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The Washington Post, May 10, 2019
For Mother’s Day, homesick immigrants flood Western Unions to send money to their moms
In Aztec culture, mothers preparing for childbirth were considered as courageous and formidable as warriors going into battle, said Belinda Campos, an associate professor in the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. … “There’s a saying, ‘madre solo hay una,” or “mother, there is only one,” Campos said. “It’s sort of a way of emphasizing this is who gave you life…You can never pay them back. They gave you life.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

MarketPlace, May 8, 2019  (Audio)
No change to spare? That’s no longer a problem for buskers.
Bill Mauer is an anthropology professor at UC Irvine who studies financial technology. “There’s really no good solution for folks in the informal economy.” Good old fashioned cash on the other hand? “I don’t need to have a bank account to make it work, I just need the cash in my hand and as soon as I give it to you, it’s yours.” He says none of the payment services we have at the moment can really do that. (Segment starts at 4:04, Bill Mauer starts at 6:08)

Spectrum News 1, May 10, 2019 (Video)
Art Exhibit Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Riots
A University of California, Irvine Chancellor’s Professor of English and [Antoinette LaFarge], a professor of the arts collaborated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. The project began with a box filled with photos given to Chancellor’s Professor Jonathan Alexander at a family reunion in 2014.

Forbes, May 10, 2019 (Contributor)
What Can The Average Person Do To Improve The Criminal Justice System?
Answer by Alexandra Natapoff, Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, on Quora: Perhaps the most important thing that people can do is to take the time to understand how our criminal system actually works and how deeply it affects millions of people. … Any one of us could commit a misdemeanor, from loitering to trespassing to speeding. Those many people labeled as “criminals” could be our children, our friends, or neighbors.

Orange County Register, May 8, 2019
High-end landscape designer shows off his eclectic Laguna Beach garden
[Greg] Salmeri didn’t plan to get into landscape design. Rather, he kind of fell into it. His mother was an artist and avid gardener and he spent many of his early years helping her. At UC Irvine, he was an art major and took one class in horticulture. Then, when a friend needed help with a yard, Salmeri volunteered because he knew plants. “Fairly soon after that another friend needed help and … so on,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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