Supporting Student Media

Most schools have a journalism department.  They have professors who are renowned journalists, teaching lecture classes of eager students who are equally eager to get into the journalism field.  Internship programs are offered and they’re competitive. But even though UCLA is one of the largest and most well known universities in the world, with record…

Right here, right now

Get informed about Asian Pacific Islander issues affecting UCLA and other UC campuses! Courtesy of Malina Tran, here is an overview of what’s happening right now. Last quarter, Shirley Chau wrote about the Higher Opportunity Program for Education (HOPE) and the cool outreach services they provide for high school students.  Now the economic crisis is…

Higher risk perception amongst ethnic minorities

Last quarter Pacific Ties published “No English, No Help,” which reported that many immigrants are not adequately prepared to respond to natural disasters, mainly because they are not sufficiently fluent in English. Consequently, they suffer a worse fate in the aftermath of such disasters. In a similar vein, a recent study by UCLA researchers found…

Isn’t Cantonese “Chinese” too?

What is up with UCLA’s Chinese placement test?  Currently students may only take the placement test in the Mandarin dialect, the standard language of mainland China and Taiwan. Of course, Mandarin is a very useful dialect to know, since it is the most widely spoken language in the world today.  However, Cantonese is a major…

Swatting the WASPY.gov

We featured Don Nakanisi, director of the Asian American Studies Center last quarter in our feature story: Activism Through Education.  Nakanishi has a great interview in an AP story on Salon.com titled: Asian-American Political Profile Rising in the U.S. “Many people of Asian descent have stepped beyond their national identities to develop a pan-Asian perspective,…