Hmong and Older Workers File Suit Against Casino One in Fresno

Legal advocacy firms have brought a class-action suit against Fresno-based Club One Casino. In separate complaints filed April 11, 16 former workers allege discrmination based on ethnic background and another six say they were discriminated against because of their age. Both groups also allege that when they spoke out, the Club retaliated against them. The workers are seeking up to several hundred thousand dollars in lost compensation.

Whitewashing Akira

Hollywood is planning a new film based upon the classic manga AKIRA. Guess what? The directors have taken steps to cast all whites as the lead actors in this Asian film. Kaneda and Tetsuo will probably be played by two people from the group, Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake and Joaquin Phoenix. Joaquin Phoenix? Hollywood hasn't recognized the 22nd century as Asia's yet, but I guess they're not reading the newspapers.

Saigon Grill Labor Battle Continue in Manhattan

Saigon Grill in Upper West Side Manhattan has been in the center of labor disputes for years. New owners Qiao Lin and Bei Lin are continuing this tradition. 

The Lins, who bought the three-restaurant chain in October 2010, refused to employ servers and busboys who they deem “too old,” because they are over the age of 40. They also fired workers who spoke out against this as well as delivery workers who tried to form a union.

Protesting workers and the Justice Will be Served! campaign have demanded that the Lins:

Does Philadelphia City Hall endorse racial profiling by advocating for a Market Street casino - AGAIN?

This is from Helen Gym's blog by permission of the author

In posts too many to name, I’ve shared concerns many of us in the Asian community have about the gambling industry’s penchant for racial profiling. Sometimes, though, it’s refreshing when the industry just speaks for itself:

ECASU/ECAASU: The Military and APA Student Conferences

The issue over military sponsorship of the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) has hit a flash point over the past week since its conference at UMass Amherst in mid-February. Despite expressed public concern from some activists (reposted at this site) previous to the conference, the issue didn't mushroomed until keynote speakers at the conference brought up the issue.

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