Hansi Lo Wang http://krwg.org en Language Barriers Pose Challenges For Mayan Migrant Children http://krwg.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 69616 at http://krwg.org Language Barriers Pose Challenges For Mayan Migrant Children Wave Of Guatemalan Migrant Children Presents Unique Challenges http://krwg.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 69324 at http://krwg.org Wave Of Guatemalan Migrant Children Presents Unique Challenges The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before http://krwg.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 20:15:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 69056 at http://krwg.org The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before Ruling On Redskins' Trademarks Carries Symbolic Weight http://krwg.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 20:22:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 68619 at http://krwg.org 50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle http://krwg.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 68344 at http://krwg.org 50 Years Ago, Freedom Summer Began By Training For Battle An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier http://krwg.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 20:11:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 68297 at http://krwg.org An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier Civil Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama Dies At 93 http://krwg.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 20:22:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 67430 at http://krwg.org Yuri Kochiyama, Activist And Former World War II Internee, Dies At 93 http://krwg.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 67390 at http://krwg.org Yuri Kochiyama, Activist And Former World War II Internee, Dies At 93 Isla Vista Killing Spree Claims 7 Lives, Including Suspect http://krwg.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 12:00:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 66879 at http://krwg.org Congress To Award Highest Honor To Army's Only Latino Unit http://krwg.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 19:42:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 66782 at http://krwg.org Congress To Award Highest Honor To Army's Only Latino Unit Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado http://krwg.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 66469 at http://krwg.org Oklahoma's Latino Community Prepares For The Next Tornado Descendants Of Chinese Laborers Reclaim Railroad's History http://krwg.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 65864 at http://krwg.org Descendants Of Chinese Laborers Reclaim Railroad's History In Asian-Majority District, House Race Divides Calif. Voters http://krwg.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 64449 at http://krwg.org In Asian-Majority District, House Race Divides Calif. Voters In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top http://krwg.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 64376 at http://krwg.org In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI http://krwg.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 63202 at http://krwg.org The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI Latinos Live Longer But Struggle To Save Enough For Retirement http://krwg.org/post/latinos-live-longer-struggle-save-enough-retirement Many American workers find themselves financially unprepared for retirement. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:04:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 62870 at http://krwg.org Latinos Live Longer But Struggle To Save Enough For Retirement Changing Demographics A Factor In Rhode Island's Gubernatorial Race http://krwg.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 12:16:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 61739 at http://krwg.org Changing Demographics A Factor In Rhode Island's Gubernatorial Race To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese http://krwg.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 60845 at http://krwg.org To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese Asian-American Contestant, 'Villain' Of 'Jeopardy,' Set To Return http://krwg.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 60504 at http://krwg.org Asian-American Contestant, 'Villain' Of 'Jeopardy,' Set To Return For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' http://krwg.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 60423 at http://krwg.org For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home http://krwg.org/post/after-tour-medal-wwii-japanese-american-soldiers-returns-home <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83Vd0Qx3sk</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:37:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 60294 at http://krwg.org After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages http://krwg.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 60053 at http://krwg.org Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages National Puerto Rican Day Parade Reorganizes After Misuse Of Funds http://krwg.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 19:13:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 59892 at http://krwg.org National Puerto Rican Day Parade Reorganizes After Misuse Of Funds Even As Ban Lifts, Many Remain Wary Of Tap Water http://krwg.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 22:11:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 57878 at http://krwg.org White House Picks Choctaw Nation To Fight Poverty In Oklahoma http://krwg.org/post/white-house-picks-choctaw-nation-fight-poverty-oklahoma Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared his "War on Poverty," President Obama issued his own plan to combat poverty Thursday with the nation's first five "<a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/economicdevelopment/programs/pz" target="_blank">Promise Zones</a>."<p>All "Promise Zones" will receive a competitive advantage when applying for federal grants, on-site support from federal officials, and, pending congressional approval, tax incentives for businesses hiring and investing in the community.<p>The Obama administration plans to select a Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:59:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 57504 at http://krwg.org White House Picks Choctaw Nation To Fight Poverty In Oklahoma Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013 http://krwg.org/post/films-black-actors-directors-go-11-2013 <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/251647213/2014-by-the-numbers" target="_blank">numbers that tell the story of this year</a> — numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. You'll hear the stories behind numbers ranging from zero to 1 trillion.</em><p>When it comes to race and film, the number of the year is 11.<p>I started the count recently at a movie theater just outside Washington, D.C., where I met Kahlila Liverpool. We were there for a movie and a meal with the D.C. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 56811 at http://krwg.org Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013 Chinese-American Descendants Uncover Forged Family Histories http://krwg.org/post/chinese-american-descendants-uncover-forged-family-history What if you discovered the last name you've lived with since birth is fake?<p>That's what happened in many Chinese-American families who first came to the U.S. before World War II, when the <a href="http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=47" target="_blank">Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882</a> banned Chinese laborers from legally entering the country.<p>The law, formally repealed by Congress 70 years ago Tuesday, prompted tens of thousands of Chinese to use forged papers to enter the U.S. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:34:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 56033 at http://krwg.org Chinese-American Descendants Uncover Forged Family Histories New Pilot Program Gives Immigrant Detainees Public Defenders http://krwg.org/post/new-pilot-program-gives-immigrant-detainees-public-defenders In the American criminal justice system, you have the right to an attorney. And if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.<p>That's not the case if you're a defendant in U.S. immigration court. Immigration proceedings are civil matters, and the Constitution does not extend the right to court-appointed attorneys to immigrant detainees.<p>But a new pilot program in New York City is trying to change that with the nation's first government-funded public defender service for immigrants facing deportation. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 54888 at http://krwg.org New Pilot Program Gives Immigrant Detainees Public Defenders A New Life For An Old Slave Jail http://krwg.org/post/new-life-old-slave-jail President Abraham Lincoln stood on a battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa., 150 years ago and declared "a new birth of freedom" for the nation.<p>That same year, an African-American man named Lewis Henry Bailey experienced his own rebirth. At age 21, Bailey was freed from slavery in Texas. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:07:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 54190 at http://krwg.org A New Life For An Old Slave Jail Asian-American Lawyers Act Like '22 Lewd Chinese Women' http://krwg.org/post/legal-drama-asian-american-law-group-relives-infamous-cases <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__FwNn-ZwHk</p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 10:20:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 53545 at http://krwg.org Asian-American Lawyers Act Like '22 Lewd Chinese Women'