Latino USA

Archive for September, 2012

NOTICIANDO: POLITIQUEANDO

New comments by Mitt Romney ignite reactions among Latinos.  Then, with less than two months left to get people to the polls, voter registration efforts in states like Florida and Colorado resume after an easing on voter ID laws. Victor Landa, editor of News Taco, fills us in on this and all the most recent political news.


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Victor Landa is the founder and editor of NewsTaco, a website that provides news, analysis and critique from a Latino perspective. He worked as a writer and editor for 30 years, mostly with Telemundo and Univisión. Landa also contributed to the San Antonio Express-News, and he is an adviser on media strategy, message crafting, storytelling and public speaking.

A Sneak Peek at America By The Numbers: Clarkston, Georgia

One in three people nowadays are immigrants, Asians, Latinos or African Americans and whites are no longer a majority. This shift is most pronounced in rural areas of the country, particularly in the South. This first episode of “America By the Numbers” visits Clarkson, Georgia, where in the last 30 years, whites have gone from being 90 percent of the population to less than 14 percent. Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa goes in search of the new multicultural America in this companion radio story to the half hour PBS television special airing Sept. 21st.

Click here to download this week’s show. For more information on America By The Numbers (and to watch a trailer!), check out our website. And to find out where it’s playing, check out the Need To Know website on PBS.

 

 

Heartbreakers: A Conversation With Junot Diaz

In his last latest work, This Is How You Lose Her, author Junot Diaz chronicles a series of breakups that his reoccurring character, Yunior, lives through. Hear him talk to Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa about this book, bachata, and the inner lives of boys.

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To hear Junot Díaz reading an excerpt from This Is How You Lose Her, click below:

Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, African Voices, Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), in Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O’Henry Prize Stories 2009. He has received a Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, the 2003 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge (1948) and Nancy Allen professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Treasure Hunt

Geocaching, a sort of 21st Century scavenger hunt where players try to locate hidden containers using a smartphone or GPS, may seem like the ultimate in hipster playtime. But for our host Maria Hinojosa, it’s an exercise that gives her quality time with her daughter, lets her join in adventures with like-minded strangers and connects her to familiar landscapes in new ways.

RadioNature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI Foundation.

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Rhode Island Bolivians? Presente

When the first Bolivian immigrants arrived to Providence, Rhode Island, they also brought the Festival de la Virgen de Urcupiña. The celebration that began with a few families in the basement of a church 23 years ago is now joined by thousands of others who engage in the indigenous dances and Andean rhythms in the heart of the city. Andres Caballero reports.

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Andrés Caballero has been an active contributor to Latino USA for more than a year. He holds a M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and a B.S. in Political Science from Notre Dame De Namur University. He covers issues that affect Latinos across the U.S., and he has also contributed to New America Media, the Hispanic Link News Service in Washington D.C., and El Tecolote in San Francisco.

NOTICIANDO: Changing Census

Filling out the census can be a bit confusing for those who don’t always identify with the limited options on race or ethnicity. But for the first time, the Census Bureau is considering adding “Hispanic” and “Latino” as a race category. We speak to Angelo Falcon, president of the National Institute for Latino Policy, to see if these changes would help gather more accurate information about Latinos.

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Angelo Falcon is President and Co-Founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP). Falcón has been able to combine academic and policy research with an aggressive advocacy style based on broad coalition-building and community organizing. He has become one of the longest-serving chief executives of a Latino non-profit in the country.

Fi2W Commentary: The Choice is Clear for Immigrants

American voters are faced with a stark choice, not only about who will lead the nation in the next four years, but about what our shared future will be like. At the deepest and most profound, it is a decision about what America stands for. About what we stand for.

The conventions in Tampa and Charlotte – the crowds, the platforms, and the speeches – provided the contrast. Immigrants, their families and their communities now have to decide with whom they will cast their lot. Which party and ticket will assure them of their proper place as Americans and help them secure their American dream?

I’d like to think that the answer is obvious, and the numbers show that a majority of immigrants do know who has their interests in mind. But there are some who for whatever reason refuse to see the truth.

