Asians’ achievement in school differs by ethnic group

first_imgFor instance, 68 percent of Chinese college students reported that they could afford college without working, compared with only 36 percent of Vietnamese. Almost half of all Vietnamese college students said they helped their families with tutoring, translating, transportation and household chores. While 42 percent of Korean families saved $20,000 or more for college, only 8 percent of Southeast Asian families had. “The report confirms the need to avoid making national generalizations about Asian-American achievements in education and conflating all Asian-American subgroups as if all Asian-Americans are homogeneous,” said L. Ling-chi Wang, chairman of the Ethnic Studies Department and the University of California at Berkeley. “We need to look at each subgroup separately.” Deborah Reed of the San Francisco-based Public Policy Institute of California concurred. “Asians and Pacific Islanders tend to have relatively high levels of education and income and relatively low poverty rates,” she said. “(But), when we look at Southeast Asians from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – the refugee-sending countries – we find lower family income, lower education and higher poverty than for other Asian groups in California.” To be sure, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders are, on average, better educated than the average American. Almost half have a four-year college degree, compared with one-third of whites, 17 percent of African-Americans and 12 percent of Latinos. And the academic strength of even the most disadvantaged groups grows over time, Reed said. “When we look at the second generation, we see increasing progress.” The study, conducted from July 2006 through July 2007, used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and two large national education databases. Researchers also visited eight colleges with high numbers of Asian students. Many of the differences were attributed to the number of years that an ethnic group had been in the United States – or whether immigrants had arrived to escape war and persecution or seek high-tech jobs. The report, released July 27 before the education committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, found wide differences in: An estimated 68 percent of Asian Indian and 64 percent of Chinese adults had at least a college degree, compared with 25 percent of Vietnamese, 17 percent of Pacific Islanders and 13 percent of other Indochinese – Cambodians, Laotians and Hmong. More than 90 percent of Filipino, Indians and Japanese identified themselves as fluent in English. That compares with 70 percent of Koreans, 62 percent of Vietnamese and 60 percent of the other Indochinese groups. About 80 percent of Vietnamese undergraduates reported that their parents paid none of their tuition. High numbers of Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders groups lived at home or attended schools within driving distance of home. In contrast, many Chinese, Indian and Korean undergraduates worked to gain job experience or earn spending money. lkrieger@mercurynews.com (650) 688-7565 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Asian-American students are often viewed as brainy, affluent and over-achieving. But a new government report concludes that several Asian groups are not well-prepared – either academically or financially – to succeed in college. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian students typically do well in school, fulfilling the “model minority” stereotype, according to the report by the Government Accountability Office, the research and investigative arm of Congress. Many of their families have saved money for college and do not depend on their children’s help at home. But others – Pacific Islanders and Southeast Asians of Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Thai and Burmese descent – do not enroll in the rigorous math and reading classes needed to climb the ladder of collegiate success, the report found. Moreover, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander youths who make it to college are more likely to need outside financial support, often living at home and working to help their families, according to the report. last_img read more

#Nextchat: HR New Year’s Resolutions

first_imgIt’s a new year and another chance to make personal and professional resolutions that will affect positive change in your life and in the lives of those around you.HR professionals can incorporate personal and workplace resolutions into their daily or weekly schedules. A resolution such as taking the time to walk around the organization each week to get to know employees better can have ripple effects toward improving employee relations, employee engagement and the corporate culture. Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to get a Fitbit and to use it not only to improve your own health, but also to create a workplace wellness program for your organization.Resolutions don’t have to be complicated. Perhaps you just want to read more, listen more or smile more. Simple goals can have enormous return on investment.And what about the HR profession? How should it change and grow in 2016? What should HR stop doing—and start doing—in 2016?Resolutions are never easy to keep, but with careful consideration of how they affect larger personal and professional goals, and how they might help others, the chances for success become greater.Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on January 6 for a #Nextchat on HR New Year’s Resolutions. We’ll chat about smart resolution-setting for the year ahead.Q1. What does HR need to stop doing in 2016? Q2. What does HR need to start doing in 2016?Q3. What are your HR New Year’s resolutions for employee engagement in your organization?Q4. What are your HR New Year’s resolutions for talent management in 2016?Q5. What are your HR New Year’s resolutions for networking with, learning from and sharing with other HR pros?Q6. What are your HR New Year’s resolutions for professional development for you or for your employees?Q7. How will you use technology to advance your personal, professional or organizational goals in 2016?Q8. What is one simple resolution that HR pros can make in 2016 to bring more happiness and engagement into the workplace?Q9. What is your advice to others regarding creating and keeping a New Year’s resolution? What’s a Twitter chat?last_img read more

