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Lunar New Year in America and the Growth of the Asian-American Population

February 11, 2016

Monday, February 8, marked the first day of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated across East Asia and in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese communities all over the world as the Spring Festival, Seollal, or Tết. Since the earliest days of Chinese immigration in the 1800s, the Lunar New Year has been celebrated in all…

How Tech Startup Founders Are Hacking Immigration

February 10, 2016

Standing under fluorescent lights at a San Francisco hospital, employees of Medisas Inc. were celebrating the debut of their medical records software. It was the product of two years of planning, coding, and countless meetings with hospital administrators, all driven by Gautam Sivakumar, the startup’s founder and chief executive officer. But Sivakumar spent that day at a computer in his childhood…

‘Biliteracy’ Seal on Student Diplomas Will Recognize and Reward Bilingualism

February 9, 2016

Ability to speak two languages called important advantage for NJ students as they enter workforce and college New Jersey has joined more than a dozen other states that endorse an official seal on high school graduates’ diplomas and other records that signifies they are proficient in a second language. Known as the State Seal of…

Immigrants in Iowa, Host of Thursday’s GOP Debate

January 27, 2016

Tomorrow evening, the Republican candidates will meet in Des Moines for their final debate (#GopDebate) before next week’s Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by Fox News, is the last opportunity for the candidates to present their platforms before voters head to the polls. Iowa is home to a small, but growing, immigrant population—although just 4.48…

An Immigrant Family Behind America’s Pita Craze

January 25, 2016

In elementary school, Karen Toufayan’s friends never knew what to make of her lunch. While the others munched on Wonder Bread, Karen usually unwrapped a pita. “Nobody knew anything about pita bread,” says Karen. “They couldn’t even pronounce it. People were like, ‘What is that?’” She says it was like that scene from the movie…

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