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Los Angeles Times, Jan. 22, 2023
Mass shooting in Monterey Park shatters the hope and joy of Lunar New Year
The holiday has a different resonance than the western new year, said Judy Wu, a professor of history and Asian American studies at UC Irvine. While both involve reflecting on the past and thinking about goals for the future, Jan. 1, with champagne and a countdown, often feels like an add-on for those who celebrate Lunar New Year. “You clean your house, you pay your debt, you start the new year with hope,” Wu said. “People take multiple days off from work, they travel to go home, and it’s an important time to connect with family.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 23, 2023
New Role Brings More Focus to Student Basic Needs
When Andrea Mora enrolled at University of California, Irvine, in 2012, she was a low-income, first-generation student. She was also 25 years old and an undocumented immigrant from Peru. … She channeled her interest in these issues into student activism … which helped her see the gaps in services the university provided to underrepresented students. … Mora is now UC Irvine’s director of Basic Needs and tasked with supervising the array of services the university provides to students whose backgrounds and life stories are much like her own: students from low-income or immigrant backgrounds; first in their families to attend college; Black, Hispanic or Indigenous, or BIPOC.

Newsweek, Jan. 20, 2023
If America’s Megadrought Continues, the Impact Will Be Catastrophic
When discussing the impact of the megadrought, David Feldman, [professor of urban planning and public policy and political science, director, Water UCI], with the University of California, Irvine, who specializes in water resources management, climate change policy and sustainable development, told Newsweek it is important to recognize that the effects differ widely at a local level, with some communities affected much more than others. “As a general rule, we’d have to say that the region as a whole is intensely affected,” he said.

The Orange County Register, Jan. 22, 2023
Southern California life expectancy shows huge gaps based on race, gender, county
A study from researchers at UCLA and Northwestern, among others, showed that from 2019 through 2021 life expectancy in California fell across racial and ethnic lines, though in vastly unequal portions …. Others who study public health said the unequal losses of life just back up arguments they’ve been making for years. “These differences aren’t accidents,” said Brittany Morey, an assistant professor of health, science and behavior at UC Irvine. “Why would a virus affect certain groups more than others? The pandemic revealed a system of broader inequities.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Guardian, Jan. 20, 2023
‘The last generation’: the young Chinese people vowing not to have children
Wang Feng, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine, said the population decline had begun almost a decade earlier than the United Nations had anticipated. … Wang said the population decline could be attributed to the one-child policy that began three and half decades ago, which resulted in a smaller number of women of childbearing age, people delaying or giving up on marriage and a smaller number of births within marriages. But the pandemic has worsened the situation.

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