#vietnam #chinese #protest According to Le Hieu Truong Hai, District 1’s Vice Chairman, a 67-year-old woman from Binh Thanh District set her self on fire in front of Reunification Palace at 6am this morning to protest the Chinese oil rig that has encroached on Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the East Sea.
Thanh Nien reports that Hai, speaking at a press conference at the headquarters of the People’s Committee of Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, said that a preliminary investigation found that the woman, identified as Le Thi Tuyet Mai, covered herself in gasoline and lit herself on fire.
Though still alive by the time the fire was extinguished, she was dead within minutes.
The victim’s son said that Hai did not suffer from any mental illnesses but had voiced her frustrations with China’s East Sea actions over the past weeks.
Police said they found a bag full of anti-China banners, which included the messages:
“Stay together to destroy China’s invading conspiracy”
“Full support to Vietnamese coast guards and fishermen”
wth. chinese cinderella story. sundance flick too w/ massage parlor?? lol n this modern-day adaptation of Cinderella, award-winning filmmaker David Kaplan transposes the fairytales archetypical characters to a vibrant urban setting: a massage parlor in New Yorks Chinatown specializing in happy endings.
sounds like what arizona is doing w/ mexicans, wants to give no IDs “In 1933, with even this looking to many people like a relatively desirable business, the city’s Board of Aldermen passed a law clearly intended to drive the Chinese out of the laundry business. Among other things, it limited ownership of laundries to U.S. citizens.”
INSPIRATIONAL STORY OF THE DAY. TEAR: Adopted Chinese Girl born without hands wins penmanship award
A US girl born without hands has won a penmanship award - and US$1000 (NZ$1228) - from a company that publishes language arts and reading textbooks.
Zaner-Bloser recognised seven-year-old Annie Clark at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin yesterday (NZ time) with its first-ever Nicholas Maxim Award.
Nicholas was a Maine fifth-grader born without hands or lower arms who entered the company’s penmanship contest last year. His work impressed judges enough that they created a new category for students with disabilities.
After yesterday’s ceremony, Clark demonstrated her ability to write by manipulating a pencil between her forearms. Asked whether she was nervous about the attention, the girl said, “Not really, but kind of.”
The girl’s parents, Tom and Mary Ellen Clark, have nine children - three biological and six adopted from China, including Annie. Annie is one of four of the adoptees who have disabilities that affect their hands or arms. The Clarks also have an adopted child, Alyssa, 18, and a biological daughter, Abbey, 21, with Down syndrome.
“Each time, we weren’t looking to adopt a special-needs child, but that is what happened,” said Mary Ellen Clark, 48, of McKeesport. “This was the family God wanted for us.”
Annie has learned to paint, draw and colour. She also swims, dresses, eats meals and opens cans of drink by herself, and uses her iPod touch and computers without assistance. She hopes to someday write books about animals.
“She’s an amazing little girl,” said Tom Clark, 49, who owns an automotive dealership. “It’s a shame because society places so many rules on how people should look, but the minds of these kids are phenomenal.”
Mary Ellen Clark hopes the award encourages her daughter “that she can do anything.”
sad. given up on american dream. “I am Chinese American. I have been a low-wage worker for many years. Currently I am unemployed. My son is still in school. We don’t have any health insurance. We have given up our American Dream.”
“I am a junior in high school living in San Francisco, Ca. I live with my widowed, single parent, immigrant father and my sister. We live in a studio apartment. My father has been unemployed since 2005, our only source of income is social security checks. But we are turning 18 soon, both of our benefits check would be discontinued. My sister and I work extremely hard so we can get many scholarships and into good colleges. We are our family’s only hope at the “American Dream.” We have that burden on our shoulders and we are afraid. We are depending only on our academic success to get further in life. But now that may not be enough. Budget cuts on education and rising tuition scare us. Our wish is to buy a house for our father one day.”- Chinese Progressive Association
Driver that hit Chinese Toddler was on his cell phone?
The first driver apparently had just broken up with his girlfriend and was on his cell phone when he hit Yueyue. The Shanghaiist reports the driver had placed a call to Yueyue’s father to tell him he would not surrender, but would give him some money, saying:
You saw that girl on the CCTV footage, she didn’t see where she was going, you know. I was on the phone when it happened, I didn’t mean it. When I realized I had knocked her down, I thought I’d go down to see how she was. Then when I saw that she was already bleeding, I decided to just step on the gas pedal and escape seeing that nobody was around me.