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Getting Out from Being Discriminated Against, They’re All Shining Brightly Now

From the Front Page Sections, translated…

“Everything I’d worked so very hard for, it’s for my kids, to grow up in a safe and kind environment toward the newly migrated.”  The Vietnamese teacher, Phoenix Chen had been living in Taiwan for thirteen years now, and she was the figure who helped push forth the merging of the cultures in Southeast Asia, and the dignities of the migrated women.  This, was a long and hard battle, to help both sides gain understanding of each other, it’s a love that’s from the mother to the child, the deepest kind of love.

When Being Discriminated Against, it Does NOT Feel Good at All

The Decisions to Step Outside the Family and Give Back to the Society

Phoenix Chen and her husband, Chih-Rong Chien met in Vietnam, after they married, they lived in Vietnam, originally, they were a more-than-ordinary family, but, all that changed after they moved back to Taiwan in 2001.

As she’d stepped into Taiwan, she’d felt the unfriendly gazes from all around, a ton of her newly migrated “sisters” would ask her, “How much do you mail back home a month?”  “How much did your husband spend, on buying you?”, and, there were a TON of ads on the streets that objectified women and marriage that made her really uncomfortable.  Later, she saw a news story, about a young Vietnamese mother who had communication troubles that took her young child, leapt off of a building and committed suicide, it shocked her.

Deciding to Step Outside, Started Volunteering at a Foundation

Phoenix Chen decided to step outside of the family, and started volunteering at Eden Social Welfare, and she’d made a TON of calls, showing cares and concerns for her new “sisters”, but, her calls would often get blocked by the ladies’ in-laws on the other end of the line.  Then, she’d transferred to the women and children’s hospital, and started the face-to-face interactions with her newly immigrated sisters, here, she’d come to discover, that the language and cultural barriers are the keys to causing conflicts in the homes, and slowly, that led her onto the road to instructing Vietnamese.

Phoenix Huang started a class, teaching Chinese to newly migrated spouses, and opened up a Vietnamese class for people in Taiwan too.  At first, this class was directed toward those who married the Vietnamese women, and the in-laws, she’d gotten a horrendous reply from all around, those who are retired, and in business, all fought, to sign up for her course, and she’d started teaching Vietnamese at local government office and industries too.

On the Television Vietnamese Teaching Sessions, She’d Always Appeared as a Guest

There were letters, written to her by the public, and those in jail, sighing on how they wanted to take up Vietnamese, but didn’t have the resources to.  She’d fought hard, for funding, and started hosting the Vietnamese Education Program on television, started with the basics of communications, President Am, the former director of the Internal Affairs, Hong-Yuan Lee, the former director of the Immigrations Offices, Li-Gong Hsieh, were also guests who appeared on her program.

For the Sake of the Children, Hoping to Add to Their Understanding and Acceptance

Recalling the hardships she’d weathered through, Phoenix Chen and Chih-Rong Chien said, that they’d never had too much hopes, and that it was simply “for the sake of our children”, they hope that they could help the children to learn to respect the multiple cultures, and grow up in an environment, where every single culture is accepted, to NOT allow their interracial union become a marker for the children’s heart, they wouldn’t want the discriminations they’d weathered through, to happen to their own offspring either.

For over a decade, Chien had supported his wife is speaking up and out for the women from Vietnam, he’d chauffeured her to and from the airports, help her with scheduling, help out with the odds and ends, “I’d encouraged her to do it, I didn’t expect it to be so well set up.”, in that plain and simple statement, there was a TON of pride and assertions hidden.

And so, it is, with her husband’s support, that this woman had been able to set forth, to help others who are similar to her, and, she’d focused on her children’s education, realized how important it is, for the kids to become culturally aware, as we ARE marching into a world without boundaries here.

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Behind Cartoon Masks, Immigrants’ Faces, from the New York Times

From The New York Times, by: K. Semple…

Ricardo Rodriguez did not arrive lightly at his decision to become a cartoon character.

Before stepping into the Times Square bustle of Elmos, Minnie Mouses and Batmen who pose for photographs and coax customers for tips, Mr. Rodriguez spent a week studying the competition.  He analyzed tourist behavior.  He calculated potential earnings.  And in the absence of anyone masquerading as a certain Nickelondeon star, he spotted an opportunity.  Thus was born SpongeBob SquarePants Rodriguez.

