover, there will be a change as well in the composition of the country's immigrants, the Pew Research Center study predicts. The actual change is expected to come in 2055, when Asians will become the largest immigrant group at 36 percent, compared with Hispanics at 34 percent. White immigrants to America, 80 percent back in 1965, will hover somewhere between 18 and 20 percent with black immigrants in the 8 percent to 9 percent range, the study said, another Yahoo News reported. - <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/study-asians-expected-become-largest-us-immigrant-group-040848962--politics.html">click here</a> Politically, this shift will not see much change in that the Democrats are still expected to own the immigrant vote due to the still increasing Hispanic population and the political indifference of Asians. Asian Americans are noted to have a "low voter turnout" experts say. In 2010, only 31 percent of registered Asian-American voted, below the turnout of other demographic groups such as Hispanics, whites, and African-Americans, Yahoo News says in its report. DiversityWorking.com, the largest diversity job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can post veteran jobs for your diversity and equal employment opportunity requirements.Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now. ...
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  • Charges of Racial Discrimination Filed Against Ivy League Schools
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: June 04, 2015
    News Source: Business Insider

    An Asian American student, Michael Wang, who has a perfect ACT score and 13 Advanced Placement courses has filed charges of discrimination against 3 Ivy League schools. It will be recalled that last month, more than 60 groups of Asian Americans filed their own discrimination charges against Harvard University. [[googlead]] An Asian-American, Wang suspected his race might work against him. But he was still shocked when he was rejected by Stanford and every Ivy League school except for the University of Pennsylvania.[...]Wang said that after he was rejected from most of the Ivies, he filed a complaint with the US Department of Education alleging that Yale, Stanford, and Princeton discriminated against him because he was Asian-American. According to one opinion article, Asian Americans do deserve better at Ivy Leagues, and the discrimination complaints that have been coming from several others show that indeed, these "highly selective schools" do discriminate against Asian American students. A 2004 study by Thomas Espenshade, Chang Y. Chung, and Joan L. Walling, current and former members of the sociology department at Princeton University, one of these very highly selective universities, states, "The bonus for African-American applicants is roughly equivalent to an extra 230 SAT points (on a 1600-point scale), to 185 points for Hispanics, 200 points for athletes, and 160 points for children of alumni. The Asian disadvantage is comparable to a loss of 50 SAT points." <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bev-taylor/asian-americans-deserve-b_b_7453198.html/" target="_blank">Read More...</a> Due to the rampant complaints of discrimination against them, Asian American students are following the advice of professional counselors who are in the business of helping "students get into Harvard and other elite colleges" and that is to: 'make them seem less “Asian.” [...]One major company has even advised candidates not to emphasize their family’s immigrant roots during the application process. <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleyclancy/college-admissions-and-the-business-of-making-asian-kids-les#.nkyLbpaMB5/" target="_blank">Read More...</a> In fact, according to the news above, "college admissions coaching and counseling are enormously popular among Asian-Americans" and this has become big business. And as to whether Michael Wang's case will prosper remains to be seen because, as noted in the above source, "in a wide-ranging admissions process that accepts just 5% of 37,000 applicants, it is nearly impossible to prove that a particular student deserved acceptance over another." DiversityWorking.com, the largest job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can post veterans jobs for your diversity and equal employment opportunity requirements. Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now. ...
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  • ALOHA Sparks White-washing Controversy
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: May 31, 2015
    News Source: Daily Mail

