Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 11

For the week of April 30th to May 6th, here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
On Saturday, 82 of the girls abducted by Boko Haram were released. The girls will face a long road ahead of them, but hopefully with their families and nation behind them, they will recover.
Read the article at BBC.com

Monday:
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to "Gay Conversion" Therapy Ban.
Read the article at NBC News.

Federal Court rules that net neutrality regulations will stand.
Read the article at the Hill.

Wednesday:
Scientists Use Tool to Remove HIV Gene from Mice.
Read the story at CBS News.

Thursday:
English Student creates a new synthetic retina.
Read the article at Science Daily.

Apple announces 1 billion dollar fund to create manufacturing jobs in the US.
Read the story at the New York Times.

Friday:
Diabetes type 1 cured in mice for a year without side effects.
Read the story here.


Feel free to link anyone you'd like to this. And if you have any Good News links in the coming week that you'd like to share, feel free to send them my way. I can definitely use more.


American Immigrant Highlights: Thailand

The first known Thai immigrants to America were Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese twins who were known as a sideshow attraction because they were the first known case of a pair of twins who were conjoined. They came to the US in 1830. The name bunker was one they adopted after coming here, and both married, each fathering many children. After them, immigration was very light until the Vietnam war. During the 1960s, at least 5000 Thai immigrants came to the US. In the 70s, this number increased to 44,000. The numbers have been increasing dramatically ever since. As of 2015, the US Thai population was more than 300,000.

The largest Thai population in the US is in Los Angeles, which is the largest Thai population outside of Asia. In 2002, over 80,000 lived in that area. The only known "Thai Town" at this time is in that area. Other large groups can be found in Nevada; Illinois; Texas; Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno, and Sacramento California; Washington; Virginia; Pennsylvania; and Maryland.

Thai cuisine is very popular now, third only to Chinese and Japanese in popularity. Part of this popularity is due to American GIs stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam war, who grew used to the food in the area, and many of whom brought home Thai wives. Thai restaurants are very common in large cities, and has even begun to appear in grocery stores, particularly in the frozen food section. Their most basic foodstuff, as is true in most Asian cultures, is rice. In fact, the Thai words for "rice" and "food" are basically the same. Thai food is known for using aromatics and spices. Another favorite food ingredient is peanuts. They use them in sauces as well as on top of dishes as an accent. They are also known for their decorative touches to their dishes. The art of vegetable carving is said to originate from Thailand. Some particularly well-known dishes include Panang Curry, Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, and Khao Pad (Fried Rice).

Notable Thai Americans:

  • Anthony Ampaipitakwong, pro soccer player
  • Todd Angkasuwan, music video and documentary director
  • Chang and Eng Bunker, famous Siamese twins
  • Anthony Burch, writer of Borderlands 2
  • Amanda Mildred Carr, BMX racer
  • Michael Chaturantabut, actor and martial artist
  • Johnny Damon, MLB player
  • Charles Djou, politician
  • Tammy Duckworth, politician
  • Kevin Kaesviharn, football player
  • Sanit Khewhok, artist
  • Eric Koston, pro skater
  • Nichkhun, singer
  • Thakoon Panichgul, fashion designer
  • Ben Parr, author
  • John Pippy, politician
  • Stacy Prammanasudh, golfer
  • Jocelyn Seagrave, actress
  • Prim Siripipat, sportscaster
  • Brenda Song, actress
  • Tamarine Tanasugarn, pro tennis player
  • Kevin Tancharoen, dancer, choreographer, producer, director
  • Maurissa Tancharoen, actress, singer, dancer, producer, writer, lyricist
  • Chrissy Tiegen, model
  • Tiger Woods, pro golfer


This is not a complete list. For the full list, look at this list on Wikipedia.

Sources
Thai Americans
Thai Americans
Thai Cuisine
7 Biggest Misconceptions About Thai Cuisine
Top 10 Thai Foods

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 10

For the week of April 23rd to 29th, here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
On Monday, it was announced that a citizen committee in Ireland voted to amend their harsh anti-abortion laws in the direction of decriminalization. Ireland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, and this is a great first step. For the sake of all Irish women, I hope this keeps progressing.
For more, read the story here.

Monday:
African countries get the first doses of a new malaria vaccine.
Read the story at BBC.com.

A caterpillar could be the solution to getting rid of plastic waste.
Read the story at BBC.com.

Tuesday:
A Federal Judge ruled that Trump's Executive Order against Sanctuary Cities cannot be upheld.
Read the story at CNN.com.

Oslo, London and Amsterdam lead a push for green transport.
Read the story at Reuters.

Wednesday:
A study shows youth violence in the US is declining.
Read the article at Science Daily

Paul Allen donates money for housing for Seattle homeless.
Read the article at The Seattle Times.

Thursday:
Bloomberg starts fund for Coal communities who need job retraining.
Read the article here.

Saturday:
World War II veteran comes out as transgender at 90.
Read the whole article here


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American Immigrant Highlights: Sudan

Sudanese Americans generally refers to those who came here from North Sudan. South Sudanese refer to themselves as South Sudanese Americans. The South Sudanese began to come here first, attempting to escape the Sudanese civil war in the 1980s and 90s. The northern Sudanese began to arrive in the US in the 90s, coming from the refugee camps created in the neighboring countries because of the Sudanese civil war. Because of the difference in tribes in their old country, and the different journeys the two groups went through to get to America, they see themselves as distinctly separate groups. There are ten distinct Sudanese tribes, and they see themselves either as Sudanese or South Sudanese depending on which tribe their people are from. The lines grow a bit blurry because of the Civil war in Sudan, which led to the division of the country, and the dividing line between the two groups in the US today.

There are over 100,000 people in the US who are South Sudanese, and more than 42, 000 who are Sudanese, as of 2013. Significant population centers for both groups include New York; Detroit; Des Moines, Iowa; Alexandria, Virginia; Washington DC; LA; San Diego; and Omaha, Nebraska.

Because most Sudanese people arrived in the US so recently and because of political strife in their original nations, they have created many groups dedicated to helping each other in their new country, or to helping Sudan recover from the ravages of war. The New Sudan-American Hope was founded in 1999 in Minnesota to help Sudanese adjust to their new homeland. In 1997, the Southern Sudanese Community Association was founded to provide education and help in learning English and understanding US culture and monetary issues. The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation was created to help provide scholarships for South Sudanese immigrants. There is also the Sudanese American Public Affairs Association, aiming at improving the visibility and stability of the Sudanese American people, and improving their relationship with the US government. The Sudanese American Medical Association is a group of medical professionals of Sudanese descent who work to better medical care both within and outside of the US.