Imported wolves settle in as Lake Superior island teems with moose

first_img Thirteen new radio-collared wolves are now scouting Isle Royale in Michigan and feasting on moose, whose numbers this winter reached 2060—the second highest estimate since ecologists began to study predators and prey on the island in 1958. The new wolves, imported to help restore the U.S. national park from overbrowsing by moose, are largely avoiding the territory of the remaining two wolves of the original population.Twenty female moose are also sporting radio collars, allowing biologists to watch both wolf and moose movements online. After 8 years essentially unfettered by predation because wolf numbers were so low, the moose population has been booming at 19% a year, according to data released today by Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Houghton.The new wolves are expected to check moose numbers and help restore balsam fir and other plants, according to National Park Service (NPS) planners. And the flood of GPS data is revealing “stuff we’ve never seen before,” says MTU wildlife ecologist Rolf Peterson, such as where moose congregate to feed on new spring growth. 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These new data “will totally redirect our attention,” Peterson says.Moose in the Great Lakes region are at the southernmost edge of their range, and they are declining as the climate changes—except on Isle Royale, notes Adrian Wydeven, a wildlife biologist retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Cable. The new data may help scientists understand what’s behind that difference, he says. He sees the project “as more of a moose conservation effort rather than wolf conservation.”The NPS wolf relocation had a rough start, including a partial U.S. government shutdown in January, bad weather, and depleted funding. Two wolves died, one before transport, one after several weeks on the island; one imported female traveled back home when an ice bridge to the mainland formed in January.Eight wolves hail from Michipicoten Island Provincial Park in Canada across Lake Superior. (The others are from Minnesota and mainland Ontario in Canada.) Wolves on the smaller Ontario island had eliminated their chief prey, caribou, and had been subsisting mainly on beaver. These wolves appeared underfed, but they were relocated as a pack, boosting their chances of thriving on Isle Royale, Peterson says.Meanwhile, the island-born, highly inbred pair of the original population “is not giving up on each other,” says Peterson, who observed them from a spotter plane in February. As in previous mating seasons, the now 8-year-old female rebuffed the interest of the 10-year-old male, her father and half-sibling. They kept busy scent marking their territory in response to the relocated wolves as well as to tracks of other mainland wolves that apparently found their way across the ice bridge and back.The pair’s pedigree demonstrates the challenge of maintaining genetic diversity on Guam-size Isle Royale. “Inbreeding is basically inevitable due to the island’s small size,” says University of California, San Francisco, geneticist Jacqueline Robinson, who analyzed the genomes of 11 Isle Royale wolves from blood samples collected since 1988. To further diversify the population, NPS plans to import more wolves from Michigan this fall.last_img read more

Women: Inspiration & Enterprise Symposium

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 13, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)White Ribbon Alliance presents the 1st Annual Women Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) symposium which will be held next Monday, September 20th 2010 in New York City, NY. The symposium coincides with the Clinton Global Initiative and the UN General Assembly.  This full-day symposium will be hosted by Sarah Brown, Arianna Huffington, and Donna Karan. Speakers include Queen Rania, Ashley Judd, and Melinda Gates. The event will include high profile guests drawn from the worlds of politics, philanthropy, media, fashion and the arts.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, as well as partner non-profits The symposium will be a new annual event which hopes to build a powerful network of women working together to achieve social change and inspire the next generation of women leaders and advocates.The symposium will be held at the Skylight West located at 500 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018.  For further information on the event and ticket sales please click here.Share this:last_img read more

Merry Christmas From Touch Football Australia

first_imgOn behalf of the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board of Management and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution to our sport over the 2012 year. As an organisation, we are extremely proud of everything that has been achieved and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in 2013. In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff for their ongoing enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to the goals we have set for Touch Football. The TFA office will be closed from Friday, 21 December 2012 until Wednesday, 2 January 2013. Please be aware only limited staff will return at this time and this may result in a delay to your enquiries. We wish all of those involved in our game a safe and enjoyable Christmas period and a well-deserved break. See you for what promises to be an amazing 2013.Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Colm MaguireChief Executive Officer – Touch Football AustraliaRelated LinksMerry Xmas From TFAlast_img read more

