Foreign Entrepreneurs Can Get ‘Start-Up’ Visas to Start Business in US

Acting on a 2014 mandate issued by President Barack Obama, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Aug. 26 a new proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to be considered for a two-year stay in the U.S. to start or scale up a business.

The proposal, known as the Immigrant Entrepreneur rule and informally dubbed a “startup visa,” though it is actually not a visa, is aimed at entrepreneurs from abroad who own at least 15 percent of a startup – founded within the past three years before the entrepreneur applies for the provisions of the rule – that has demonstrated potential for rapid business growth and job creation. Applicants to the program must have a central role in founding the company or its operations, and must have received at least $345,000 from U.S. investors or at least $100,000 from qualified government agencies.

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Los Angeles Times The Taste-Flavors of Japan

Los Angeles Times The Taste-Flavors of Japan

Los Angeles-The Taste, Los Angeles Times annual celebration of Southern California’s vibrant, influential culinary scene, returned to the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot for another segment, Labor Day weekend, September 2-4, 2016. The Taste reflects The Times’ distinctive, award-winning coverage of all things edible, each of the five events showcased the chefs and restaurants at the heart of L.A.’s food and dining culture and included unlimited tastings from the city’s best eateries as well as specialty drinks, wine seminars and cooking demonstrations.

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2016 ARAB AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS LITERARY EXCELLENCE

2016 ARAB AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS LITERARY EXCELLENCE

After a detailed selection process, the winners of the 2016 Arab American Book Awards have been selected and for the first time two books will receive the Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award.

The two winning titles – Mona M. Amer and Germine H. Awad’s Handbook of Arab American Psychology and Moustafa Bayoumi’s This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror – are a direct reflection of the depth of the category that includes a wide range of submissions, from academic texts to memoirs and cookbooks.

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THE DEMENTIA DILEMMA: NY’s Chinese Caregivers Find Support in Each Other

THE DEMENTIA DILEMMA: NY’s Chinese Caregivers Find Support in Each Other

NEW YORK, N.Y.–As a family caregiver for my mother, who has dementia, I recently participated in six monthly meetings of a Chinese support group in New York.

Although the participants did not know each other before, they found light among hopelessness in each other’s stories, and I felt the group’s tremendous power in these meetings. The members hared the strength of love through human sufferings. Some said they faced similar challenges with family members facing the end of their lives.

The Chinese-community support groups began eight years ago, after and English-speaking Chinese man attended a seminar by the Alzheimer’s Association’s New York Chapter. Feeling the program was very helpful, he suggested the association organize similar seminars and support groups for Chinese-only speakers there.

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THE DEMENTIA DILEMMA: New York’s Chinese Elders and their Families

THE DEMENTIA DILEMMA: New York’s Chinese Elders and their Families

For Lian’s Grandpa, 87, seeing an airplane can set him shouting in Chinese, “Run for your life! The Japanese bombers are coming!” His dementia brings his mind back to being on the run during Japan’s World War II occupation of China. Lian’s Grandma also suffers, unable to bring her husband back to the present. A geriatric psychiatrist prescribed heavy medications, which diminish his anxiety–but make him look lost.

“Dementia is a 21st century human catastrophe,” says Jed Levine, executive vice president of CaringKind, formerly New York City’s Alzheimer’s Association chapter. “It makes many families live in fear and helplessness; it takes up a huge amount of resources of the government.”

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Hindu Goddess’s Depiction as 21st Century Modern Woman Roils Indians

“Waarrior Savitri,” the newest offering of Indian American film director Param Gill scheduled for release in India and the U.S. Aug. 25, has received considerable backlash for its depiction of the Hindu goddess as a modern, 21st-century woman.

Effigies bearing the image of the award-winning director have been burned in Raipur and elsewhere across India, according to local media reports.

Sushil Malhotra, president of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Social Forum, observed that the film “makes a mockery of a revered Indian goddess.” He said the film was “obscene.”

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Avoid Payment Scams: USCIS Does Not Accept Fees By Phone or Email

Immigrants all over the country are being targeted in scams. Don’t be one of the victims! Scammers may call or email you, pretending to be a government official. They will say that there is a problem with an application or additional information is required to continue the immigration process. They will then ask for personal and sensitive details, and demand payment to fix any problems.

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30,000 Muslim refugees accepted in U.S. in 2016

The U.S. has accepted more Muslim refugees than any other religious group during the current fiscal year, according to data compiled by the Pew Research Center.

Nearly half of the more than 63,000 refugees who have been granted residency this year are Muslim – marking the highest number since fiscal year 2002 when self-reported data on religious affiliation was first made public.

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Leimert Park Village Book Fair: A Splendid Decade of the Literary Word

Leimert Park Village Book Fair: A Splendid Decade of the Literary Word

Los Angeles- Every day is a good day in Los Angeles. Fritz Coleman forecast was spot on. Bill Withers recorded a joyful song entitled “Lovely Day.” Yes, ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, these were the main ingredients that contributed to the success of the 10th Anniversary Leimert Park Village Book Fair.

The 10th Anniversary Leimert Park Book Fair was held on Saturday, August 20th, from 10-6:00PM, on the outdoor promenade of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. (BHCP).

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