March 2010 Archives

Elena Kadvany

What Health Care Could Mean for Students

By Elena Kadvany, Mar 24, 2010 10:29 AM

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 As of Tuesday, the historic health care bill was officially signed into law.

As a journalism student at New York University, I pride myself on knowing what’s going on in the news. Like that the bill was enacted on Tuesday. I also like to know the significance of the news. Like what the bill now means for America. And me.


Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Contrasting colors of Japanese Quiz Bowl and Japan Cultural Festival

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Mar 22, 2010 9:45 AM

 For the past few weeks, my kids have been doing nothing but getting ready for Japanese Quiz Bowl! Extra classes, extra homework, extra studying, extra e-mails from teachers, extra study sessions with classmates — and I do not have to say a thing. Japanese Quiz Bowl is serious business.

According to the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, this 17th annual competition, which took place Saturday, March 20 at the University of Michigan, had approximately 375 students from 26 elementary and secondary schools from across the state competing in six different divisions.

Bet you did not know that 26 elementary and secondary schools in Michigan teach Japanese as a foreign language.

College students and Japanese language instructors from Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Oakland University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University and private language schools volunteered as judges, scorekeepers and timekeepers.

That is a lot of university students learning Japanese, too.

Sandip Roy

Health Care Reform's Lessons for Immigration Reform

By Sandip Roy, Mar 21, 2010 11:26 PM

 I hear 200,000 people came to the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Sunday.

But the three top stories on Google News were

Health care vote results: bill passes, Obama to sign it into law.

Woods did what he had to do.

Day 4 Look Back: MSU, Purdue display plenty of pride in wins

Huffington Post proclaimed "This is what change looks like" and then went on to declare "Wall-to-Wall Health Care."

So what happens when 200,000 people come to the National Mall and no one seems to notice much?

It proves as Marcelo Ballvé says in an interview on New America Now this is not about "a final push for immigration reform." This rally is more about angry activists who still feel they are on the outside despite White House meetings with the likes of Ali Noorani of National Immigration Forum.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Kiss Me I'm Irish. Kiss Me I'm Italian! Kiss Me I'm Chinese?

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Mar 16, 2010 12:15 PM

I used to think that St. Patrick’s Day was a national holiday.

I attended Catholic schools in Los Angeles, and all the Bishops at the time, the ones who set the calendars for all the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, were Irish. Thus St. Patrick’s Day was always a school holiday. Always. Along with Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday and All Saint’s Day.

Then our school got a young new principal, Sister Nathaniel. She was Italian American, with dark brown bangs peeking out of her white habit, a matter-of-fact way of speaking and a brisk, efficient stride. She declared that since St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) was about the same time as St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), we would celebrate both saints’ days together.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

What's On Your Reading List This Month?

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Mar 8, 2010 8:40 AM

I just finished reading Lac Su’s memoir, "I Love Yous are for White People," a story about growing up poor and Vietnamese American in Los Angeles dodging gangs, alcohol and an abusive father. It was a tough read but a sobering reminder that many Asian Americans do not fit neatly into the model minority stereotype.

Now I am reading Bich Minh Nguyen’s memoir, "Stealing Buddah’s Dinner," this year’s Michigan Humanities Council’s Great Michigan Read, about growing up Vietnamese American in suburban Grand Rapids and her fixation on American food.

Both writers ache to belong to the world around them.

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