Sudanese food is influenced by Arabs and spice traders and several other influences that passed through the country. Particularly they were influenced by the Egyptians, Yemeni, Indians, and Ethiopians. Stews and porridge are very common there, as are fish dishes in the south. For meat aside from fish, they tend to use goat, beef, or chicken. They are fond of coffee, which is often strong and sweetened and spiced with ginger or cinnamon. They also enjoy fruit and herbal teas. They have a cake called bisbosa, which is a semolina cake soaked in syrup. They have a carrot salad called Salaat Jazar, as well as a yogurt salad made from vegetables and yogurt called Salaat Zabidi. Kissra is their staple bread, which is made from durra or corn, and served with one of their many stews. Southern cuisine is more complex, as more of the influences passed through the southern part of the country over the centuries. They are particularly fond of using peanuts in their cooking, as a sauce, thickener, even a dressing.

Notable Sudanese and South Sudanese Americans:


  • Nawal M. Nour, gynecologist
  • Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, professor
  • Mohammed Adam El-Sheikh, imam
  • Oddisee, musician
  • Lopez Lomong, track and field athlete
  • Mari Malek, model and philanthropist
  • Guor Marial, track and field athlete
  • Ger Duany, actor and model
  • Sinkane, musician
  • Khigh Dhiegh, actor
  • Ramey Dawoud, musician


Like Lybia, there just are not many well-known Sudanese yet in the US. Mostly because they are so new to the US. However, they are here to stay, and I am sure this list will grow quickly over time.

In truth, there is a lot of mixing between the two groups, and the division is quite recent. That makes it little confusing to understand the differences between them, so hopefully I haven't mixed them up too much. I apologize if I have.

Sources
Sudanese Americans
South Sudanese Americans
Sudanese Cuisine
Sudanese Food
About the Food of South Sudan

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 9

For the week of April 16th to 22nd, here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
On Sunday, Brown University announced that they will drop their fee for low-income applicants. This is a huge step forward for higher education, and one that more and more Universities are pushing towards, despite the federal government's unwillingness to help educate the populace.
See the article at the New York Times.


Monday:
A California utility is launching the first hybrid power system.
See the article at the Associated Press.

Tuesday:
Democrat Jon Ossoff almost got enough votes to win outright in the Primaries in Georgia.
Read the story at the New York Times.

Wednesday:
Former Presidential candidate Cruz is losing in his Texas reelection campaign against a Democratic hopeful, Castro.
Read the story at the Hill.

Thursday:
Canadian government has ruled to keep Net Neutrality, despite US's stance.
Read the story at Blooomberg News.

Friday:
An Indiana University is making a policy of refusing to recruit athletes with a history of sexual violence.
Read the story at Teen Vogue.

Saturday:
You Tube lived up to their promise to fix Restricted mode so that not all GLBT videos would be blocked by it.
Read the article here.


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American Immigrant Highlights: Italy

Italian Americans are the fourth largest European ethnic group in the US. The first major wave of immigrants came in the 1870s. This increased in the 1880s, and continued until the onset of the first world war. Approximately 84% of Italian Americans immigrated from Sicily and Southern Italy, which were overpopulated agricultural areas with high poverty and poor living conditions. Currently, over 17 million Americans claim Italian ancestry. Though there are Italian Americans spread across the US today, there are several cities with particularly high Italian American populations, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Newark, Saint Louis, Syracuse, Providence, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Ybor City Florida, Birmingham, San Francisco, and San Diego.

The earliest Italians who came to America were explorers who helped connect Europe to the American continents, including Christopher Columbus and Aermigo Vespucci, who is the man for whom the American Continents were named. Most early immigrants to the US started as laborers in cities, mining camps, and agriculture. They were strongly Catholic, and heavily involved in fraternal organizations and political parties. They took part in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, fighting on both sides. After Italian Unification, the Italian government encouraged greater immigration out of the country, which greatly increased the number of immigrants to the US. During World War I, Italian American enlisted in large numbers, and made up about 12% of the American forces that went overseas.

Between World War I and the Immigration Act of 1924, Immigration declined. Despite this, Italian Americans began to really settle into the American lifestyle. It was during this time that they began to have a heavy influence on the US culture, contributing to food tastes, music, and movies, among many other things. World War II caused issues for Italian Americans, though. Because Italy was an Axis power, many other Americans felt they should be confined to keep from harming other Americans. Many were interned in detention camps. More than 600,000 other Italian Americans who had not become citizens were required to carry cards that identified them as resident aliens, and many were forced to move away from the West Coast, causing them to lose homes and businesses that they had there. Despite this, though, Italian Americans served proudly during the war. In 2000, Bill Clinton signed an act that ordered a review by the US Attorney General of how Italians were treated during the Second World War.

During the heaviest part of Italian immigration to the US, Italians suffered from various forms of discrimination. They were refused jobs and housing, and were often victims of violence, particularly in the south. Between 1890 and 1920, the stereotype of the violent Italian criminal was commonplace, which caused them to be targeted for accusation of crimes regardless of facts, and lynching by members of the communities they settled in.

Italian American food is probably the most popular immigrant food in America today. Because of the heavy influences from immigrants, the major Italian foods most Americans are familiar with are based on Southern Italian cooking, which focuses more on pasta, tomato-based sauces, and olive oil. Northern Italians also introduced some foods to the American diet, including risotto, white sauce, and polenta. Though these foods are very popular now, in the early days of Italian immigration to the US, these foods were looked down on by other Americans. Despite this, Italian food was one of the earliest foods to be canned for mass sale in grocery stores. Chef Boyardee's sauce was so popular that he had opened a factory to can his sauce in 1928. It was soldiers returning from World War II who really began to popularize Italian foods. Having lived on the foods in the areas they were stationed, they began to seek them out, and Italian food was readily and easily available. By the 50s, Italian food was quickly becoming part of the American diet, and the rise of the teenager made one food in particular popular: Pizza. Nowadays anyone can grab a slice from a restaurant nearby. Or simply pick up a phone and order a whole pizza to go or even to be delivered.

Notable Italian Americans:

  • Joseph Barbera, animator, director & producer, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera
  • Frank Frazetta, fantasy and sci-fi artist
  • Carmine Infantino, comic book artist and editor
  • Walter Lantz, animator, created Woody Woodpecker
  • Bob Montana, comic strip artist, creator of Archie and his pals
  • John Romita Sr, comic book artist, known for the Amazing Spider Man
  • Gerard Way, frontman of My Chemical Romance
  • Giada De Laurentiis, tv chef
  • Mario Batali, tv chef, Iron Chef
  • Tom Colicchio, tv chef, judge on Top Chef
  • Samuel Alito, Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • Vincent Bugliosi, prosecuted Charles Manson, expert on the Kennedy assassinations
  • Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Associate Justice
  • John Sirica, judge famous for presiding over the Watergate hearings
  • Walter Schirra, one of the original seven astronauts chosen for the Mercury Project
  • Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York
  • Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York
  • William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Maryland
  • Enrico Fermi, physicist
  • Emilio Segre, Nobel Prize winning physicist
  • John Fusco, writer and screenwriter of movies such as Young Guns, Hidalgo, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
  • Camille Paglia, critic
  • Mario Puzo, writer & screenwriter of the Godfather
  • RA Salvatore, science fiction & fantasy writer
  • Geraldine Ferraro, first woman to be nominated for Vice President by a major political party
  • Nancy Pelosi, first woman in US history to be the Speaker of the US House of Representatives
  • Oleg Cassini, fashion designer
  • Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America
  • Yogi Berra, baseball player and manager
  • Joe DiMaggio, baseball player, in the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Charles Atlas, bodybuilder
  • Lou Ferrigno, bodybuilder
  • Jake LaMotta, boxer
  • Brian Boitano, figure skater
  • Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers
  • Dan Marino, quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, in the Hall of Fame
  • Joe Montana, quarterback
  • Phil Mickelson, pro golfer
  • Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics
  • The Andretti family, known for their race car drivers
  • Ariana Grande, singer
  • Hayden Christensen, actor
  • Chris Evans, actor
  • Lady Gaga, singer
  • Rooney Mara, actress
  • Christina Ricci, actress
  • Bradley Cooper, actor
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
  • Kate Hudson, actress
  • Alyssa Milano, actress
  • Zachary Quinto, actor
  • Jon Bon Jovi, singer
  • Nicholas Cage, actor
  • Jon Favreau, actor & director
  • Norman Reedus, actor
  • Brooke Shields, actress
  • Gwen Stefani, singer
  • Quentin Terantino, director
  • Stanley Tucci, actor
  • Vincent D'Onofrio, actor
  • Anjelica Huston, actress
  • Cyndi Lauper, singer
  • Jay Leno, comedian, actor, former host of the Tonight Show
  • Madonna, singer & actress
  • Joe Piscopo, actor & comedian
  • Isabella Rossellini, actress
  • Gary Sinise, actor
  • John Travolta, actor
  • Robert De Niro, actor
  • Penny Marshall, actress, director & producer
  • Gary Marshall, director & producer
  • Liza Minnelli, actress & singer
  • Bruce Springsteen, singer
  • Bobby Darin, actor & singer
  • Dom DeLuise, comedian & actor
  • Frank Langella, actor
  • Dean Martin, singer
  • Frank Sinatra, singer


This is by no means a complete list. For more interesting Italian Americans, look at this list on Wikipedia.

Sources
Italian Americans
Italian American Cuisine
How America Became Italian
A Brief History of Italian Food in America
How Italian Cuisine Became as American as Apple Pie

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 8

For the week of April 9th to 15th, here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
Last Sunday, it was announced that KT McFarland is stepping down as National Security Adviser. Slowly Trump's people are either realizing they are not fit for power, or being removed from office. Hopefully the dominoes will all drop on him.
Read the article at the New York Times.


Monday:
Another judge ruled that Voter ID Laws are created to disadvantage minorities in Texas. This is the second ruling of this sort in Texas in two months.
Read the article at the Associated Press.

The Pope has a free laundromat opened for Rome's Poor.
Read the article at CNN.

The Maryland General assembly passed bill that will help to keep drugs at reasonable prices.
Read the article at the Baltimore Sun.

The UK provides millions to help build electric batteries for vehicles.
Read the article at Reuters.

Roman citizens provide food to migrants despite the city's attempt to keep them out.
Read the article at Reuters.

Kenya is cooking with solar power, even when it is not sunny.
Read the article at Reuters.

Tuesday:
The Indian Parliament passes bill to prevent HIV and AIDS discrimination.
Read the article here.

A Small-town Iowa editor wins a Pulitzer for taking on big farming corporations in his state.
Read the story at the Associated Press.

Friday:
The Washington state Legislature passes a bill allowing women to get their contraception for 12 months at a time, instead of only one-month doses.
Read the story at King 5 News.

A new 3D patch can help mend scarred heart tissue.
Read the article here.


Feel free to link anyone you'd like to this. And if you have any Good News links in the coming week that you'd like to share, feel free to send them my way. I can definitely use more.


So my initial plan this week was to do China, however, it has been a crazy week and I am mentally and physically drained, so I didn't want to tackle a group that had such an immense history in the US, and with such a huge impact on our culture. They will come back around, though, because they are fascinating, and well worth talking about. So I went with the next Asian American group I had planned for instead. (Still ended up kicking my ass, though.)

American Immigrant Highlights: Filipino

Filipino Americans are Americans of Filipino descent, also called Fil-Ams or Pinoy. Pinoy is a term used particularly for those Filipinos who live in the US, over those who are of Filipino-American descent in the Philippines. Filipinos have been coming to America since the 16th century, though they didn't begin coming in large numbers until the early 20th century, when the country was ceded by Spain to the US in the Treaty of Paris, which was an agreement that gave much of the remaining Spanish Empire to the US. They did not let the Philippines go for free, though. The US paid $20 million to Spain for the country. The US formally recognized Philippine independence in 1946. Because of the Immigration act of 1924, immigration from the Philippines reduced specifically in the 30s except for those serving in the US Navy, and it wasn't until the 1964 reform came about that their numbers began to increase once more.

According to the 2010 US Census, there were 3.4 million Filipino Americans, which makes them an estimated 1.1% of the total US population. They are the US's second largest Asian ancestry group after Chinese Americans. They are also the largest population of Overseas Filipinos. The largest populations of Filipinos in the US are in Hawaii, California, New York, and Illinois. Filipinos are one of the top ten largest US immigrant groups, and they have the highest rate of assimilation with the exception of their cuisine. This has led to them being seen as a nearly invisible immigrant group.

Because they were under Spanish rule for over 300 years, many Filipinos have adopted Hispanic names and are considered Asian Latinos. However, they have also been influenced by other cultures. In addition to Filipino and Spanish surnames, there are also Japanese, Indian and Chinese surnames in the Filipino community. These influences have also influenced language, and Filipinos have many languages. Filipino and English are the official languages in the Philippines. There is also a strong Chinese tongue, called Philippine Hokkien. Then there is Tagalog, which is a combination of Filipino, English, and Spanish. It is the fifth most-spoken language in the US. It is so heavily used in California that many of California's public announcements are also translated into Tagalog. There are many other language spoken by Filipinos, but those are the largest four languages in the community.

During World War II, 250,000 to 400,000 Filipinos served in the US Military. These soldiers were promised the benefits all American soldiers were due, however after the war was over, the benefits were denied them, and it was only after decades of fight with the US government that they were given even part of those benefits. By that time, more than 30,000 had immigrated to the US formally, and were already receiving some of their benefits. But finally the US Senate introduced a bill providing a one-time payment of at least 9,000 US Dollars to those still owed who were not US Citizens, and 15,000 US Dollars to eligible US Citizens. In 2012, the Social Security Administration announced that non-resident Filipino World War II veterans could claim some social security benefits, though they would lose them if they visited the US for more than a month, or immigrated to the US.