A woman immigrated to the United States in the 1970s, worked hard, and sacrificed in order to help her family back in the Philippines and those who came with her. She has accomplished a lot: rising up the ranks in the company where she has worked for decades, and supporting her family here and abroad.

In so many ways she has accomplished her American dream. But as a middle-class woman of color, she has also been held back. She has been denied promotions in spite of her credentials and hard work. Countless times has she complained of less qualified men surpassing her for jobs she can do with her eyes closed. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that this was because of her gender. I wonder how much of it had to do with her ethnicity and accent.

She was supposed to retire a couple of years ago but the Great Recession happened. Her investments and the value of her home went under. She has little choice but to keep waking up at the crack of dawn, getting on a commuter train, and putting in her eight hours. She is tired but she does what needs to be done.

And she blames Barack Obama. She faults the man who signed the Lilly Ledbetter Act and who fought hard to keep our country from falling into a financial abyss. The man who wants to safeguard Social Security and Medicare for older Americans like her.

She listens to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. She is a hardcore Republican. She believes that Democrats promote dependency on government and that so many abuse system. She refuses to see and admit who is really responsible for her setbacks.

I doubt she watched the Democratic convention. I wish she had. She would have seen so many other Americans of color like her. Not as tokens but as valued members whose voices are heard. She would have learned of policies that safeguard and promote her and her family’s well-being. She would recognize her own family’s story in the struggles and successes of Michelle’s and Barack’s families. She would have heard the man she despises tell her that he thinks of her and her family when making hard decisions. She would have been assured that no one gets a free ride but that together we can create a better future. She would have heard the President’s passionate argument that “no American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and the dignity they have earned.”

Like many other immigrant Americans, she will go to the polls on November 6 and cast her vote. How I wish she realizes who really sees her, hears her, and embraces her as an immigrant and as a woman. It should be crystal clear to her who has her and her family’s future in his heart and mind. Sadly, it isn’t.

You can follow Erwin de Leon on Twitter or read his blog.

Fi2W is supported by the New York Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation and the Sirus Fund. Image courtesy of flickr

Erwin de Leon is a Policy Researcher and writer based in Washington, DC. He writes on immigration, LGBT, and nonprofit issues. You can follow him on Twitter at @ErwindeLeon.

The Psychology of Breast Cancer

Half of Latina breast cancer survivors suffer from depression. These rates are much higher than the average among other survivors. Dr. Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa at City of Hope in Los Angeles shares her research on the psychological aspects of recovery for women of color with our host Maria Hinojosa. She discusses the role of spirituality, family and beliefs about women’s responsibilities in helping or hindering detection, treatment and recovery.


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Dr. Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa is professor and director of the Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education at City of Hope.  She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She serves on the Executive council of Los Angeles American Cancer Society (ACS) and The Intercultural Council on Cancer (ICC).

The Genetics of Breast Cancer

Two genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer as much as 80%. Researchers say the genes have been found in one in four Latina cancer patients under 40 years old in the U.S. Nova Safo reports on some new genetic research into breast cancer and Latinas that has links with Europe.


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Nova Safo is a Los Angeles-based reporter who covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the Hollywood entertainment industry, to visual arts, culture, politics, policy, health, science, the future of energy, economics, and the occasional massive wildfire.
His reporting has been heard on NPR’s various newsmagazines and other public radio programs, and published online by Yahoo! News and others. He is the recipient of Hearst journalism awards for radio reporting, as well as an NLGJA/RTNDA award for excellence in online journalism.

Noticiando: DNC Roundup

Charlotte welcomed the Democratic National Convention this week with up-and-coming San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro delivering the keynote speech. For more on what happened at the convention, we catch up with News Taco editor Victor Landa who reported from the ground.

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Victor Landa is the founder and editor of NewsTaco, a website that provides news, analysis and critique from a Latino perspective. He worked as a writer and editor for 30 years, mostly with Telemundo and Univisión. Landa also contributed to the San Antonio Express-News, and he is an adviser on media strategy, message crafting, storytelling and public speaking.

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