Hansi Lo Wang http://wemu.org en New York's 'Night Of Birmingham Horror' Sparked A Summer Of Riots http://wemu.org/post/new-yorks-night-birmingham-horror-sparked-summer-riots It was called "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1964/07/20/violence-flares-again-in-harlem.html?_r=0" target="_blank">New York's night of Birmingham horror</a>."<p>Just over two weeks after the <a href="http://apps.npr.org/behind-the-civil-rights-act/#/annotations" target="_blank">landmark Civil Rights Act</a> was signed into law in 1964, violence erupted in the streets of New York City, lasting a total of six nights. It was the first in a series of riots that would come to define the later years of the 1960s civil rights movement. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 49030 at http://wemu.org New York's 'Night Of Birmingham Horror' Sparked A Summer Of Riots 'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones' http://wemu.org/post/without-tommy-theres-no-ramones Punk rock music has lost one of its earliest pioneers.<p>Tommy Ramone <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/12/330893277/tommy-ramone-last-original-member-of-the-ramones-dies-at-62">died of cancer on Friday</a> at his home in Queens, N.Y. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:04:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 48709 at http://wemu.org 'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones' Language Barriers Pose Challenges For Mayan Migrant Children http://wemu.org/post/language-barriers-pose-challenges-mayan-migrant-children Among the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have come from Central America this year are children who speak little or no Spanish. Many are from Guatemala's indigenous communities, who speak more than 20 different Mayan languages.<p>Rafael Domingo, 16, grew up in Guatemala speaking Q'anjob'al, sometimes referred to as Kanjobal. The youngest son of a single mother, he rode a bus, walked for miles and crossed a river before he was stopped at the Texas border.<p>"It was so difficult to come to this country," Domingo says through an interpreter.<p>His journey in the U.S. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 48169 at http://wemu.org Language Barriers Pose Challenges For Mayan Migrant Children Wave Of Guatemalan Migrant Children Presents Unique Challenges http://wemu.org/post/wave-guatemalan-migrant-children-presents-unique-challenges President Obama issued a warning this week to any parents in Mexico and Central America considering allowing their children to cross the U.S. border alone.<p>"Do not send your children to the borders," <a href="https://gma.yahoo.com/obama-warns-central-americans-not-send-children-borders-020057500--abc-news-topstories.html" target="_blank">he told ABC News</a>. "If they do make it, they'll get sent back. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 48006 at http://wemu.org Wave Of Guatemalan Migrant Children Presents Unique Challenges The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before http://wemu.org/post/map-native-american-tribes-youve-never-seen Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 47819 at http://wemu.org The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before Ruling On Redskins' Trademarks Carries Symbolic Weight http://wemu.org/post/redskins-cancelled-tradmarks-spell-symbolic-victory-critics Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six trademark registrations held by the Washington Redskins. Today's ruling determined the football teams trademark name is disparaging to Native Americans and unfit for federal registration. But as Hansi Lo Wang of NPR's Code Switch team reports, the team still owns the Redskins name and can continue to use it.<p>HANSI LO WANG, BYLINE: Let's be clear. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 47521 at http://wemu.org 50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle http://wemu.org/post/50-years-ago-freedom-summer-began-training-battle Idealism drove hundreds of college students to Mississippi 50 years ago.<p>In 1964, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/08/02/206813091/to-60s-civil-rights-hero-math-is-kids-formula-for-success" target="_blank">civil rights activist Bob Moses</a> led the campaign to register black voters and educate black children in that state. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 47331 at http://wemu.org 50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier http://wemu.org/post/opera-remembers-tragedy-asian-american-soldier About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.<p>But an opera? He couldn't refuse.<p>"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for <em>An American Soldier</em>, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.<p>Set to premiere on Friday at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the production is based on news accounts of Chen's life and the investigation into his death. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 47297 at http://wemu.org An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Dies At 93 http://wemu.org/post/civil-rights-activist-yuri-kochiyama-dies-93 Prominent activist Yuri Kochiyama has died of natural causes at 93. The civil rights champion successfully fought for reparations to be paid to Japanese-Americans interned during World War II. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 46745 at http://wemu.org Yuri Kochiyama, Activist And Former World War II Internee, Dies At 93 http://wemu.org/post/japanese-american-activist-and-malcolm-x-ally-dies-93 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcDmvJ4pb5c</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 04:51:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 46707 at http://wemu.org Yuri Kochiyama, Activist And Former World War II Internee, Dies At 93 Isla Vista Killing Spree Claims 7 Lives, Including Suspect http://wemu.org/post/isla-vista-shooting Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We begin this hour in Isla Vista, Calif. The small college town near Santa Barbara continues to grieve this morning after a killing spree late Friday night. Authorities say 22-year-old Elliott Rodger apparently took his own life after killing six others and injuring 13. Sun, 25 May 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 46382 at http://wemu.org Congress To Award Highest Honor To Army's Only Latino Unit http://wemu.org/post/congress-award-highest-honor-armys-only-latino-unit Congress <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.1726:" target="_blank">passed a bill</a> on Thursday to honor the U.S. Army's only segregated Latino unit with the Congressional Gold Medal. Fri, 23 May 2014 19:49:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 46324 at http://wemu.org Congress To Award Highest Honor To Army's Only Latino Unit Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado http://wemu.org/post/oklahomas-latino-community-prepares-next-tornado A devastating EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., a year ago Tuesday. Just 11 days later, another twister ravaged the Oklahoma City metro area.<p>Nine of the 23 people who died as a result of the second storm were members of the local Latino community. Tue, 20 May 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 46108 at http://wemu.org Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado Descendants Of Chinese Laborers Reclaim Railroad's History http://wemu.org/post/descendants-chinese-laborers-reclaim-transcontinental-tracks East finally met West 145 years ago on America's first transcontinental railroad.