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She Knew Dress Was 'the One.' Twitter Says It Shouldn't Have Been

But Utah's Keziah Daum says she has just shown love for the culture

(Newser) - When Keziah Daum first saw in a vintage shop the red dress she ended up wearing to prom, she appreciated its elegance and "knew it was the one," she tells ABC News . Some research into the dress revealed it was a symbol of female empowerment and reinforced her... More »

Suit: Google, YouTube Had Quotas for 'Diversity Candidates'

Arne Wilberg says recruiters were discouraged from working to hire white, Asian men

(Newser) - A former YouTube employee is suing parent company Google, for which he worked for a total of nine years, alleging that he was fired for refusing to adhere to hiring practices that discriminated against white and Asian males. Per the Wall Street Journal , Arne Wilberg served as a Google recruiter... More »

In Tight Race, Ill. Senate Debate Takes an Ugly Turn

Mark Kirk questions Tammy Duckworth's US heritage

(Newser) - Illinois Republican Mark Kirk's chances of keeping his US Senate seat took a hit Thursday night when he made an ugly—and inaccurate—remark about his opponent's heritage during a televised debate. After Democratic US Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who was born in Bangkok to a Thai mother and... More »

Teen Kills Herself After Uploading 'Racist' Image

Phoebe Connop's Instagram photo spread further than she meant it to

(Newser) - A photo that started out as an Instagram joke meant to be shared among a few friends led a British teen to kill herself after more people saw it than she intended, the Telegraph reports. The problem with the pic taken by Phoebe Connop: She was afraid it would be... More »

Takei, Other Asian Academy Members Blast Oscars' Asian Jokes

Letter to Academy calls skits on awards show 'tasteless and offensive'

(Newser) - The child actors who were part of a joke about Asians on Oscars night seem unperturbed by the ensuing controversy, but more than two dozen members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who are of Asian descent feel otherwise. Per the Hollywood Reporter , 25 members—including director... More »

Oscars Kid Unfazed by Asian Joke, Mom Not So Much

'This was not OK and should never have happened'

(Newser) - Little Estie Kung has never seen Chris Rock's work (not even Madagascar) and doesn't quite understand the ins and outs of child labor. So when the 8-year-old child actor and chef (she's competed on FYI's Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown) became the center of a controversy... More »

US' Biggest Immigrant Group Won't Be Hispanics for Long

US population will jump to 441M by 2065: Pew

(Newser) - The face of America changed drastically in the last 50 years, and will look quite different in another half-century. Before the Immigration and Nationality Act passed in 1965, white Americans made up 84% of the population, followed by African Americans at 11%, Hispanics at 4%, and Asians at less than... More »

We Need More Asian Villains

'Jeopardy' champ Arthur Chu is tired of Asians being seen as 'model minority'

(Newser) - Growing up, controversial Jeopardy champ Arthur Chu had plenty of "Asian heroes" pushed on him by his parents. "I got the sense ... that their ideal kid would be someone with the quiet, charming naiveté of [The Goonies'] Data and the calm equanimity and unwavering discipline of a... More »

Barry Apologizes for 'Dirty' Asian Comments

Ex-DC Mayor said shops 'ought to go'

(Newser) - Marion Barry finally sort of apologized today after coming under a hail of criticism for comment disparaging Asian business owners. "We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go," the four-time mayor of Washington, DC, said... More »

Chinese Takeout Spot Cashes In on Racist Rant

Asian food operation makes fun of student's YouTube dig at Chinese

(Newser) - One woman's racist rant has become another operator's business opportunity. A food takeout biz is adopting the "ching-chong" dig at Chinese students posted on YouTube that ended up driving political science junior Alexandra Wallace out of UCLA . The new Asian-run food delivery biz is named Ching-Chong-Ling-Long Takeout... More »

UCLA Student Who Posted Asian Rant Leaving School

Alexandra Wallace apologizes, says she's gotten death threats

(Newser) - A UCLA student fears for her safety and has decided to leave school after posting the now infamous "Asians in the Library" video, the Los Angeles Times reports. ( Click to see the video, which quickly went viral.) Alexandra Wallace's inflammatory remarks about Asian students—at one point... More »

Dad: Palin Left Hawaii Because of Minorities

Too many Asians, Pacific Islanders, he says in new book

(Newser) - In a new book, Sarah Palin’s father says one reason she cut short her college career in Hawaii was because the heavy minority population made her uncomfortable—and not, as she writes in her book, because “perpetual sunshine isn’t necessarily conducive to serious academics.” Lefty sites... More »

LPGA Backs Off English-Only Policy

Tour bows to sponsors, civil rights groups on controversial rule

(Newser) - A firestorm of criticism has forced the LPGA to overturn its plans to penalize tour players who failed to pass an oral English evaluation after 2 years, GolfWeek reports. “After hearing the concerns, we believe there are other ways to achieve our shared objective of supporting and enhancing the... More »

US Latino Population to Triple by 2050

Immigration will drive America's growth to 438 million: study

(Newser) - America's Latino population will triple and whites will become a minority by mid-century, a new study says. The US population will also soar from 303 million to 438 million, mostly due to immigration. Whites, now two-thirds of Americans, are projected to sink to 47%, down from 85% in 1960. More »

Minorities Become Majority

Nonwhites dominate in 10% of counties, new census figures show

(Newser) - Nonwhites account for more than half the population in 10% of all US counties and in nearly one-third of the most populous ones, new census results show. Figures through mid-2006 demonstrate the suburban flight of blacks and Hispanics and fallout from Hurricane Katrina, the Times reports. And in three dozen... More »

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