Despite their numbers, Filipino food is not a well-known cuisine in this country. Because there are so many influences in Filipino history, they have a tendency to adopt other food influences into their diets. One of the more recent trends in food that comes from Filipino culture is matcha, a concentrated powder form of Japanese green tea that is used in pastries, drinks, and many other things. Another Filipino influence is ube, which is a purple yam that has begun to be used in many pastries and drinks and is used in many other ways as well. Other well-known Filipino foods include Pancit (Filipino noodle dishes), Sisig (a pork dish), Kare-kare (an oxtail and peanut butter stew), Pinakebet (a stir-fried sort of vegetable dish), Dinaguan (aka "pork blood stew"), Lechon (a charcoal-roasted pig dish), Adobo, Lumpia (the Filipino version of spring rolls), Tocino (cured pork sliced and grilled, with a sweet marinade), Sinigang (a meat and vegetable soup).

Notable Filipino Americans:
  • Charles Klapow – choreographer for High School musicals and other films
  • Ruth Elynia S Mabanglo, Ph.D. – Professor of Philippine Literature, University of Hawaii
  • Baldomero Olivera, Ph.D. – Professor of Biology, University of Utah, first Fil-Am member of the US National Academy of Sciences
  • Lynda Barry – comic strip cartoonist and novelist
  • Ernie Chan – comic artist for Marvel and DC comics
  • Don Figueroa – comic artist for IDW Publishing and Dreamwave Entertainment
  • Van Partible – creator of Johnny Bravo
  • Whilce Portacio – created Bishop of the X-Men, co-founder of Image Comics
  • Tony DeZuniga – co-creator of Jonah Hex
  • Emil Guillermo – award-winning journalist, writer, and broadcaster, first Filipino American to anchor NPR's All Things Considered
  • Jose Antonio Vargas – Pulitzer Prize Winner in Journalism for his work with the Washington Post
  • Simeon R Acoba, Jr, JD – former Associate Justice on the Hawaii State Supreme Court
  • Jessica Hagedorn, playwriter and author
  • Jose Garcia Villa – poet, writer
  • Joan Alemidilla – Broadway actress known for her roles in Miss Saigon and Les Miserables
  • Robert Lopez – composer, Tony Award Winner, wrote Let It Go for the movie Frozen
  • Deedee Magno – actress in the touring and San Francisco cast of Wicked, former mouseketeer
  • Caterina Fake – co-founder of Flickr and Hunch
  • Fritz Friedman – Senior VP of Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, former State Commissioner for Asian Americans
  • Bobby Murphy – Co-founder, Snapchat
  • Cristeta Comerford – First female executive chef at the White House
  • Peter Aduja – served in the State Legislature in Hawaii, first Filipino American elected in the US
  • Thurgood Marshall, Jr – White House senior staff member during the Clinton Administration
  • Michele J Sison – US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
  • Phoebe Cates – actress, known for her roles in Who's the Boss and Charmed
  • Darren Criss – actor & singer, known for his role in Glee
  • Mark Cacascos – actor & martial arts expert
  • Nia Peeples – actress
  • Lou Diamond Phillips – actor
  • Robert Lopez – composer, first Filipino to win an EGOT (winning each of the Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards); twelfth person to achieve an EGOT
  • Kirk Hammett – lead guitarist for Metallica
  • Mike Inez – bassist of Alice in Chains
  • Joe Santiago – lead guitarist of the Pixies
  • Enrique Iglesias – singer
  • Allan Pineda Lindo, aka apl.de.ap – member of the Black Eyed Peas
  • Lea Salonga – actress & singer
  • Tia Carrere – actress
  • Rob Schneider – actor & comedian

This is by no means a complete list. For more interesting Filipino Americans, look at this list on Wikipedia.

Sources
Filipino Americans
Treaty of Paris
What It Means to Be a Filipino-American
Filipino American Food is more than just food from the Philippines
9 Filipino Dishes You Need to Know

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 7

I know it's been a sobering week with the news of Syria, but there have been a number of good things that have happened as well, despite Trump still being in office.

For the week of April 1st to April 8th, here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
The US Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act included protection from Sexual Orientation Discrimination for all employees in any state in the country. Despite all the laws against GLBT people passing across the country, they cannot be put into effect due to this ruling. It might take time to fight them all down, but it will happen.
Read the story at the Human Rights Campaign's website.


Monday:
The island nation Palau proves protecting the oceans makes a difference.
Read the story at the National Geographic.

Tuesday:
Scientists make a filter capable of making seawater drinkable.
Read the story at CNN.

Construction companies are not bidding on building Trump's Wall.
Read the story at CNN.

Wednesday:
Steve Bannon was removed from National Security Council. At the very least, this means he no longer has a say in military matters, which I can't help but believe is a good thing.
See the article at the Washington Post.

Boeing and Jet Blue are investing in a company that is working on making electric powered planes.
Read the story at Fortune.

Thursday:
Solar startup to attempt to bring solar energy to rural areas of Africa.
Read the article at Reuters.

Friday:
BC government decides women cannot be forced to wear heels in BC workplaces.
Read the article at the CBC.

UN experts denounce pesticides, stating they are not needed to feed the world.
Read the article at the Guardian.

Algeria asks for bids to build solar power plants.
Read the story at Reuters.

An Amateur Astronomist discovers new four-planet solar system.
Read the story at the Guardian.


Feel free to link anyone you'd like to this. And if you have any Good News links in the coming week that you'd like to share, feel free to send them my way. I can definitely use more.


American Immigrant Highlights: Libya

Libyan Americans make up a small percentage of our population today. According to the 2000 Census, there were almost 3000 Americans who claimed Libyan ancestry, and this number has more than quadrupled since. 46.6% of all Libyan immigrants to the US are naturalized US Citizens. The largest Libyan populations are currently in Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, and California. Libyans tend to have jobs as managers, engineers or teachers, and make close to or above the median income in the US. Unfortunately, because their numbers are still so small in comparison to other immigrant populations of the US, the information about them is a little scarce.

There are several Libyan American associations in the US. These include the Libyan American Organization, the Libyan American Friendship Association, the Libyan American Association in Southern California, and the Libyan American Association of Georgia. All work to improve US/Libyan communications.

Libyan food is not as commonly known as middle eastern food here in the US, but there are a few things that they brought with them that have become known here in the US. The four main ingredients of traditional foods are olives, palm dates, grains, and milk. They are also fond of tea, which in Libya is a very strong black tea, which is syrup-like. Like most of the Mediterranean region, garlic also appears frequently in their spices. One of the major foods that the American population has adopted from the Libyan culture is couscous, which is a rice-like grain that is flavored with spices and served with meat (usually lamb) and vegetables on top. Another more-known Libyan food is Harissa, which is a hot chili sauce from the northern coast of Africa which contains chili peppers and many hot spices.