<p>The symbolic hammering of a golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, completed the connection between the country's two coasts and shortened a cross-country trip of more than six months down to a week.<p>Much of the building was done by thousands of laborers brought in from China, but their faces were left out of photographs taken on that momentous day.<p>Over the years, one photograph in particular from May 10, 1869, has taken root in U.S. Sat, 10 May 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 45661 at http://wemu.org Descendants Of Chinese Laborers Reclaim Railroad's History In Asian-Majority District, House Race Divides Calif. Voters http://wemu.org/post/asian-majority-district-house-race-divides-calif-voters In the heated race for a congressional seat in northern California, Mai Xuan Nguyen fought for her candidate with another cold call.<p>"Yes, that's K, H, A, N, N, A," she patiently explained in Vietnamese to a potential voter, spelling out her choice for Congress, Democrat Ro Khanna, as she marked her call list one recent evening at a coffeehouse in San Jose, Calif.<p>It was all part of Nguyen's role in an only-in-America scene: a Vietnamese-language phone bank for an Indian-American lawyer, who's challenging a Japanese-American congressman.<p>In fact, there are two second-generation Indian-Am Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 44666 at http://wemu.org In Asian-Majority District, House Race Divides Calif. Voters In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top http://wemu.org/post/silicon-valley-immigrants-toast-their-way-top Public speaking can be nerve-wracking whatever your native tongue. It can be especially difficult for immigrants who speak English as a second language.<p>In California's Silicon Valley, some immigrant tech workers strengthen their voices by joining public speaking support groups like Toastmasters clubs.<p>Members usually meet once a week to practice giving speeches, which are timed to the second and judged for grammar and presentation. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 44618 at http://wemu.org In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI http://wemu.org/post/harlem-hellfighters-fighting-racism-trenches-wwi The 369th Infantry Regiment served 191 days under enemy fire in Europe. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:58:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 43768 at http://wemu.org The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI Changing Demographics A Factor In Rhode Island's Gubernatorial Race http://wemu.org/post/changing-demographics-factor-rhode-islands-gubernatorial-race Parades, social clubs and awards dinners are part of the routine of political campaigns everywhere. But if you're running to be Rhode Island's next governor, then there's one more stop you just can't miss.<br /> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:22:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 42711 at http://wemu.org Changing Demographics A Factor In Rhode Island's Gubernatorial Race To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese http://wemu.org/post/play-part-actors-must-talk-talk-chinese The success of the Netflix series <em>House of Cards</em> lies in the details.<p>The show has consulted with <a href="http://www.boston.com/business/innovation/blogs/inside-the-hive/2014/02/21/house-cards-called-boston-hacker-gregg-housh-give-series-tech-authentic-touch/vJL9SCuowDJ7VlyE0BgC2O/blog.html" target="_blank">computer hackers</a> and <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2014/02/19/house-of-cards-writer-on-china-u-s-and-power/" target="_blank">political scientists</a> on storylines. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 42120 at http://wemu.org To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese Asian-American Contestant, 'Villain' Of 'Jeopardy,' Set To Return http://wemu.org/post/asian-american-contestant-villain-jeopardy-set-return If there are any unwritten rules to playing <em>Jeopardy!</em> Arthur Chu may have broken them all.<p>During his four-day winning streak in late January, he sometimes interrupted host Alex Trebek and cut in before the host could finish a sentence. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:53:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 41905 at http://wemu.org Asian-American Contestant, 'Villain' Of 'Jeopardy,' Set To Return For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' http://wemu.org/post/abused-native-american-women-new-law-provides-ray-hope This Thursday, three Native American tribes are changing how they administer justice.<p>For almost four decades, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has barred tribes from prosecuting non-American Indian defendants. But as part of last year's re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a new program now allows tribes to try some non-Indian defendants in domestic abuse cases.<p>It will be another year before the program expands to other eligible federally-recognized tribes around the country in March 2015. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:07:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 41840 at http://wemu.org For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home http://wemu.org/post/after-tour-medal-wwii-japanese-american-soldiers-returns-home <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83Vd0Qx3sk</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 41756 at http://wemu.org After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages http://wemu.org/post/walking-down-widening-aisle-interracial-marriages <em>Editor's Note: Code Switch has been engaged in a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/02/14/276543080/what-we-learned-from-our-month-long-exploration-of-xculturelove" target="_blank">month-long exploration</a> of <em>romance across racial and cultural lines</em>. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:53:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 41603 at http://wemu.org Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages National Puerto Rican Day Parade Reorganizes After Misuse Of Funds http://wemu.org/post/ny-attorney-general-reins-national-puerto-rican-day-parade The National Puerto Rican Day Parade will be marching down New York City's Fifth Avenue under new leadership this year.<p>On Thursday, <a href="http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-joins-city-council-speaker-and-community-leaders-announcing-new" target="_blank">New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced</a> that three members of the parade's board of directors, including President Madelyn Lugo and her husband, General Coordinator Luis Rivera, have stepped down. Ten new directors will join the three remaining directors on the all-volunteer board. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:39:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 41520 at http://wemu.org National Puerto Rican Day Parade Reorganizes After Misuse Of Funds Even As Ban Lifts, Many Remain Wary Of Tap Water http://wemu.org/post/even-ban-lifts-many-remain-wary-tap-water Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>It's day seven of West Virginia's water crisis. More than half of households and businesses affected by last week's chemical spill now have safe tap water, that's according to the local utility, West Virginia American Water. Officials say they've been routinely testing for lingering traces of the chemical. Out of an abundance of caution thought, authorities are advising pregnant women to drink only bottled water until further notice. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 40265 at http://wemu.org