On his first day in Midtown Manhattan he made $80 in five hours, a better rate than the series of temporary jobs he had held since emigrating to the United States from Ecuador in March.

“I never imagined I’d be doing this,” said Mr. Rodriguez, 35.   “But if you think about life as a rich experience, the money will come.” In recent years, these costumed characters have become ubiquitous.  To some critics, they are little more than colorfully attired panhandlers and a chronic nuisance at the Crossroads of the World.

But interviews with the men and women behind the masks reveal a loosely knit population of freelancers that has turned one New Jersey city into an enclave of Mickey Mouses and supported a brisk trade in Peruvian-made costumes.  But it also is a world unsettled by low-level tension, pitting fluffy cartoon characters against sleek superheroes.

Most of the performers are immigrants and many of them undocumented, living day to day, struggling to negotiate a fraught relationship with the police while supporting families in the United States and in their home countries.

The performers have come under even greater pressure since a confrontation between a Spider-Man and a police officer.  The man was arrested after fighting with the officer, who had responded to the man’s aggressive solicitations.

The episode was the latest in a series of unpleasant encounters.  Two other Spider-Men were arrested in separate episodes in June, one charged with groping a woman and the other charged with assaulting a woman (he was found not guilty but was fined for harassment).

The performers say they make a lot of people happy, and that they should not be judged based on the actions of an errant few.

“We aren’t all the same,” said Manuel Fernádez, 24, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic.  On a recent evening he was impersonating the Statue of Liberty, holding a plastic torch and wearing blue-green robes.

Veteran performers say the first cartoon characters began to appear in Midtown Manhattan by the early 2000s.  One seasoned performer, Berta Guerra, 50, a Mexican immigrant, made her debut as Elmo a decade ago in addition to working two factory jobs.

The population exploded in 2011 after the creation of the pedestrian malls.

Many of the performers live in working-class neighborhoods in new Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York.

“Next door there are five Elmos,” said Miguel Lezama, a 27-year-old Mexican who lives in Passaic, New Jersey.  He pointed in another direction: “On that side, a Cookie Monster and a Minnie.  In front, a Winnie-the-Pooh and a Minnie.  Up on Main Avenue, there are lost more.”

He paused.  “I live with a Cookie Monster.” After arriving in the United States in 2007, Mr. Lexama found work in landscaping and construction.  But he followed a friend into the street performer business.  He invested in an Elmo costume, buying a used one for $150 from a Peruvian acquaintance, who had imported it from Peru, where some of the best knockoff costumes are from.  (New Peruvian-made outfits can cost as much as $400 in the U.S.)

City laws govern where the performers can work and what they’re allowed to do—there is a fuzzy line between collecting donations and aggressively panhandling, which is illegal.  Few performers seem to fully know the rules, in part because of language barrier: many do not speak English.

A quiet, low-level animosity simmers among the groups.  The cartoon characters blame the superheroes for ruining the community’s image.  The undocumented immigrants say the American citizens, not worried about deportation, arrogantly flout the law.  And the veterans blame the newcomers, saying they are just clawing for money with no respect for the trade.

“We are street artists,” declared Mr. Fernández.  “But the majority doesn’t have a sense of art.  They simply put on their costumes and make money.” He suggested that the work can approach the sublime.  “Treat the tourists well and they’ll feel like they’ve been treated well by the actual Statue of Liberty,” he said.  “It’s a precious, beautiful memory of the United States.”

So, we have more than two views here: those who are in it to make the bucks, those who took street performing seriously, and those who just wanted those IMMIGRANTS deported, but hey, had you ever considered, that the reason why your countries are so built up is because of those OUTSIDE immigrants?  Hello, and, weren’t those Chinese migrant workers who were the ones who LAID out those tracks to the railroads that span across the U.S.A. from centuries ago?  So, DO have MORE tolerance, because we’re ALL working hard, to make our separate ends meet, and, don’t be a stingy tipper, if the next time you see a street performer, under the scorching sun, wearing a THICK costume, after all, even though, they ARE at the bottom of the “food chain”, without them, how will you get on top?  Exactly!!!

