In the news: The Chicago Tribune reports that it’s Chinatown community is countering the negative effects of urban gentrification on ethnic neighborhoods by welcoming and supporting new Chinese immigrants. The Washington Post provides historical and cultural context to a recent law passed by Congress, which updates names used in legislation to remove antiquated racist terminology. And NBC News features a social media campaign to coincide with the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the election campaign this year: Asian American and Pacific Islander legislators are being featured in political videos produced by the Democratic National Committee.
News Reports (May 13, 2016):
- [Chicago Tribune] Here’s why Chicago’s Chinatown is booming, even as others across the U.S. fade: “At a time when traditional urban Chinatowns in Manhattan, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia are fading due to gentrification and changing cultural landscapes, Chicago’s Chinatown is growing larger — becoming what experts say could be a model for Chinatown survival in the U.S. “ Read more
- [Washington Post] The long history and slow death of a word once used to describe everyone and everything from Egypt to China as well as rugs: “Congress completed legislation this week that amends the vocabulary in two acts, replacing “Negroes, Spanish-speaking, Orientals, Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts” with “Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders, African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Alaska Natives.” The bill now goes to the president for his signature.” Read more
- [NBC News] DNC Launches Video Series Highlighting Asian-American Members of Congress: “The series will highlight the stories of prominent members of Congress, including Doris Matsui, Judy Chu, Mark Takano, Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, Mike Honda, Mark Takai, and Ami Bera.” Read more
Photo credit: “Corner, Chinatown-International District, Seattle” by Ador Pereda Yano 2016 (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.)