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Video Shows Girl Left for Dead in China

By Summer Chiang, Oct 17, 2011 5:49 PM

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A video emerged in China last week showing a young girl being struck by a van and then ignored by numerous people passing by as she lay bleeding has enraged the country’s blogosphere.

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Chinese Community Joins Occupy Wall Street Movement

By Summer Chiang, Oct 13, 2011 7:19 PM

In a sign of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s growing diversity, members of a Chinese workers union joined in protests Wednesday in San Francisco’s financial district.

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Asian Community Involvement Low in SF Excelsior District

By Summer Chiang, Sep 22, 2011 2:11 PM

According to the 2010 census, the Asian population in San Francisco’s Excelsior District increased by 20 percent over the past ten years, making them the majority group in the city’s southern region, KTSF reports. Despite this, the report notes, community engagement remains low.

May Wong was born and raised in the Excelsior District and now heads the Excelsior District Improvement Association, founded six decades ago to address community concerns. She said many Asian residents have little interest in getting involved in community activities, noting that despite the child-friendly atmosphere offered by the district, most Asian parents are too busy with work and prefer staying home as opposed to taking advantage of what the neighborhood has to offer.

May encouraged Asians to come out, join their neighbors, and participate in community activities.

Chinese American Voter Education Committee Executive Director David Lee told KTSF that in District 11, which includes the Excelsior, only 20 percent of registered voters are Chinese, despite a 51 percent Asian population. This compares to the Sunset District, where 40 percent of registered voters are Chinese, and the Richmond with 30 percent.

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Flash Mob Dancing -- The New Protest for Marriage Equality?

By Summer Chiang, Aug 24, 2011 10:20 AM

A group of Asian Americans in support of LGBT rights is trying a new tactic to attract attention to the cause of marriage equality: dancing flash mobs.

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SF Mayor, Hilton Hotels Court Chinese Tourists

By Summer Chiang, Aug 22, 2011 11:32 AM

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Hilton Hotels announced a new program this week that they hope will bring more Chinese tourists to the city, the World Journal reports.

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Bay Area Activists Back Anti-Pollution Protest in China

By Summer Chiang, Aug 17, 2011 9:59 PM

Bay Area Chinese-American activists were key to publicizing the protests of tens of thousands of Chinese in Dalian, China, who called for the Fujia Chemical Plant in Liaoning Province to relocate due to a toxic leak and pollution. Under tremendous pressure from protesters, the government of Dalian, China today ordered a chemical plant to stop production.

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Poll: Most Chinese Voters Would Support Ed Lee for SF Mayor

By Summer Chiang, Jul 27, 2011 7:59 PM

Nearly two-thirds of San Francisco's Chinese voters would support interim Mayor Ed Lee if he decided to run for mayor in November, and one in four would choose him as their favorite, according to a poll by the Sing Tao Daily newspaper.

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Chinese-American Consumers Warned to Watch Out for Cell Phone Scams

By Summer Chiang, Jul 27, 2011 3:05 PM

Chinese-American consumers should be on the lookout for scams by local Chinese mobile phone dealers, reports the Sing Tao Daily. If dealers offer a package that seems too good to be true, consumers are encouraged to read the fine print before they sign a contract. That's the message of San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu and Taraval Police District Sergeant Robert Bohanan, who are warning consumers to be wary.

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Chinatown Residents Struggle to Keep Mom-and-Pop Businesses in the Family

By Summer Chiang, Jul 25, 2011 1:07 PM

In San Francisco's Chinatown many family-owned small businesses face a dilemma: younger generations, armed with degrees from colleges and universities, often prefer to work for companies that offer high-paid jobs instead of taking over their parents’ businesses, reports Sing Tao newspaper. As a result, even though some businesses have a good reputation and have been around for a long time, many are having a hard time keeping their business in the family, especially when the store owners face retirement or pass away.

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Should Immigration Courts Consider Community Opinions in Deportation Cases?