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The Assemblies in Missouri Won’t Dissipate, Seven Members of the Rioters Were Arrested

On the recent shooting of an African American teen by cops in the U.S.A., from the Front Page Sections, translated…

When the curfew for the city of Ferguson, Missouri took place on the early morning of the 17th, there were two hundred rioters who ignored it, and kept gathering in the place where the eighteen-year-old youth, Brown, was shot and murdered brutally by the police.  The police shot the gas bombs into the crowd and threw tear gas toward the crowd too, managed to arrest seven individuals.  At the same district, there was also a murder by guns too.

The governor, Nixon, on the 16th, declared that Ferguson is in a state of emergency on the 16th, and from midnight of the 17th, started enforcing a curfew, which was ended at five in the morn.  Over a hundred of the public who’d gathered, left in peace before the curfew started, and, Ferguson was peaceful, save for the place where the teenager was shot, where the protestors ignored the curfews and still gathered, screaming, “NO CURFEWS!”

Not long thereafter, heavily armed police started shooting gas and tear bombs into the crowd, and slowly moved forward, to stop the crowd from gathering up.

When the police was at a standoff with the protestors, someone was shot in the same area, the police had yet to identify the injured victim, Johnson stressed, that the man injured was NOT shot by the police, and the man who’d shot him is still at large.

The governor, Nixon said, that the curfews had helped maintain order in Ferguson, and, the curfews will be lifted, as the local government sees fitting.

After Brown was shot by a white police officer, Wilson, on the ninth, the racial tension is on the rise locally, and, the residents had multiple times started riots, and there were those who took advantage of the situation.  Johnson pointed out, that there were forty FBI agents who made house calls since the sixteenth, to find the witnesses to the shooting, and a few weeks from now, hopefully, everything will be cleared up.

Once again, the locals saw this as a racial thing, and, maybe it IS a racial thing, after all, NOBODY would EVER mistake a WHITE dude, holding something that’s NOT threatening, and SHOOT him, and this young man was shot, because of his skin color, so, no wonder the local residents are PISSED off about it.

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Americans’ Views Toward Muslims Have Gotten Worse…

From NBCNEWS.com

How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

Only 27 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Muslims, down from 35 percent in 2010, according to the Zogby poll, commissioned by the non-profit Arab American Institute. Favorable attitudes towards Arabs dropped to 32 percent from 43 percent in 2010.

The poll also found that 42 percent of respondents believe an American Muslim’s religion would influence his or her decision making in an important government job. The same percentage believe it is justified for law enforcement to profile Arab Americans or American Muslims.

The poll also found sharp partisan, racial and generational divides.

For example, 59 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of people 65 or older agree with profiling Arab Americans or Arab Muslims, compared with 32 percent of Democrats and the 18-29 age group. Only 29 percent of non-whites favor profiling, compared with 47 percent of whites.

The poll surveyed 1,110 likely voters in late June, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

-Reuters

And, even though, this article did NOT discuss, in-depth about WHAT the cause of this animosity that Americans feel toward Muslims are, but, I believe, it’s still because of the grudge, because how we all carry the memories of how people ARE hurt on other occasions, and, the only W-A-Y to resolve this discrimination problem would be, oh yeah, a no opinion either way, but you’d already formed YOURS, and so, you will NOT be able to change, even IF there are “minorities” of the subculture that are different, you’d still BE convinced that those “minorities” are rare encounters, and that, is how hard it is, to BREAK that stereotype you have toward something…

 

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When Your Sexual Orientation is Considered “Immoral”

It’s the same as saying that it’s WRONG to be black, yellow-skinned, or red-skinned, are you FUCKING kidding me here?

When your sexual orientations are considered “immoral”, who CAN you blame?  Oh, I know, BLAME your own amniotic fluids, because there must be something that happened in there (yo mamas’ wombs???) while they were pregnant with you, so you turned out this way.

When your sexual orientations are considered “immoral”, why do you think that is?  Oh yeah, because the NARROW-MINDEDNESS of religion, we’re taught to fear, even HATE those who are NOT like us, after all, that, is what is said, by G-O-D, right?  When your sexual orientations are considered “immoral”, how can you possibly become “moral” again?  Oh yeah, you won’t BE able to, because your sexual orientations are already “set” for life, and, NO amount of medications, therapies, or those behavioral techniques is ever going to successfully change the “essence” of who you R-E-A-L-L-Y are, so, all in all, you’re totally S-C-R-E-W-E-D!!!

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