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Choua Thao: Female Hmong Veteran Reflects on Secret War

By Kyle Moua Choua Thao wasn’t like other Hmong girls. At the age of six, she believes she was the first Hmong girl in Laos to attend school and learn English. Her father, a regional chief, had seen other Laotian girls attend school and decided that his five children, too, should become educated. But it was […]

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Undocumented Youth on Constant “High Alert”

This story was originally published by New America Media. Story by Viji Sundaram. SAN FRANCISCO — Fear followed Alberto Velazquez every time he left the apartment he shared with his mother and siblings in Pomona, Calif.If he saw a cop walking on the sidewalk, he said, his first instinct was to turn around and walk […]

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Health For All Bill Passes Senate Committee

This story was originally published by New America Media. By Viji Sundaram. SACRAMENTO – After hearing heart-rending testimonials from three young undocumented immigrants who have seen first hand the havoc caused by not having access to health care, the Senate Health Committee yesterday voted 7-0 to provide health care to all Californians, regardless of their […]

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Kuppajoe Was Safe Place for Artists to Grow

Editor’s Note: When Kuppajoe, a popular all-ages music venue that has operated in Central Fresno for 18 years, announced that it was closing, we knew there was a story to tell. Kuppajoe’s reach included casual fans who attended shows that they were interested in, dedicated volunteers who spent every Friday night helping out, and the […]

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Sherman Alexie Mixes Humor and Commentary in Talk on Banned Books at Fresno State

By Lauren Baker FRESNO– “If the people who try to ban books knew what it actually does for sales, they would never do it.” Sherman Alexie said. “I have sold millions of copies based on repression.” Alexie noted his book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is “in the top ten list of […]

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