**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.
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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to "Gay Conversion" Therapy Ban.
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Federal Court rules that net neutrality regulations will stand.
Read the article at the Hill.
Scientists Use Tool to Remove HIV Gene from Mice.
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English Student creates a new synthetic retina.
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Apple announces 1 billion dollar fund to create manufacturing jobs in the US.
Read the story at the New York Times.
Diabetes type 1 cured in mice for a year without side effects.
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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.
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