Notable Libyan Americans:
  • Esam Omeish, physician and politician
  • Jawal Nga, producer and writer
  • Khaled Mattawa, poet and writer
  • Don Coscarelli, director, producer, and screenwriter, known for his work on the Phantasm films, Beastmaster (the original movie), and also Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Saddeka Arebi, anthropologist and author
  • Ali Abdussalam Tarhouni, economist and politician
  • Mohammed Yousef el-Magariaf, exile for over 30 years in the US, Libyan politician
  • Abdurrahim El-Keib, with the Libyan opposition in the US for years, Libyan politician, former Prime Minister of Libya

Usually this is where I would provide a link to a full list of Libyan Americans. Unfortunately, there just aren't any more. With the population so small here in America, and Libyan-American relations being what they are, Libyans just don't come here in large numbers. I'm sure there are more not named here, but I wasn't able to find much at all, so this is it for Libyan Americans.


Sources
Libyan Americans
Immigrants from Banned Nations
Libyan food and the main dishes & meals in Libya
Libyan Cuisine

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 6

For the week of March 26th to April 1st, here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
Everyone in Washington knows who Tim Eyman is. And most in Seattle would agree that he is one of the worst abusers of the Washington Ballot Measure system. This week, the Washington State Attorney General said that they are suing Eyman for unlawful transactions within his campaigns in this state. Basically, Eyman used campaign funds for personal expenses. It's taken far too long, but it's a step in the right direction.
Watch the video or read the story at King 5.


Monday:
The Lucas Family Foundation has donated $10M to USC to promote Student Diversity.
Read the story here.

Tuesday:
A new MS Drug has been approved by FDA.
Read the news here at NBC News.

The Supreme Court ruled this week that states must use current science in judging intellectual disability in court cases.
Read the story at the New York Times.

Wednesday:
Seattle stands its ground against Sessions.
Read the story at the Stranger.

And in a related article, the whole West Coast Stands against Trump.
Read the article here.

Thursday:
A woman in India invents way to make plastic waste useful.
Read the article here.

Friday:
El Salvador bans Toxic Metal Mining.
Read the article here at the Guardian.


Feel free to link anyone you'd like to this. And if you have any Good News links in the coming week that you'd like to share, feel free to send them my way. I can definitely use more.


American Immigrant Highlights: Poland

Polish Americans are one of the largest immigrant groups in the US today. They are the largest Slavic ethnic group, the second Central and Eastern European group, and the eight largest immigrant group overall. There are an estimated 9.5 million Polish Americans today, representing three percent of the US population. The largest groups of Polish Americans today are in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and the upper Midwest. New York, Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have the highest populations of Polish Americans overall.

The first Polish settlers in America came in 1585 to the Roanoke Colony (for more on that see this link). In other words, the Polish have been part of our country since European settlers first came to America. Two early immigrants even led armies in the Revolutionary war.

The main time of immigration for Poles to the US was during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Because Poland's borders have changed so greatly in the past two hundred years, many of the immigrants from that area were recorded as Russian, German, and Austrian by the people recording their entry into the country. Before this period, most of the Poles came as single people or small family groups, and just settled into whatever community they could find, not setting up Polish enclaves the way many other immigrant groups did to be near people like themselves. Because of this, the rate of assimilation at this time was quite high, and they quickly intermarried with other racial groups. From 1870 to 1914, the Poles arrived in two particular groups: the Jews and the Catholics. Each settled into their own groups, setting up highly specialized ethnic communities to keep their cultures strong. Many Polish-American organizations sprang up during this time. After 1914, Polish immigration declined, the largest upsurge since them probably being the wave of immigrants from the area in the 30s and 40s, many of whom were fleeing the region in droves.

As with the Irish, many people looked down on the Polish in America. The hostility grew from a German attitude that considered Polish people to be a lesser people. Much like how they treated other ethnic groups, they were a major focus of Nazi attacks in Germany and surrounding regions. Some of this was due to the large Jewish population in the region, but it also stemmed from a generalized mistrust of anyone who was not directly German. These attitudes came across the Atlantic with immigrants, and though it was more muted here, you can still find the attitude easily in "Polish Jokes." Rather like "Dumb Blonde Jokes," these jokes focused on how stupid and lower-class Polish people supposedly were. Polish American organizations have been fighting since the 60s to challenge these negative stereotypes in America. Slowly the Polish Joke has begun to fade away.

Polish food is well known in the US, particularly kielbasa and more recently pierogis. Kielbasa is a garlic-flavored pork sausage used in many different dishes both whole and cut up. Perogis are a potato dumpling that features as many variations as there are flavours of ice cream, both savory and sweet. Other Polish American cuisine includes sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, cabbage in any form, coffee cake, and potato pancakes. There is also Grzaniec, a mulled wine in a very classic style. Many soups and stews are also popular in this cuisine, especially the very well-known cold remedy, chicken soup, and also a Polish version of Goulash, or as they call it, Gulasz. Their food also features herring many ways. Some Polish food is so integrated into the US that many dishes seem American all on their own, while others still seem exotic and fascinating, especially if you do not live in an area that has a major Polish community.

Notable Polish Americans:
Sorry it's so long this week. I do try to keep them short, but this is after I made cuts. I literally couldn't choose to cut any of these.

  • David, Rosanna, and Patricia Arquette, famous acting family
  • Christine Baranski, comedian, choreographer, and actress
  • Jack Benny, Polish-Jewish comedian
  • Jon Bon Jovi, musician and actor, founder and frontman of Bon Jovi
  • Nicolas Cage, actor
  • Jennifer Connelly, Oscar-winning actress
  • Peter Falk, Polish-Jewish actor
  • Scarlett Johansson, actress, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Harvey Keitel, actor, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Jenny McCarthy, comedian and actress
  • Wentworth Miller, actor
  • Zero Mostel, actor, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Paul Newman, actor
  • Jerry Orbach, tony-award winning actor, known for his role on Law and Order
  • Frank Oz, director, puppeteer for the Muppets
  • Jared Padalecki, actor known for his role in Supernatural
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, actress, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Paul Rudd, actor, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Live Schreiber, actor, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Ben Stiller, comedian and actor, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Alan Tudyk, actor
  • Roger Zelazny, author of fantasy and science fiction
  • Samuel Goldwyn, one of the founders of MGM
  • Stanley Kubrick, filmmaker
  • Aaron Spelling, film and TV producer
  • J Michael Straczynski, writer and producer of the Babylon 5 TV series
  • Gore Verbinski, director
  • Lana and Lilly Wachowski, directors, screenwriters and producers of the Matrix and many other films
  • Albert, Harry, Sam, and Jack Warner, founders and leaders of Warner Brothers
  • Billy Wilder, director and producer
  • Larry King, news show host
  • Gloria Steinem, journalist and political activist
  • Pat Benetar, musician
  • Peter Cetera, singer and musician for Chicago
  • Neil Diamond, singer, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Benny Goodman, jazz musician and bandleader, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Gene Krupa, big band drummer
  • Liberace, entertainer
  • Marilyn Manson, musician
  • Axl Rose, singer for Guns N'Roses
  • Steven Tyler, singer for Aerosmith
  • Liv Tyler, actress
  • Keith Urban, Grammy-winning country music singer
  • Jon Stewart, news show host, comedian
  • Max Factor Sr, founder of the cosmetics company
  • Leo Gerstenzang, inventor of Q-Tips
  • Alan Greenspan, economist, one-time Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Reuben & Rose Mattus, founders of Haagen-Dazs
  • Martha Stewart, business woman, author
  • Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple
  • Anne Wojcicki, co-foounder of 23andMe
  • Michael Bloomberg, businessman, former Mayor of New York City
  • Bernie Sanders, US Senator for Vermont, of Polish-Jewish descent
  • Joanna Hoffman, part of the original Macintosh developer team for Apple
  • Stephanie Kwolek, inventer of nylon and Kevlar
  • Tara Lipinski, Olympic gold medalist in figure skating

This is by no means a complete list. For more interesting Polish Americans, look at this list on Wikipedia.

