News Roundup

Friday, December 07, 2007

Friendster Finally Makes Asian Presence Official

Friendster has finally made it to Japan and Korea. The U.S. social network is now available in English, traditional and simple Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Korean, and these happen to be the most important languages for a global social network to be available in, reports AHN. The Chinese version of Frienster has been expected for some time.
Sexism and Confucianism

A couple weeks ago, BFP posted The Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence Fact Sheet. These studies are linked to the U.S. Department of Justice so I assume they're reliable. I've read a number of similar studies over the past year. The lack of data makes it hard to estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence in the APIA community but we can extrapolate from the studies that exist.
World’s biggest Asian elephant missing

Raja Gaj, or king elephant, was estimated to be 11 feet 3 inches tall at the shoulder, some two feet taller than the average Asian elephant. The bull was one of the main tourist attractions at Bardia National Park in southwest Nepal.
Growing Childhood Obesity Cited in South Asians

At a recent ethnic media roundtable, hosted by First 5 California, a California state commission on children’s health, Sophia Yen, a pediatrician from Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, discussed the serious and growing issue of childhood obesity among South Asian Americans and other Asian ethnic groups in the U.S.
Student groups unite for multicultural graduation

Several student centers across campus will take part in the Multicultural Student Services Fall Graduation tonight. “It’s pretty much a recognition of fall graduates,” said Luis Sanchez, communication and events coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Student Services. The African American Student Center; Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Center; Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center; Native American Student Center and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Program will all be included in the ceremony.