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Berkeley, Education, Immigration, On Campus »

[5 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on International students get a lesson from Good Vibes | ]

By Huda Ahmed/510 Report
Jessica Fischer organized mysterious shapes made of plastic and metal, as well as spongy brightly-colored toys on the table and waited for her young audience at UC Berkeley’s International House to be seated. The dim yellow light bulbs gave the room a romantic glow. The whole room was soon packed with more than 45 international students from the University of California trying to figure out what these objects were and what the speaker would say.

Arts & Culture, Featured, Immigration, Oakland »

[17 Feb 2009 | Comments Off on East Bay refugees have a new safe haven but with different challenges | ]
East Bay refugees have a new safe haven but with different challenges

By Huda Ahmed/Oakland North
When I knocked on the door of an apartment building in East Oakland, a woman’s voice nervously asked who I was. The voice belonged to a 45-year-old woman who wishes to be identified only as S. Mohamad because she fears prosecution in her native Iraq; she is a former radiologist who came here as a refugee three months ago along with her husband and their three children. She hid behind the door because she was without a headscarf; Muslim women usually wear one to cover their hair …

Chinatown, Featured, Immigration, Oakland »

[20 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Chinatown author tells family stories under Exclusion Act | ]
Chinatown author tells family stories under Exclusion Act

William Wong is a renowned journalist and writer who was born and grew up in Oakland’s Chinatown. He is the author of Yellow Journalist: Dispatches from Asian America and Images of America: Oakland’s Chinatown and a co-author of Images of America: Angel Island.
510report’s Guo Shipeng interviewed him for a story on the 65th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which fell on Wednesday, December 17. Wong responded to Guo’s questions with long and interesting answers, in which he told about his parent’s hard journey for a better …

Chinatown, Featured, Immigration, Multimedia, Oakland »

[20 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Chinatown looks forward on anniversary of Exclusion Act repeal | ]
Chinatown looks forward on anniversary of Exclusion Act repeal

Special thanks to Chinese Historical Society of America for the exhibition photos. Click HERE to view the exhibition online.
By Guo Shipeng
It was a tranquil afternoon in the heart of the Oakland’s Chinatown on Wednesday, December 17.
Guan Shujuan was watching her four-year-old daughter playing around the “Junk Boat”, a replica of one used by early Chinese immigrants to sail across the Pacific and a popular play structure for kids on the Lincoln Square.
“What act? Anti-Chinese act?” the slightly built woman looked bewildered when asked if she had heard of the …

Eastlake, Featured, Immigration, Oakland »

[15 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Burmese Monk Finds Refuge in Oakland | ]

U Kovida is a 24-year-old monk living in Oakland as a refugee.  He is wanted by the Burmese military junta for leading protests in September 2007.

[audio:http://rosebud.journalism.berkeley.edu/~j200/510report/chen_monk.mp3]

Arts & Culture, Chinatown, Immigration, Multimedia »

[7 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Chinatown taps its youth for Cantonese Opera talents | ]

By Guo Shipeng
Cantonese Opera is probably the most common subtype of Chinese opera in the United States.  In the Bay Area, it is popular among first-generation Chinese immigrants, people at least in their 40s, if not older. But in recent years the Red Bean Cantonese Opera House in Oakland’s Chinatown has been trying to introduce the traditional art to the community’s American-born youth. 
Its youth troupe has trained dozens of “little Red Beans” so far, who have performed in its annual full productions in the summer. 
It is no small achievement and …

Arts & Culture, Centerville, Fremont, Immigration, Multimedia »

[5 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Multimedia: Afghan Treasures Come to the Bay Area | ]

By Karen Weise  —
In a room twinkling with thousand of small gold pieces, the message behind the Asian Art Museum’s exhibit “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul” was unmistakable.
“A nation stays alive when its culture stays alive,” the final wall of the exhibit read.
For Dr. Mohammad “Mo” Qayoumi, president of California State University East Bay and the first Afghan president of a major U.S. university, that statement could not be more true.
Qayoumi said aside from the beauty and importance of the artifacts themselves, the dramatic story of safekeeping …

Arts & Culture, Chinatown, Immigration, Multimedia »

[4 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Audio: Chinatown’s Red Beans back from Canton opera show | ]

By Guo Shipeng
More than 30 members of the Chinatown’s Red Bean Cantonese Opera House came home safely last week after attending the 5th International Cantonese Opera Festival in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, which is formerly known as Canton. 

Eastlake, Education, Immigration, Oakland »

[3 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]

By Adelaide Chen
Financial setbacks and anticipated cuts in public education have impacted at least one community program in Oakland.  A volunteer-run Vietnamese language school has raised tuition and decreased teacher stipends in order to pay $7000 to $8000 in janitorial fees for the first time.

Fremont, Immigration »

[3 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Running on Empty | ]

By Mateen Kaul  —
Fremont – These are tough times for Rahim Aurang. After working for many years with a staff of helpers to aid thousands of newcomers to the United States settle in the Bay Area, he now sits alone in his office in Fremont.
Lack of funding means Aurang, an Afghan-American, cannot afford to draw a salary for himself, let alone a staff. The services of his non-profit agency, the Bay Area Immigrant and Refugee Services, are also severely curtailed.