Sources
Polish Americans
Anti-Polish sentiment
Polish Americans
Recipes for Polish-American Weddings
10 of the Best Polish Foods

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 5

For the week of March 19th to March 25th, here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
The ACA to stay. This week, despite every attempt to destroy the ACA, the Republicans realized they did not have enough support for their own bill, which would have raised rates alarmingly for 90% of the US.
Read more at the Washington Post.

Monday:
Denmark is now free of foreign debt for the first time in almost 200 years.
Read the article here at Business Insider.

Tuesday:
King County stands up to Trump Administration, releasing detainees despite ICE hold.
Read the article here at the Stranger.

Google donates $50 million to help educate those with disadvantages around the world.
Read their statement at their blog.

Wednesday:
Germany to annul hundreds of historical homosexual convictions.
Read the article at Reuters.

Friday:
Muslims raise money to help after Westminster Terror attack in London.
Read the article at the Independent.


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American Immigrant Highlights: Vietnamese

Vietnamese Americans make up about half of the overseas Vietnamese population in the world. They are the fourth largest Asian American group in the US today. They also have one of the largest naturalization rates in the country, with a 76 percent citizenship overall. The largest populations of Vietnamese in the US currently reside in California and Texas. Vietnamese is the seventh-most-spoken language in the US.

Early Vietnamese immigration to the US started in 1975 after the end of the Vietnam War. Before 1975, most Vietnamese in the US were wives or children of US Servicemen. There were a small amount that came to the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who did menial work. The figures grew slowly, and between 1950 and 1974, six hundred and fifty Vietnamese immigrants came to the US, people who included students, diplomats, and military trainees. After the war, much of the immigration to the US was through asylum camps in southeast Asia and the number in these camps led to the Refugee Act of 1980, which eased the restrictions on Vietnamese refugees in the US.

Vietnamese food has seen a great rise in the US in recent years. For those who have not experienced it, it's basically a combination of French and Chinese food, with an emphasis on seafood. If you live in a big city, you've probably seen a number of Pho places around town. Pho is a rice noodle soup with meat and vegetable that you add to the beef broth. But Pho is by no means the only food they have added to our food culture. Banh Mis are Vietnamese Sandwiches with meat and vegetables (often pickled), and chilies for spice. They are a very popular street or truck food here in the US. Other Vietnamese foods include: goi cuon (spring rolls), banh xeo (pancakes), rice dishes, noodle dishes, and many variations of soups, and even a few stews. For more information, look at this article on Wikipedia.

Notable Vietnamese Americans:
  • Dustin Nguyen – Actor known for 21 Jump Street
  • Jonathan Ke Quan – Former Child Actor known for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies
  • Mary Nguyen – Reporter, first Asian-American Miss Teenage America
  • Doan Hoang – Director and Producer
  • Tyga – Vietnamese/Jamaican rapper
  • Chloe Dao – Fashion Designer and winner of Project Runway
  • Hung Huynh – Chef, winner of Top Chef
  • Le Ly Hayslip – Author
  • Nguyen Do – Poet and Translator
  • John Tran – First Vietnamese American Mayor, Mayor of Rosemead, California
  • Jacqueline H Nguyen – First Vietnamese-American federal judge; first Asian-American woman to sit on the federal appellate court
  • Thuan Pham – CTO of Uber
  • Eugene H Trinh – Astronaut, first Vietnamese-American to go into space
  • Jim Parque – Pitcher for the bronze-winning Olympics baseball team in 1996
  • Catherine Mai Lan Fox – Gold-medal winning Olympic swimmer

This is by no means a complete list. For more interesting Vietnamese Americans, look at this list on Wikipedia.

Sources
Vietnamese Americans
List of Vietnamese Americans

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 4

For the week of March 12th to March 18th, here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
On Friday, the Mississippi Abortion Clinic Shutdown Law was blocked by the federal courts, which means that they can't stop places like Planned Parenthood from operating within State borders. While it is a victory, it is by no means the end of the fight, as the lawmakers who created the bills will probably work to find new ways to de-fund clinics and impose bills to make it harder for them to stay open.
Read the story here at Jackson Free Press.

Tuesday:
Remember a few weeks ago when a Muslim group helped raise funds for a Jewish Cemetery that had been vandalized? Well, this week, a Jewish Group started an online fundraiser to replace the damaged Qur'ans of a local Mosque. It seems these two groups aren't the ones we need to be worried about being violent to others.
You can see their fundraiser here, but I was unable to find any big mentions of the fundraising in the news.

In Washington DC, local government works to take climate change action, despite their new resident (who has spent less time there than elsewhere so far in his presidency).
You can read the news story here at Reuters.

Wednesday:
Kenya bans plastic bags, one of many African nations to ban the product.
See the news story at the Washington Post.

Though the protesters at Standing Rock have been forcibly removed from the site, the protest goes on. This week, they took it to Washington DC, where they set up at TeePee city in the shadow of the Washington Monument.
Here are some photos from the Native Nations Rise protest there.

Though Republicans all seem to disbelieve Climate Change, seventeen Republican congress members submitted a resolution stating that "human activities" have affected the global climate, and to request mitigation efforts in Climate Change.
Read the story here at Newsweek.

Thursday:
A Transgender birth records bill passes the Oregon State House. It would privatize the process, making it unnecessary to have courts involved. The bill now heads to their senate.
Read the story here.

A New Zealand river has been given rights as human being, meaning any damage done to the river can now be easily and legally prosecuted.
Read the story at the Guardian.

Friday:
The new owner of Vancouver Hotel says "Seniors can stay."
Read the story at the CBC.


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American Immigrant Highlights: Syria

Syrians have many different ethnicities, including Areans, Armenians, Assyrians, Jews, Kurds, Turkmens, and Circassians. We believe that the first immigrants from the area began to arrive in 1880. The earliest immigrants settled mostly in the east, notably in New York City, Boston, and Detroit. Like the Japanese, they were affected heavily by the Immigration Act of 1924, which restricted immigration from any country to a maximum of 2% of the number from that country already living in the US at that time. The Immigration Act of 1965 abolished those quotas, and many Syrian Immigrants came to this country after that. Almost 65,000 Syrians immigrated to the US between 1961 and 2000. Most Syrian immigrants were Christian before 1960, though a few were Jewish. After 1965 is when the Syrian Muslim community began to rise. According to the 2000 Census, there were 142,897 Americans of Syrian ancestry, which equals about 12% of the Arab population in the US.

