Daily Dose: 03/26/13

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March 26, 2013

Georgia’s Asian Americans Face Voting Difficultie

imagesDuring the 2012 presidential election Asian American voters in Georgia faced several obstacles: they were asked to prove their citizenship, lacked access to translators or interpreters when reviewing ballots, and had their names misspelled on voter rosters.

Glenn Magpantay, an attorney and director of the non-profit’s Democracy Program, said the problems in the four Georgia cities: Suwanee, Norcross, Duluth, and Doraville, were relatively small, but significant all the same.

He said voters should not be asked to prove their citizenship on Election Day because they already did that during the registration process.

Magpantay also acknowledged that Georgia isn’t required to provide translators on Election Day, but said his organization has for years requested that service to make voting ‘accessible to all of Georgia’s voters.’

“The growth of the Asian American population is undeniable,” he said. “We’re going to work with legislators to fix some of those problems.”

For more information, visit http://www.ajc.com/news/news/asian-americans-say-the-faced-voting-problems/nWmtH/

Elderly Asians Struggle with Suicide

628x471With the goal of building a new and successful life, Jeannie Wong moved from Hong Kong to live in United States, but soon found that life in America was not what she’d thought it’d be..

Wong, is just one of the many elderly Asians who silently suffer from depression and consider suicide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asian American elderly women had a higher suicide rate than any other racial or ethnic group in same age bracket between 2004 and 2007.

Even decades after arriving in the United States, many Asian immigrants feel isolated, finding it difficult to adjust to challenges such as linguistic and cultural barriers, discrimination, limited economic opportunities and social isolation.

Until recently, Asian Americans’ mental health has not been closely studied because some subgroups find it shameful to air such issues.

“Traditionally, in Chinese culture, if you have a mental health problem, you tend to try to deal with it yourself or within your family,” saidJoyce Chu, an assistant clinical psychology professor at Palo AltoUniversity.

For more information, visit http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Asian-Americans-struggle-with-suicide-4214483.php

Contest Opportunity for Korean American Students

Korean American students in grades 7-12 are invited to give their opinion about the impact the March 1st movement had on Korean history and the spirit of the Korean people. What are the lessons from the Movement to students so that they can overcome prejudice, discrimination, and violence in our world today?

Cash prizes include $1000 for the first place essay, $500 for second place, and $250 for each of the third place prizes. Ten Winning essays will be featured in the major Korean magazines and newspapers and on spotlightkorea.org. Applications and information are available on spotlightkorea.org, and all entries must be submitted to info@spotlightkorea.org by March 31, 2013.

“Despite Korea has very long-aged history and has done greatly-developed technology advances, the country is largely absent from educational curricula throughout the United States.” says Susanna Park, founder of The Korean American Project and Spotlight Korea. “I want to share Korea with my adopted nation and reconnect Korean-Americans to their heritage,”


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