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NBC News, Dec. 20, 2018
In 2018, Vietnamese Americans found new political prominence
In Orange County, California, Asian-American voters are thought to have helped flip three congressional seats so that the previous Republican stronghold is now entirely represented by Democrats. … In addition to the growing number, the Vietnamese community is also fielding a more diverse set of candidates in terms of age, gender and political experience, said Linda Trinh Vo, a professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

Psychology Today, Dec. 18, 2018
A Bottom-Up Approach to Reducing Racism
Why is racism still so prevalent after decades of intensive anti-bias activism? The following disheartening paragraph appeared in a fascinating article in The New Republic called, The Pathology of Prejudice: What neuroscience tells us about the persistence of hatred, by Erika Hayasaki. … [UCI Associate Professor] Hayasaki presents the science that indicates: that racism is both a product of genetics and culture (of nature and nurture); that it is exceedingly difficult to erase prejudice from the mind; that the results of racism reduction interventions are disappointingly temporary; and that our racist feelings are readily triggered despite our conscious efforts to be unbiased.

Wired, Dec. 20, 2018
We’re Got the Screen Time Debate All Wrong. Let’s Fix It
“For the past twelve months, the narrative surrounding technology use and screen time has been consistently negative, but it’s been driven more by fear than facts,” says UC Irvine psychologist Candice Odgers. … Odgers, whose lab at UC Irvine studies how technology affects adolescents’ physical, emotional, and cognitive development, has helped shed light on the potential benefits of screen time.

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 20, 2018
California transformed its justice system. But now crime is up, and critics want rollbacks
Two studies published this summer — one by a UC Irvine criminologist and another by the Public Policy Institute of California—found no link between Proposition 47 and increases in violent crime. Both noted a possible link between the initiative and increases in larceny, particularly thefts from motor vehicles, although the Irvine study found those links too tenuous to conclude Proposition 47 was to blame. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

MarketWatch, Dec. 20, 2018
Lawsuit against student-loan giant Navient moves forward, perhaps bolstering others
Though the judge’s rebuke was simply a procedural step allowing the case to move forward and isn’t binding on other courts, the thoroughness of the opinion makes it more likely that other judges looking at similar issues will find it persuasive, said Dalié Jiménez, a professor at the University of California-Irvine’s law school. “This was a devastating opinion to Navient’s case,” Jiménez said, adding that “it could be quite influential.”

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