Most of the early Syrian Americans were street sellers, trading mostly in clothing. Because of this, they travelled with new groups to new areas of the continent to trade their wares. Most were quite successful, and many became importers and wholesalers, who then sold their goods to those who were still selling on the streets. By 1908, there were 3000 Syrian owned businesses in the US. Soon they began to move into other fields, medicine, law, and engineering to name a few. They worked also in the growing auto industry, causing a large Syrian areas in Michigan. They eventually moved into banking and computer science as well.

Syrians popularized many middle-eastern foods here in the US, some samplings of which include Pita bread, hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, and many others. They are also well known for their cheese. And of course, they are one of many communities that are well known for their baklava.

Notable Syrian Americans:
  • Paula Abdul, Grammy winning singer and Emmy winning choreographer, judge on American Idol
  • F Murray Abraham, Oscar winning actor
  • Tige Andrews, Actor known for the Mod Squad
  • Paul Anka, Singer
  • Rosemary Barkett, first woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, and first woman Chief Justice of the same
  • Mitch Daniels, Governer of Indiana from 2005-2013, current president of Purdue University
  • Hala Gorani, news anchor and correspondent for CNN
  • Teri Hatcher, Actress
  • Robert M Isaac Mayor of Colorado Springs, CO from 1979 to 1997
  • Steve Jobs, co founder and former CEO of Apple
  • Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinkos
  • Brandon Saad, hockey player for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Calder Memorial Trophy finalist, and Stanley Cup Champion
  • Louay M Safi, Human Rights activist, chairman of the Syrian American Congress
  • Jerry Seinfeld, comedian, actor, and writer
  • Diana al-Hadid, sculptor
  • Sam Yagan, tech entrepreneur, co founder of SparkNotes, eDonkey, OkCupid and others
  • Wentworth Miller, actor known for Prison Break and other roles

This is by no means a complete list. For more interesting Syrian Americans, look at this list on Wikipedia.

Sources
Syrian Americans
Immigration act of 1924

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 3

This week, I found lots of great stories, but most of them seemed to come up Wednesday and Thursday. Still, lots of new good news stories out there this week. Also, though it seems I chose today's immigrant group on purpose to post today, I truly didn't. It just fit with the theme I was going for: immigrant groups in America who were badly looked down on by the rest of the population.

For the week of March 5th to 11th , here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
On Monday, it was announced that in the United Kingdom, their Carbon emissions have fallen below levels recorded back in 1894. This is excellent news, as England has often had some of the highest emissions issues in the world.
Read the story here at the Independent.

Tuesday:
A group in Seattle is working to build a tiny village for homeless.
See more details at Kiro 7 news.

Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to support Chicago schools arts programs.
Read the article at the New York Times.

Wednesday:
Wednesday was International Women's Day.
See some photos at USA Today.
There were strikes held around the world in honor of women's rights.
See more at CNN.
And Iceland announced that it would require all employers to offer equal pay, and to offer proof that they were doing so.
Read the article at Fortune.

The American Medical Association announced that it opposes Republican Health Care Plan.
Read more at the New York Times.

A Utah School installs washing machines and showers for students' use.
Read the story atFox 13 News.

Nike revealed a Pro Hijab for Muslim athletes.
Read the article at The New York Times.

Thursday:
Hawaii is suing over Trump's travel ban.
Read the story here at CNN.

Local community councils in the UK pushes officials to increase number of Syrian refugees in their country.
Read the article at the Guardian

Shell's CEO plans to increase investment in renewable energy for his company.
Read the article at Reuters.

Saturday:
Judges rule Texas gerrymandered maps on racial lines, ruling several districts invalid.
See the article at The Washington Post.


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American Immigrant Highlights: Ireland

Irish Americans have been part of the US since its inception, coming over with many of the early groups of Europeans who came to colonize the east coast of America. More than 10 percent of the American population consider themselves Irish, according to the US Census Bureau. Because the Irish were in such high numbers in Colonial America, they presented a large portion of the Continental army that fought the British during the Revolutionary War.

There is also a separate sub group of the Irish population who call themselves Scots-Irish. These are people whose ancestors were generally from the Ulster area of Ireland, which is basically the area now known as Northern Ireland. Many of these were among the earliest colonists in America, who took on the qualifier Scotch to differentiate themselves from the Irish who came in the 1840s to escape the Great Famine in Ireland. Those who came during that time were predominantly Catholic, while those already in the US were generally Protestant.

The American Irish population also played a large role in the Civil War. Many young men got off the boat from Ireland and were immediately enticed to volunteer in the Union Army. At least 38 Union regiments had "Irish" in their title. Many Irish Catholics refused to sign up, and when the conscription laws were passed, there were many draft riots that took place in New York. Between riots and the fact that many Irish were poor, Catholic, and had large families, led to a great deal of anger on other citizens' parts, and to hatred and prejudice against the Irish as a whole.

The Irish settled mostly in the cities and along the east coast, though more in the New England states than the South. New York City, Boston and Philadelphia have the largest concentrations even today. Though most Irish spoke English, most also still spoke their native language when they came to the US, and there is still a significant population who speak the language in the US today, with New York and Massachusetts having the most Irish speakers in the country. It ranks 66th out of 322 languages spoken today in the US.

I'm sure most people can name some basic Irish foods. They've become such a part of our culture that they are both easy to name, and hard to think of, because they're so obvious. Some of these obvious foods include Irish stew, soda bread, corn beef and cabbage, colcannon, and roast lamb. Of course, the Irish are even more known for their alcohol. Whiskey, porter or stout, lager, Irish coffee, Irish Cream, and many other drinks, all come from Irish brewers, and all easily found in the US today.

Notable Irish Americans:
  • Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States
  • Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States
  • Ulysses S Grant, 18th President of the United States, and Union General during the Civil War
  • Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
  • Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States
  • John F Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
  • Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States
  • Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
  • James Cagney, Actor
  • Bing Crosby, Actor & singer
  • Walt Disney, Animator, creator of the Disney Franchise
  • Judy Garland, Actress
  • Gene Kelly, Actor
  • Spencer Tracy, Actor
  • Maureen O'Hara, Actress
  • Ed Sullivan, Talk show host
  • Eugene O'Neill, Playwright
  • F Scott Fitzgerald, Author
  • Edgar Allan Poe, Author and Poet

This is by no means a complete list. For more interesting Irish Americans, look at this list on Wikipedia.

Sources
Irish Americans
Scotch-Irish Americans
8 Traditional Dishes that Signify the Irish Culture
Irish Cuisine

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Good News Volume 1, Issue 2

There were a lot of great stories this week, so this one took me a lot longer than last week's. Last week, I only managed to find six good news stories. This week, I've more than doubled that. There are a total of fourteen this week. Made for a much happier week, too.

