Hansi Lo Wang http://publicradioeast.org en In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top http://publicradioeast.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 39317 at http://publicradioeast.org In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI http://publicradioeast.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 37866 at http://publicradioeast.org The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI Changing Demographics A Factor In Rhode Island's Gubernatorial Race http://publicradioeast.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 36240 at http://publicradioeast.org Changing Demographics A Factor In Rhode Island's Gubernatorial Race These Cute Images Make Reading Chinese Characters 'Chineasy' http://publicradioeast.org/post/these-cute-images-make-reading-chinese-characters-chineasy Growing up in Taiwan, ShaoLan Hsueh stuck out.<p>She liked writing in Chinese.<p>"I know all the children hated it, but I was a bit odd in that I loved writing Chinese characters," says Hsueh, the daughter of a Chinese calligrapher.<p>Now living in London, she later discovered that the love she had for Chinese language felt like "torture" to her two British-born children. "I found it really challenging to try to convince them that it's really cool to read Chinese," she said. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 36161 at http://publicradioeast.org These Cute Images Make Reading Chinese Characters 'Chineasy' To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese http://publicradioeast.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 35235 at http://publicradioeast.org To Play The Part, Actors Must Talk The Talk — In Chinese Asian-American Contestant, 'Villain' Of 'Jeopardy,' Set To Return http://publicradioeast.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 34904 at http://publicradioeast.org Asian-American Contestant, 'Villain' Of 'Jeopardy,' Set To Return For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' http://publicradioeast.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 34813 at http://publicradioeast.org For Abused Native American Women, New Law Provides A 'Ray Of Hope' After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-tour-medal-wwii-japanese-american-soldiers-returns-home <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83Vd0Qx3sk</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:49:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 34683 at http://publicradioeast.org After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages http://publicradioeast.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 34434 at http://publicradioeast.org Walking Down The Widening Aisle Of Interracial Marriages National Puerto Rican Day Parade Reorganizes After Misuse Of Funds http://publicradioeast.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 34268 at http://publicradioeast.org National Puerto Rican Day Parade Reorganizes After Misuse Of Funds 'Still Turning Heads' At Lunar New Year, An All-Female Lion Dance Troupe http://publicradioeast.org/post/still-turning-heads-lunar-new-year-all-female-lion-dance-troupe <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPnv_BBL_eg</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 33318 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Still Turning Heads' At Lunar New Year, An All-Female Lion Dance Troupe Even As Ban Lifts, Many Remain Wary Of Tap Water http://publicradioeast.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 22:21:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 32093 at http://publicradioeast.org W.Va. Businesses Regroup After Tap Water Is Restored http://publicradioeast.org/post/wva-businesses-regroup-after-tap-water-restored The area around Charleston is slowly coming back to life after last week's chemical spill that contaminated the water supply. The ban on tap water has been lifted in downtown Charleston, which is good news to restaurants and other small businesses. But restaurants and laundromats in neighboring towns unaffected by the ban are serving long lines of customers in areas still without access to drinkable tap water. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 32042 at http://publicradioeast.org West Virginia Tap Water Ban Awaits A Good Flush http://publicradioeast.org/post/west-virginia-tap-water-ban-awaits-good-flush Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Faucets in parts of West Virginia are running drinkable water again. This after a chemical spill leaked into the Elk River and tainted the local water supply. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 31922 at http://publicradioeast.org White House Picks Choctaw Nation To Fight Poverty In Oklahoma http://publicradioeast.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 31669 at http://publicradioeast.org White House Picks Choctaw Nation To Fight Poverty In Oklahoma Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013 http://publicradioeast.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 30880 at http://publicradioeast.org Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013 Chinese-American Descendants Uncover Forged Family Histories http://publicradioeast.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 30013 at http://publicradioeast.org Chinese-American Descendants Uncover Forged Family Histories Mandela's Death Reverberates Across U.S. http://publicradioeast.org/post/mandelas-death-reverberates-across-us Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>We're reporting today on the passing of Nelson Mandela. The Nobel laureate and first black president of South Africa died yesterday at 95. Many here in the United States felt a connection to Mandela, among them former President Bill Clinton. He spoke recently to CBS News about Mandela's legacy.<p>PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: He built a genuine multiracial democracy in South Africa, when he could have had a one-party state and shut everybody else out. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:26:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 29221 at http://publicradioeast.org Supporters Of Immigration Overhaul Remain Focused http://publicradioeast.org/post/supporters-immigration-overhaul-keep-issue-alive Lawmakers on Capitol Hill face a lengthy to-do list before they head home for the holidays. Near the top is an issue deemed a priority after last year's election — immigration reform. So far, only the Senate has <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/27/196328579/senate-approves-sweeping-immigration-overhaul-in-final-vote" target="_blank">passed a bill</a>.<p>Despite the standstill, supporters of immigration reform are pushing to keep the issue alive on a crowded legislative slate.<p>For a group of protesters on the National Mall, the strategy has become dramatic and drastic. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 29051 at http://publicradioeast.org Supporters Of Immigration Overhaul Remain Focused New Pilot Program Gives Immigrant Detainees Public Defenders http://publicradioeast.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 28780 at http://publicradioeast.org New Pilot Program Gives Immigrant Detainees Public Defenders