By Summer Chiang, May 18, 2011 12:40 PM

Eddy Zheng, a convicted felon who spent 19 years in prison, could avoid deportation as a result of his work with young people in San Francisco. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said last Friday that immigration courts must take into consideration Zheng’s work with at-risk youth in determining whether to deport him.

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At Angel Island, a Window into History of Chinese Immigration

By Summer Chiang, Apr 25, 2011 9:13 PM

Frank Lum came to the United States by boat from China in 1930 with his family. But because his information was incomplete, he was forced to stay alone at the Angel Island Immigration Station for 10 days when he was only 5 years old. It was a long time ago, but he said he can still remember it.

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Chinese TV Series 'Gold Mountain' to Be Filmed in SF

By Summer Chiang, Apr 23, 2011 2:05 PM

A new Chinese TV series about Chinese immigrants to the U.S. during the Gold Rush will be filmed in San Francisco, reports the Sing Tao Daily. The series is called “Gold Mountain,” which in Chinese has the same pronunciation as “San Francisco.”

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Car Burglaries on the Rise in SF's Sunset District

By Summer Chiang, Apr 13, 2011 9:20 PM

The number of thefts from vehicles in San Francisco's Taraval police district, which includes the Sunset District, are up more than 43 percent from this time last year, police statistics show. Thefts from vehicles represent the most common crime in the area, which otherwise has a reputation of being safe. And the problem seems to be getting worse, reports the World Journal.

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Rising Food Prices Squeeze Chinese Restaurants

By Summer Chiang, Apr 11, 2011 4:16 PM

With the prices of ingredients on the rise in the last few months, many Bay Area restaurants are raising the prices on their menus. But many Chinese restaurants are hoping to avoid this trend, the World Journal reports.

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'Go' Game Draws Hundreds of Players in Sunnyvale

By Summer Chiang, Mar 31, 2011 8:20 AM

While most Americans don’t know much about the game, Go is widely popular in Asia and among Asian-American communities. And this weekend in Sunnyvale, hundreds of Bay Area elementary school children and teenagers showed up to play.

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Japanese Seafood Rises in Price, Falls off Menus

By Summer Chiang, Mar 16, 2011 10:15 PM

Since the earthquake in Japan, Chinese fish market and restaurant owners say the prices of Japanese fish and seafood products are going up. As a result, some Bay Area sushi restaurants that import products from Japan are considering taking those items off the menu, reports the Sing Tao Daily.

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Ad Targeting Legal Immigrants Launched in SF

By Summer Chiang, Mar 8, 2011 8:47 AM

With California's unemployment rate as high as 12 percent, it’s not the first time people are blaming undocumented immigrants, but the group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) recently launched a TV commercial in the Bay Area arguing that legal immigrants are also a major factor in California's high unemployment rate. CAPS is calling for lower levels of legal immigration and temporary workers until the economy improves.

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Chinese Americans Dominate U.S. Table Tennis Team

By Summer Chiang, Mar 2, 2011 6:39 PM

At national ping-pong trials held in San Jose over the weekend, six of the 10 players selected for the U.S. men’s and women’s teamwere of Chinese descent.

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Why Chinese Protests Aren't Following Egypt's Path

By Summer Chiang, Feb 23, 2011 9:48 AM

The kind of uprisings that led to the resignation of Egypt’s president wouldn’t succeed in China. That was the message of Ling-Chi Wang, professor emeritus in UC Berkeley’s ethnic studies department, in an interview with the Sing Tao Daily. According to Wang, there are several critical differences between the conditions in the two countries that would make Egypt-style uprisings unsuccessful in China.

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Study: Health 'Coaches' to Fight Diabetes in Chinese Community

By Summer Chiang, Feb 22, 2011 4:10 PM

When you think of the groups most affected by diabetes, you may not think of Chinese Americans. But they are diagnosed with diabetes at more than twice the rate of the general population.