For the week of February 26th to March 4th, here is the Good News:

**Best news of the week**
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court chose to send the case of Bethune-Hill v Virginia State Board of Elections back to a lower court for further discussion. Virginia is one of several states that has very strange Voting District borders for several of their voting districts, and the case challenged that 12 of them were constructed purely for the purpose of "gerrymandering", a term that means to manipulate the borders of an electoral constituency so as to favor one group over another. The Justices ruled that since race was the major factor of one district, it would have to be redrawn, but that the other 11 did not meet the burden of proof. This means that they will have to explain to a lower court why those need to be redrawn as well. Let's all wish them luck.
Read the article here at the New York Times.
Read the Justices' Opinion here.

Sunday:
The Oscars were this Sunday. Congratulations to the winners!
Motion Picture: Moonlight
Animated Feature: Zootopia
Actor: Casey Affleck
Actress: Emma Stone
Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for Fences
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
Director: Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea
Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight
Best Song: City of Stars from La La Land
Original Score: La La Land
Here's the full list of winners.

Monday:
The Iranian baby whose parents were attempting to bring to the US for surgery has managed to get to the doctors in Portland and is now doing well, despite the delay caused by Trump's immigration ban.
Read the full story here.

Grace Slick licenses Starship song to Chik-fil-A, then donates the proceeds to Lambda Legal, an GLBT legal fund.
Read her reasoning here at Forbes.
Or, if you don't want to un-adblock Forbes, read it here at the Rolling Stone.

A snow storm caused a tanker truck to overturn on Seattle's main freeway, I-5. Many people were stuck on the freeway for hours, including a Taco truck, who decided to open for business right in middle of traffic to feed the people that were stuck on the freeway.
Read the story here at the Seattle Times.

Tuesday:
Harvard Law Review Elects a Black Woman President.
See the story here at the New York Times.

In Memphis, Tennessee, hundreds of students walked out of high school to protest Trump's Immigration policies.
Read the article here.

Lego announced that due to the interest in Hidden Figures, they would release a series of Female Nasa Lego figures, including Katherine Johnson, the central figure of that movie.
Read about them at the Washington Post.

Wednesday:
It looks as though the male leads of the Big Bang Theory are going to take pay cuts so their female co-stars can get raises for the next two seasons.
See the article here at the Independent.

In Copenhagen, Denmark, the dishwasher at Noma, a world-famous restaurant, has been made partner of the restaurant. Ali Sonko, an immigrant from Gambia, has been working at the restaurant for more than a decade. Read the story here at Fortune.

Thursday:
Tom Hanks gives the White House Press an espresso machine.
Read the story atCNN.com.

New York made plans to open 90 new homeless shelters.
Read the story at Reuters.

Friday:
A patient with Sickle Cell Anemia has been cured by gene therapy. More research and testing will need to be done, but it's a big step forward. Now they know it can be done, they will be able to do it again. And perhaps someday, no one will even remember why it was an issue.
Read the story here at CNN.

Saturday:
Boy trapped in Mosul is reunited with mother after many years apart.
Read the full story at CBS News.


Feel free to link anyone you'd like to this. And if you have any Good News links in the coming week that you'd like to share, feel free to send them my way. I can definitely use more.


American Immigrant Highlights: Japanese

Japanese immigrants have been coming to this country since 1868, during the Meiji Restoration in Japan. Many migrated to Hawaii and the West Coast of the US. In 1907, Japan and the US entered into an agreement ending immigration of unskilled immigrants, and the Immigration act of 1924 banned immigration of nearly all Japanese to the US. It was not until 1965 that the ban against immigration from Japan was ended.

Most Japanese settled in Hawaii or along the West Coast, most especially San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Early immigrants ran farms or owned small businesses. By the War, Japanese Americans had a very strong community up and down the West Coast of the US.

Because of the immigration bans, the Japanese who came to the US, called the Issei, soon became quite separate from their American born-and-raised children, called the Nisei. Because of racism, and also because of the results of the War Time Camps, most Nisei ended up marrying other Nisei, leading to a third fully Japanese American generation, known as the Sansei. Because of the Naturalization act of 1790, US Citizenship was restricted to "Free white persons," so Issei were unable to participate in the civics of the culture that ultimately caged them during World War II.

During the War, approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals were forcibly interned in camps across the US because of Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D Roosevelt. There were ten camps across the US, mostly in the west: Manzanar and Tule Lake in California, Poston and Gila River in Arizona, Granada in Colorado, Heart Mountain in Wyoming, Minidoka in Idaho, Topaz in Utah, and Rohwer and Jerome in Arkansas. They were referred to as Relocation Centers, Internment Camps, or Detention Camps. There were other camps as well, Civilian Assembly Centers that were used as waypoints from the Internees' homes and the camps they would eventually be sent to. They were relocated starting in 1942, and the last camp was finally closed in 1946. Most attempted to return to their old homes along the west coast, but faced a great deal of hostility and prejudice, particularly in rural California. Most had lost their homes and property, and it took a great deal of time to settle in once more.

Japanese food entered our culture not when the Japanese first came to America, but only after the introduction of stories of Japanese culture in the US, such as the Mikado. Before that, Japanese foods stayed within the communities of Japanese Americans in Hawaii and along the West Coast. After, a selection of Japanese restaurants opened in New York, San Francisco, and LA. The food choices at this time were limited generally to tempura and teriyaki. It must be stated that like tempura, teriyaki is more a style of cooking than a specific food, though most American restaurants have reduced it to grilled chicken with sweet sauce. Most of these restaurants closed during wartime because of animosity towards the Japanese, and interest in Japanese cuisine didn't resurface for several decades. In 1957, the first sushi bar in America was opened in New York, and in the 70s, interest in Japanese restaurants rose once more. Sushi, sashimi, and teriyaki are the most popular Japanese dishes in the US today.

Notable Japanese Americans:
  • Senator Daniel K Inouye of Hawaii
  • Congresswoman Patsy Mink of Hawaii
  • George Ariyoshi, Governor of Hawaii
  • Charles J Pedersen, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Yoichiro Nambu, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Shuji Nakamura, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist in String field theory
  • Ellison Onizuka, Astronaut, mission specialist aboard the Challenger when it exploded
  • Minoru Yamasaki, architect of the original World Trade Center
  • Janice Mirikitani, Poet laureate of San Francisco
  • Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
  • Hiro Yamamoto of Soundgarden
  • James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins
  • Apolo Ohno, Olympic medalist in speed skating
  • Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic gold medalist in figure skating
  • Pat Morita, actor, and Academy Award Nominee
  • George Takei, actor and activist

This is by no means a complete list. For more interesting Japanese Americans, look at this list on Wikipedia.

Sources
Japanese Americans
Internment of Japanese Americans
A History of Japanese Food in America