Author Archive: Nevin Detert

China Sees Dwindle In The Number Of African-American Students

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For many years The people’s Republic of China has been the preferred destination for students from around the world. Many countries have schools and colleges that have entered into student-exchange programs with the educational institutions in China. This is helpful in fostering a sense of camaraderie amongst the young people of the world. These students even hail from economically developed countries like USA and Japan.
There are several reasons why students prefer to travel all the way to China to complete their education.
The educational institutions in China offer world-class quality education.
Students from western countries like the US or the UK, where tuition fees are very high, prefer to study in China, where the semester fees are very low.
The cost of living here is lower than that of countries like Japan, making it affordable for students living on a budget.
China boasts of a rich heritage and vibrant culture that attracts adventure-seeking students.
Students see viable future employment opportunities in China due to its fast-paced economy.
Knowledge of Chinese language is slowly becoming essential to business, as China is the second largest economy in the world.

america1But, in recent times, China has been seeing a reduction in the number of African-American students. Some have attributed this decline to the Chinese obsession with a pre-conceived notion of beauty, aka, their preference for fair-skinned people. Many African-Americans have experienced some form of bigotry or other during their stay in China. This usually involves unnecessary stares or pointed remarks regarding their color or hair. The culture-shock too sometimes overwhelms them.
The situation has gotten bleak lately. Many students have left for the US, vowing never to return back or ever endorse higher education in China to their community back home. This situation might be resolved if China imparts a bit of ethnic-sensitivity training to its citizens.

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Aung San Suu Kyi In First Civilian Myanmar Government

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It’s a new dawn in the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar. The Burmese people are waking up to a new reality. For many a Myanma, it still feels like the dream they so closely cherished in their hearts, a dream where their nation undergoes a transformation from a total military dictatorship to a totally democratic country. But, the undeniable fact is that the Burmese people have been finally granted their most desired wish- A government, of the people, for the people and by the people. For them, the last part is what they wanted the most from this much-heard definition of Democracy- By The People.

suukyi1The election results have been officially announced. In what many analysts term as a major political milestone, civilian leaders, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, have successfully won the elections and have replaced the generals who have been governing the nation for more than a half-century.
The outgoing president, ex-general U Thein Sein, has formally relinquished his post and welcomed his successor, U Htin Kyaw. Under U Thein Sein’s five year rule, the military dictatorship had taken the first few steps towards democracy, forming almost a hybrid system of government.

One of the greatest disappointments, however, was the fact that political activist Aung San Suu Kyi was denied the chance to head the fledgling democracy. She had been barred from assuming the post of President as the law in Myanmar clearly states that Myanmar’s having a spouse or children of Foreign nationality, cannot become the head of the nation. Many people around the world have termed this as being unjust as the 70-year-old Suu Kyi had spent more than half of her life under house arrest while demanding the expulsion of the military government.

On the other hand, Suu Kyi herself is wasting no time and is instead busy sculpting a challenging role as a “Super Minister”. In charge of four portfolios: education, foreign affairs, energy and the president’s office, she has no plans to indulge in a Game Of Thrones.

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Controversial Film ‘No Más Bebés’ Highlights Latin Women’s Plight

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For many, the concepts of womanhood and motherhood are so intertwined, that it’s impossible to imagine one without the other. A woman’s most cherished dream is to lovingly hold her child in her hand.

womenBut in 1975, for 10 Latin-American women, this dream was destined to remain unfulfilled. And, all thanks to a piece of paper that they unwittingly signed before undergoing emergency C-sections. Around 40 years ago LA County doctors allegedly performed unauthorized Tubal Ligation on these immigrant Mexican women. Tubal Ligation is an irreversible sterilization technique. The doctors acted on the belief that these women could do without any further children. The matter only came to light when the women approached their doctors with doubts regarding reversible family planning methods. They then sued the state and the U.S. government violating their civil rights.

This lawsuit, Madrigal v. Quilligan, forms the basis of director Renee Tajima-Peña’s poignant film No Más Bebés (No More Babies), which aired on PBS. The film follows the mental anguish and legal battles that these women faced. It also takes a look at the Government funded family programs, the under-resourced maternity wards being manned by inexperienced doctors and how women from the lower income group were targeted to undergo sterilizations without their knowledge and consent.

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