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Ethnic News from Abu Ghraib to “Krip-Hop”

Amy DePaul

You might have read in a recent New Yorker article reporting that General Antonio Taguba faced retaliation for exposing Abu Ghraib prison abuses, but did you know that Taguba is “regarded as a hero in the Filipino community for the stance he took”?

Taguba’s Filipino pride, as well as his leadership in seeking benefits for Filipino veterans of the second world war who fought alongside American soldiers in the Pacific Theater, are among the topics explored in New America Media.

New America Media is a website of ethnic news that features original reporting as well as articles culled from some 700 media organizations, ranging from Iranian.com to the Korea Times to Hispanic Business to the Washington Informer (African-American) and many, many others.

New America Media is a prime example of how the Internet has enriched journalism, making information available from perspectives that, in the past, would not have been easily or widely accessible.

Other interesting and otherwise little-known items in New America Media include an article on Korean parents taking leadership roles in New York schools and an account of an Indian Muslim family’s struggle to resist deportation from the U.S.

Also, for lengthier writing on race and ethnic issues, see Colorlines, a magazine that offers a fresh look at cultural and political topics ranging from black Cherokees to queer life in Africa to “krip hop,” that is, disabled rappers, to one Latino soldier’s resistance to the Iraq War. (And by the way: how a child of Sandinista revolutionaries ended up enlisting in the U.S. military is worthy of its own story...)

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