By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
Attendees at a Passage to China are encouraged to participate in a survey documenting letters sent to or received from the families of Chinese immigrants from 1850 to 1970.
"Very few archives hold letters that describe the lives of immigrants or their families in China," according to Donna Gabaccia, director of the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) and Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History at the University of Minnesota.
China takes on the specialty food market
By Seth Adam Grossman, China Today Staff Writer
There is an old joke that hints at the understanding two cultures joined through food have for each other: "If, according to the Jewish calendar, the year is 5770, and, according to the Chinese calendar, the year is 4707, what did the Jews eat on Sundays for those first 1,063 years?"
LOS ANGELES-Concerned with the slow progress of TV networks in the area of diversity casting, the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) has released its 2011 report cards grading the networks' past 2010-2011 season while simultaneously challenging ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC to cast at least one Asian Pacific American actor as the main star in a TV show within the next three years.
By Anthony James, Staff Writer
If you were tuning in this past weekend you might have caught a very popular television program. No, I'm not referring to the NFC/AFC Championship games, or the Golden Globes, the Oscars, or any other American Award show. This yearly program tops any American Idol finale or final World Series pitch as it is watched all across the globe to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Lunar Year. Hosted on the national news channel, CCTV, the spring gala this year hailed the beginning of the year of the Dragon and welcomed performances from many national superstars as well as western celebrities such as Warren Buffet. The program has become a yearly tradition in Chinese homes as television access has skyrocketed in the past 2 decades; in 2007, research found that over 800 million people watch the program worldwide.