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Although the Chinese American community has always strived to be good citizens, history has shown that they have not been treated fairly and need to let their Congressional leaders know that their service to our country needs to be recognized. Like many minorities, Chinese Americans overcame discrimination to serve their country bravely and honorably and we need to encourage the Congress to act favorably on this proposal to commemorate the service of these Chinese American veterans. 

 

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Two years ago, around the time of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, the chief editor of investigative newspaper Ming Pao was brutally stabbed on the streets of Hong Kong.  

Two years later, following Ming Pao’s front-page story linking top Hong Kong businessmen, celebrities and politicians to offshore accounts as revealed in the Panama Papers leak, its top news editor was abruptly sacked on April 19.  Is it coincidence or is it another form of suppressing press freedom? 

Ming Pao is one of Hong Kong’s most respected Chinese-language papers.  Its management issued an official statement claiming the firing was a cost-cutting move.  However, staff and journalist organizations are not buying it.  They question the “saving resources” claim and held a rally with signs that said, “Not clear, not open.”

This latest incident calls into question the paper's editorial independence.  It also calls attention to the greater question: is Hong Kong’s media once again under threat?

Edited by Song Miou, Xinhua News

The Supreme People's Court (SPC) on April 15 streamlined procedure on accepting and hearing cases, another step toward an authoritative judicial system in China.

The rules, to take effect on May 1, state that any interference in court procedure will be severely punished.

To address difficulties for the public in filing cases, current accreditation by courts will be replaced by a case registration system.  Authorities are determined to put an end to obstructive behavior by courts and officials meddling in cases.

By Elaine Dunn

This Lunar New Year had many people, linguists included, puzzled.  And the media had a field day with clever headlines such as “The big ‘yang’ theory,” “Sod off sheep! It’s the Year of the Goat” “Whatever floats your goat,” “Sheep, goat or ram debate shepherds response,” etc.

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