    The film ALOHA has sparked a white-washing controversy as a result of white actors and actresses having been chosen to play the roles of Hawaiian natives. [[googlead]] Cameron Crowe has come under fire from an Asian-American advocacy group that says his new film totally whitewashes Hawaii. In Aloha, set to be released this month, white actor Bradley Cooper stars alongside a slew of white co-stars. According to the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), that's completely untrue to the rich diversity of the 50th state, the Daily Mail reported. Not only that, it is said that the film's title itself drew ire, as some Native Hawaiians disapprove of the name of a movie filmed and set in Hawaii, saying that titling it 'Aloha' is a disrespectful misappropriation of culture and simplifies a word that's rich with meaning. On the other hand, Sony has issued a statement in response to the whitewashing controversy: “While some have been quick to judge a movie they haven’t seen and a script they haven’t read, the film Aloha respectfully showcases the spirit and culture of the Hawaiian people. Filmmaker Cameron Crowe spent years researching this project and many months on location in Hawaii, cultivating relationships with leading local voices. He earned the trust of many Hawaiian community leaders, including Dennis ‘Bumpy’ Kanahele, who plays a key role in the film.” <a href="http://flavorwire.com/newswire/sony-responds-to-the-aloha-white-washing-controversy/" target="_blank">Read More...</a> Some online readers, commenting online, think there is "too much fuss over nothing." Some even say that in the past, many films about Hawaii also cast white actors/actresses to play Hawaiian natives. Times have changed indeed, thus what worked before may not be relevant today, especially as there are many talents in Hollywood who represent the cultures many Hollywood films depict, and it is important for the film industry to give more due to actors/actresses of Asian/Pacific Islander descent and of other races as well. This is one reason why conversations about diversity and inclusion should go on. DiversityWorking.com, the largest job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can optimize your veteran job search for your diversity and equal opportunity employment needs. Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now. ...
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  • Asian-American Groups File Federal Complaint of Discrimination Against Harvard U
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: May 22, 2015
    News Source: Yahoo News

    More than 60 Asian-American groups have filed a federal complaint of discrimination against Harvard University, Yahoo News reported. [[googlead]] The suit alleges that the university discriminates against Asian American student applicants; it has likewise prompted some questions to be raised, according to the report: "Does one of the nation’s most prestigious universities really have a racially biased admissions process, or are the organizers behind such a claim merely pushing a larger, more controversial agenda? Those were the questions prompted by a federal complaint filed last week with the Departments of Justice and Education by more than 60 Asian-American organizations who say Harvard University uses racial quotas and other illegal practices to discriminate against Asian-American applicants." Critics are questioning the real motives behind the suit, and that of a previous one filed last year in November " by a group called Students for Fair Admissions (who) made the same claim." They say that the real issue behind the 2 cases is for "the dismantling of affirmative action," a matter many Asian American students think works against them. “They are trying to confuse people,” University of California Irvine sociologist Jennifer Lee said of the language used in the Harvard complaint. “They don’t discuss affirmative action, but are very deliberate about using the term ‘quotas,’ because it tends to provoke controversy among Americans.” In another report, it is said that Harvard General Counsel Robert W. Iuliano responded to the allegations saying the university’s admissions practice is “fully lawful” and “holistic” in its approach. <a href="http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/05/20/critic-alleges-asians-are-the-new-jews-facing-discrimination-at-harvard/" target="_blank">Read More...</a> DiversityWorking.com, the largest job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can post jobs for veterans who can readily fill your diversity and equal employment opportunity requirements. Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> n ...
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  • 1st White House Summit on Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: May 15, 2015
    News Source: Voice of America

    The first ever 1st White House Summit on Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders was recently held to discuss significant issues relevant to this ever growing demographic group in the US today, just as the nation is celebrating this May the Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. [[googlead]] Nearly 2,000 government officials and community leaders from around the country gathered Tuesday at George Washington University for the first White House summit on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, the VOA reported. The summit, VOA quoted Jake Fitisemanu, one of the newly appointed commissioners on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, as saying: “a chance for everyone to get together and to meet and to see how we can pull resources and really provide a collective effort and unified front to the issues we all face together. Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders are said to be growing in number "faster than any other ethnic group in the U.S. By 2060, it’s projected to double and reach 47 million." As one of his first actions in office, President Obama signed Executive Order 13515 on October 14, 2009, reestablishing the Initiative and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs, to improve the quality of life for AAPIs through increased access to federal programs in which they may be underserved. <a href="http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/493106.html/" target="_blank">Read More...</a> Among the key issues that were lined up for discussion in the summit included "economic growth, education, healthcare, civil rights, and immigration." The common stereotype Asian Americans are labeled with - 'model minority" was also taken up, and according to Phil Yu, founder of the Angry Asian Man blog, I think while the ‘model minority’ is a myth, it needs to be destroyed.” Overall, the fact that this particular segment of the country's population continues to grow at a fast rate calls for "their voices [to be] heard while “standing up and speaking out and being part of different communities,” and “that’s really the message,” VOA quoted Representative Mark Takai, a Democrat from Hawaii. DiversityWorking.com, the largest job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can optimize your veteran job search for your diversity and equal opportunity employment needs. Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now. ...
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  • Why Glass Ceiling Exists for Asian Americans in Tech
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: May 07, 2015
    News Source: Los Angeles Times

