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Back in August, police officers fatally shot two Korean men in Dublin, California while responding to an alleged domestic dispute. This shooting has galvanized the Asian American community -- once again -- and many believe that the use of deadly force was unnecessary. This confused-police-officers-reaching-for-guns issue has happens over and over in Asian American and Latin communities. Recent cases include a 1997 shooting in Rohnert Park of Kuan Chung Kao -- who was armed with a wooden stick, the 2003 shooting of Cau Tran in San Jose -- who was armed with a vegetable peeler, and last year's shooting of Rudy Cardenas in San Jose, who was unarmed. The Asian American community has been coming together to organize across ethnic lines around this issue. There will be a candlelight vigil on Sept. 20th at the Dublin City Hall.
If you're as angry about the government's non-response to Katrina as I am, please consider signing this petition from Moveon.org. The petition simply asks for congress to create a Katrina commission--like a 9/11 commission. And this time I think there may well be more will among the people to act upon the information gathered.
Of the forty-nine convenience store clerks arrested this summer in Georgia for selling common products that contained ephedrine or pseudoephedrine (a main ingredient in home-made methamphetamine), forty-four were Indian American.
Looks like somebody at the San Francisco Chronicle is reading Hyphen. In our summer issue, we had a feature on Korean adoptees moving back to Korea, and today, the Chronicle has a story about Korean adoptees moving back to Korea.
It's nice that they're reading Hyphen.
This is for you artsy creative types. Tomorrow the Hyphen crew will be hanging at the Sixth Annual Expo for the Artist & Musician. What is this thing? This is what happens when more than 100 Bay Area arts organizations gets together.
Ursula passed along this article (pasted below) from the Foil-I mailing list (provenance, Weekly Kagoj) about New Orleans' Bangladeshi Immigrants. A consequence of the destruction that we hadn't foreseen: some of the ... uh ... browner foreign students studying in the hurricane region might have a problem transferring their studies to other cities. Let's keep an eye on this one.
And now, appropriate of nothing, is possibly the most embarrassing and unintentionally hilarious video I've seen in months. A Laotian teen with too much time on his hands acts hard, surfs MySpace and sings the hits to his webcam.
Click here to watch.