February 2010 Archives

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Chinese Lunar New Year Feasting and Family

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Feb 22, 2010 8:53 AM

The focal point of Chinese Lunar New Year celebration is gathering the whole extended family together for a big feast on New Year’s Eve.

Just as Thanksgiving has certain special foods that must be eaten like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes with marshmallows, Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve also features special food that must be eaten, each dish imbued with meaning and good wishes for the new year. A whole fish is served because the Chinese word for fish sounds like “more than enough” (and one must leave leftovers so there will be “plenty” “left over” in the new year).

Leticia Miranda

Report: Katrina Evacuees Didn't Increase Crime

By Leticia Miranda, Feb 22, 2010 8:46 AM

(From Mira Leti)

Just after Katrina hit, police deparments in neighboring “host” cities — San Antonio, Phoenix and Houston — accused survivors of bringing crime into their communities.

However, a recent study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice showed that in Phoenix and Houston there was only a modest increase in murders with San Antonio showing no increase. None of the cities saw a hike in auto theft or assaults, which would be more likely crimes done by those who lost everything in the hurricane.

Sean P. Varano, lead author of the study and assistant professor in criminal justice at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, said to the Houston Chronicle:

“Houston, San Antonio, Phoenix … all had pre-existing crime problems they have been struggling with for generations to correct. To say they created a tremendous spike in the crime problem appears to be an overstatement. To say a group came in to a place like Houston and created a crime problem seems to be passing the buck,” Varano said.


Ninoy Brown

Continually SMH at UCSD

By Ninoy Brown, Feb 22, 2010 8:41 AM

 (From FOBBDeep)

While attending UCSD, there were more than a few WTF/”that’s racist!” moments experienced. And it appears to continue with a fraternty’s “Compton Cookout” themed bbq:

“UCSD party mocks Black History Month”

A weekend party that involved University of California San Diego students and mocked Black History Month has drawn the ire of black students and prompted a condemnation sent to all students and faculty by the chancellor.

An invitation to the “Compton Cookout” event urged participants to wear chains, don cheap clothes and speak very loudly, according to wording circulated by outraged students and verified by campus administrators.

As a guide for girls attending the event, the invitation read, “For those of you who are unfamiliar with ghetto chicks-Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes…”

Read on

NAM Youth Communications Team

Vallejo Teen Violence is Cry for Help

By NAM Youth Communications Team, Feb 14, 2010 6:43 PM

It was recently reported that a 47-year-old Vallejo Department of public works employee of Suisun City was robbed and assaulted by three juveniles. One struck the employee before the other two juveniles approached and knocked him down and stole his wallet.

A crowd of students standing across the street at Britton’s Mini Market from the incident witnessed the attack; police hope to review the surveillance cameras to identify the suspects.

The employee was treated at Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center for a chipped jawbone, a minor break to his collarbone and a cut lip.

It’s crazy nowadays what people will do for a dollar. It’s also kind of scary knowing you could get robbed and assaulted even at work. Reading this article it made me wonder what kinds of households were the kids come from. It made me wonder about what has happened in their lives to make them feel they have to assault and rob different people.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Discovering the meaning in Chinese New Year's celebrations

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Feb 14, 2010 6:17 PM

I never even heard of Chinese New Year until I was already 12 years old. We had recently moved from Los Angeles to San Jose, and I had just started attending Saturday morning Chinese School for the first time. One of our lessons was about Chinese New Year stories and customs. Of course, being only 12, I was most interested in the tradition of red envelopes, which contain gifts of money. I went home demanding to know why my brother and I had never before received red envelopes, and insisted on years of back pay.

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