I just read a very interesting article on how normal gang prevention efforts may not work on Asian kids. Apparently, it is hard for law enforcement to create gang prevention programs for Asians because the usual factors that are associated with gang behavior--broken homes, lack of economic opportunities and gaps in education, including high illiteracy and drop-out rates--don't … [Read more...] about Prevent Your Asian Child from Joining a Gang…Through Assimilation?
Winter is approaching fast, and being Vietnamese, we have all heard or practiced certain cold remedies that Western culture is often unfamiliar with. I’d like to share a Vietnamese remedy that seems to relieve cold symptoms and really helps to refresh you as well! It is the home made steam bath, or song as us Vietnamese like to call it. Here’s the low down on sweating it … [Read more...] about Homemade Steam Bath: Vietnamese Cure for the Common Cold
Below is an op-ed by Olivia Hoang in response to a bake sale by UC Berkeley students that gives discounts based on your race. The opinions expressed are that of Olivia's and does not necessarily reflect that of VTP. Recently, a Republican club at Cal held a bake sale opposing affirmative action, leading student senators to vote on de-funding clubs that exhibit discriminatory … [Read more...] about “Racist” Bake Sale Questions Fairness of Affirmative Action [Op-Ed]
David watched as his mentor, Hung, lay on the hospital bed like a shriveled plant long past its vital days. Wet footprints from the rain marked the floor beneath. Around them, patients lay along the walls of the hospital in open air--some in movable steel beds and others on bamboo mats rested flatly on the ground; it was an unfit place for a hero to spend his last dying … [Read more...] about Spotlight on Vietnamese American: David Loc Tran on a Journey Led by Pho
[The characters and incidences in this story are fictional, drawing from stories based on real occurrences in the Vietnamese community. However, the phenomena illustrated by the story are very real. More on that later.] It happened again. Lan’s breath shortened as that old familiar feeling of imagined prison walls closing in crept up on her. Here we go again, she thought. … [Read more...] about The Oppressor from Within