    Often stereotyped as the Model Minority, yet Asian Americans do find themselves barred from achieving top leadership roles in the tech industry due to the so-called glass ceiling. [[googlead]] A recent report provides some factors behind the glass ceiling Asian Anericans in tech encounter. A new report released Wednesday finds that although Asian Americans may be well represented in the high-tech San Francisco Bay Area, they are severely underrepresented at the executive levels. Called "Hidden in Plain Sight: Asian American Leaders in Silicon Valley," the report is based on an analysis of 2013 employment data filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by five major Silicon Valley tech companies: Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, LinkedIn and Yahoo. According to Janet Wong, a retired former accountant and partner at KPMG at Silicon Valley, and one of the co-authors of the new study, the mind-set so prevalent among Asian Americans is that in order to succeed, one has to keep their head down, and work hard and the rest will follow. The study shows these are not enough, and according to Wong, "this mind-set may be preventing more Asian Americans from rising to leadership positions." It has also been found that ethnicity more than gender is significant in getting ahead: "White men had a 42% advantage over white women" when it came to being promoted to the executive level, Gee said. That was expected, he said, but it paled in comparison to the 260% advantage they have to Asian women. "So that was a big surprise." "It gives us an idea of what the dynamics of the pipeline are like," Gee said, and demonstrates what coauthors called an invisible "glass ceiling" blocking promotions. Buck Gee is the report coauthor a former vice president and general manager of Cisco Systems' data center business unit. Wong suggests company-provided trainings can help Asian Americans get the soft skills, or leadership skills they also need to develop in order to avoid or overcome the perception that though they they may be good engineers, for example, they are poor leaders. DiversityWorking.com, the largest job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can post jobs for veterans who can readily fill your diversity and equal employment opportunity requirements. Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now. ...
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  • May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
    By: DiversityWorking Press
    Date Posted: May 03, 2015
    News Source: Federal Asian Pacific American Council

    May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, and this year's theme is “Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion” - the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced in its website. [[googlead]] In line with this, FAPAC also announced, it will hold 30th Annual National Leadership Training Program at the HILTON, ROCKVILLE, MD May 4-8, 2015, to coincide with the observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. <a href="http://asianpacificheritage.gov/about.html/" target="_blank">Read More...</a> In a similar commemoration, NBC4 Southern California is proud to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May with a 30-minute program, “Life Connected Special in Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,” which will air Saturday, May 2 at 8:30 p.m. <a href="http://www.nbclosangeles.com/contact-us/community/Celebrate-Asian-Pacific-American-Heritage-Month-with-NBC4-301632081.html/" target="_blank">Read More...</a> Asians have become the fastest growing demographic of immigrants to the United States, surpassing Hispanics as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States. One factor may be the sheer size of the geographic area commonly defined as Asia. It stretches all the way from India, to Tibet, to New Guinea. When you include Pacific Islanders, it encompasses hundreds of islands in Polynesia. Hundreds of cultures and tens of millions of people are gathered under this massive umbrella. <a href="http://www.9news.com/story/life/2015/05/01/may-is-asian-american-heritage-month/26754665/" target="_blank">Read More...</a> DiversityWorking.com, the largest job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through DiversityWorking.com, you can optimize your veteran job search for your diversity and equal opportunity employment needs. Visit <a href="http://www.diversityworking.com" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now. ...
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