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Alternative Media Coverage of Trans-Pacific Partnership

A variety of alternative media outlets are decrying the potentially devastating effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (an Executive Branch) among up to fourteen Pacific Rim nations guaranteeing special access to American imports in return for exports---the kinds of products which have closed down small to medium sized American businesses and manufacturers over the past two decades. 


CABs vs ABCs: Can't we all get along?

Chinese anchor babies (CABs) are not a new phenomenon. My father was one. In Gwok Choy: A Family Memoir from the Sino-Japanese War, the return to China during the years of the Chinese Exclusion Act was sort of inevitable, because workers were not allowed to linger on foreign soil. Deprived of the opportunity to truly, comfortably settle down, my grandparents returned to the motherland in the hopes of providing their children a Chinese education.


Robin Hood Tax by Keith Ellison Pushed in EU

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Congressman Keith Ellison, Co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus reintroduced the Inclusive Prosperity Act (HR-1579) in April 2013. Ellison had also introduced it during the 112th Congress under H.R. 6411 in September 2012.

The bill made a media splash then disappeared in Committee. Nevertheless it's popular enough that Congressman Ellison posts it on his homepage.  


Depression an Issue for Asian-American Teens

While the woes of older Asian American women and suicide prevention have received national attention, the media has neglected to examine the same issue with regard to younger Asian-American women and teenagers. But they bear a close look all the same.


Why the Huge Military Deficit? [Update]

'Black Budget' page by Barton Gellman, Greg Miller, and Julie Tate of the Washington Post (Aug 29, 2013).

This is an updated re-run of my previous published article here because the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 1960) is currently being rushed through Congress. 


Flashbacks on Triangle Fires and Rana Plaza

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"Triangle Returns" video from Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights    

No one who has taken a course in Women's History is unfamiliar with the with 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. During the turn of the last century, many immigrant women considered themselves fortunate to work in one of over 450 textile factories in Manhattan. It took the Triangle Factory Fire, however, to focus the nation's attention upon garment workers' unsafe workplace conditions.


Tell Congress: Please extend Jobless Benefits!

The bipartisan 2014 national budget deal is a big deal if only because for once, Congress can give itself a pat on the back for getting something important accomplished. The details of the budget are still being conveyed to the public; it still has to be voted upon by the Senate, and it must be signed into law by President Obama.

Politico writes:


Gentrification engulfing Chinatowns--Part 2

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Founded in 1986, the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV) has historically mobilized against racially motivated violence against Asian communities. CAAAV's projects have included grassroots leadership and organizational training for Asian Pacific Americans. It has embraced urban justice issues in recent campaigns.


U.S. Troops Typhoon Humanitarians

For once, Americans have something to be proud of with regard to militarization of the Pacific. On November 7 & 8th, the Category 5 Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) battered Philippines' mid-eastern islands of Samar and Leyte with 195 mph winds and storm waves over fifteen feet high. It also affected other islands in the Visayas belt, compounding the effects of the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol Island.


Gentrification Engulfing Chinatowns -- Part 1

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When I visited my grandmother in the 1990s, she lived in a subsidized housing project near Washington Street in Chinatown San Francisco. She was happy that she could live semi-independently, but among people who shared common interests. My relatives could easily check up on how she was doing, and help her buy groceries from nearby.

Now, all of that is changing at a pace we cannot have foreseen.