Aphria chief executive and cofounder stepping aside from executive roles

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:APHA)The Canadian Press LEAMINGTON, Ont. — Marijuana producer Aphria Inc. says chief executive Vic Neufeld and co-founder Cole Cacciavillani will be leaving their executive roles at the company, but will remain on the board.Neufeld says he and Cacciavillani will begin the transition process immediately, and at the appropriate time, they will both step down from executive positions at Aphria.The change comes as Aphria faces allegations by short-sellers questioning the company’s acquisitions in Colombia, Argentina and Jamaica. Aphria has denied the allegations, but established a special committee of independent directors to review the deals.Aphria also received a hostile takeover offer late last year from Ohio-based Xanthic Biopharma Inc., which does business as Green Growth Brands, that it rejected as being too low.The company reported today that revenue totalled $21.7 million in what was its second quarter as Canada’s legal recreational market began. The total was up from $8.5 million a year ago.Aphria earned a profit of $54.8 million or 22 cents per share for its quarter ended Nov. 30 compared with a profit of $6.5 million or five cents per share for the same period last year.last_img read more

Province launches two reviews into BC Hydro over costs future of energy

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government has launched a two-phase review of BC Hydro in an effort to find cost savings and direction for the Crown utility.The first part of the review is expected to examine ways to save money within Hydro, create new revenue streams in an effort to keep rates low and give the corporation the resources it needs to provide electricity.An advisory group that includes staff from government ministries and BC Hydro will conduct the first review. The government says in a news release that it expects recommendations from the first phase of the review to be complete by this fall.It says the second phase of the review will build on new strategies from the first phase and include ways to ensure Hydro can maximize opportunities around the shift in global energy sectors.The expert panel conducting the second phase would aim to deliver its recommendation to the government by the summer or fall of next year.last_img read more

It was hard Portman on Star Wars prequel backlash

first_imgLondon: Actor Natalie Portman says it was “hard” for her to come to terms with the negative reaction received by the prequel trilogy of Star Wars series. Portman, 37, had portrayed Padme Amidala, who is later revealed to be the mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, in George Lucas’ prequel films – Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). The trilogy was largely panned by the critics and also failed to live up to the expectations of the franchise fans. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed,” Portman told Empire magazine. “Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast. When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint,” she added. Portman, however, also believes that fans have over the time come to love the prequels. “With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now. There’s a very avid group of people who think they’re the best ones now. I don’t have enough perspective to weigh in,” she said. Portman currently stars in Brady Corbet’s pop star drama Vox Lux.last_img read more

Brandon Jennings Traded to Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that would land them Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, a restricted free agent. The new contract is for three years and worth a little over $25 million.In return for the guard, the Bucks will receive guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov, according to sources.Jennings was originally going to return to the Bucks for a one-year qualifying deal. The offer would have made him an unrestricted free agent, but the Pistons showed major interest in having the trade completed.Detroit has picked up a lot of talented players this offseason. The team acquired former Atlanta Hawks player Josh Smith, former Piston Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome.The Bucks on the other hand, signed their first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo and free-agent guard Gary Neal on Tuesday. read more

Ohio State wrestling takes aim at National Dual quarterfinals against No 11

Freshman Kyle Snyder competes against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers, 22-13.Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerAfter winning nine straight dual meets, the Ohio State wrestling team is set to take on No. 11 Lehigh in the quarterfinals of the National Duals.The Buckeyes are favored in the majority of the matches, set to be held in Iowa City, Iowa, but coach Tom Ryan said he isn’t going to discount any opponent, especially as the postseason approaches.“We definitely aren’t overlooking Lehigh. Those guys are Pennsylvania boys, they have been through a lot of battles. Wrestling in that state, you have to be ready each and every week,” Ryan said. “If we are off in any matches, they can make this tough for us.”As to how confident Ryan feels, it’s about 50-50, he said.“I feel good about five or six matches, but anything can happen,” Ryan said.One of those matches will include OSU freshman Kyle Snyder, who ranks third nationally, going up against sophomore Elliot Riddick, ranked No. 10.“Riddick is not a pushover, he’s really good. He jumped up two weight classes from 174 to 197 and he looks like a natural 197 pounder,” Ryan said. “The good thing is our guy (Snyder) is always ready for every opponent.”Snyder is aware of his opponent’s skillset and says it’s a good matchup for him.“I’ve seen that he’s fast and has some good leg attacks, but I should be ready for all of that,” Snyder said. “The guys in our practice room have given me the same look and have me prepared.”Beyond Snyder’s top-10 matchup, the Buckeyes and the Mountain Hawks will send a total of five weight classes in which both wrestlers are ranked in the top 20.The winner of the quarterfinal will advance to face the winner of No. 2 Missouri and No. 12 Illinois in the seminfinals. The Buckeyes lost to the Tigers on Dec. 14 in Columbus, 20-19. The match was decided by the fourth tiebreaker in which Missouri achieved the first takedown in the opening match of the dual. OSU has yet to face Illinois this year.The match between OSU and Lehigh is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday with the semifinals beginning at 4 p.m. the same day.The semifinal winners are set to compete for the championship at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. read more