Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Inglewood

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Inglewood

Inglewood-It was a beautiful day in the City of Champions, with picture perfect clear blue skies and a slight breeze.

The City of Inglewood celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a huge cultural festival, Saturday, September 17, 2016, on the grounds of Crozier Middle School. National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, Americans recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

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Citizenship with a Side of Adobo

Citizenship with a Side of Adobo

I learned what it means to be a U.S. citizen at the family dinner table.

My earliest memories are of the vivid stories my parents told me, stories that shaped the values I hold to this day and that emphasized the playing an active role in shaping and improving our world.

Over warm bowls of sinigang, my father told my brother, sister and me how he marched in Selma, Alabama and stood with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the historic battle for civil rights.

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How U.S. Citizenship Can Help You Achieve Your American Dream

Mark L. Keam

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

These are the very first words that I utter on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates at the beginning of each legislative day.

As the first Asian-born immigrant elected to Virginia’s state legislature since it began meeting in 1619, these words have tremendous personal meaning to me.

When I place my right hand over my heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the words penned in 1892 by Francis Bellamy remind me of that day in December 1991 when I became an American citizen by choice.

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To Pay Our Parents Back, Help Them Become U.S. Citizens

To Pay Our Parents Back, Help Them Become U.S. Citizens

Like millions of other immigrant families, my family came to this country with not much more than the change in our pockets. Born in Guangzhou, China, I was four years old when we moved to the United States. I grew up in southwest Houston, where I now have the honor of serving as a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

While my family’s specific story may differ, our experiences echo those of other immigrants. Our fathers suffered long and brutal days working for little money in jobs that didn’t respect their intelligence or education. Our mothers scrimped and sacrificed to make ends meet, and to give us the best education possible. Our parents endured the physical hardships, endured the insults of people strange to them, and continued demeaning jobs because they believed in something better. Something better for us.

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen During Constitution Week

Becoming a U.S. Citizen During Constitution Week

The U.S. Constitution: it’s a legalistic document that takes about a half-hour to read. Yet it changed the course of history, by encoding the basic principles and values that have managed to sustain our nation as a beacon burning bright for the world for more than two centuries.

Which is why U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) takes special pride in naturalizing new citizens – good people drawn by that beacon — during Constitution Week. These ceremonies are an appreciation of the historic connection to the roughly 4,500 words that these brand-new Americans just swore an oath to support and defend.

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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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