UCI News

The New York Times, Oct. 18, 2019
‘Parasite’ and South Korea’s Income Gap: Call It Dirt Spoon Cinema
In 2015, the top 10 percent of South Koreans held 66 percent of the nation’s wealth, while the poorer half of the population held only 2 percent, according to figures cited by Kyung Hyun Kim, a professor of East Asian studies at the University of California, Irvine, and an author of several books on Korean cinema. … “People who are born with a gold spoon are the ones who have made it,” the professor said. “The have-nots are dirt spoons. They will always be given a dirt spoon, and it will always be a struggle.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Washington Post, Oct. 18, 2019
That scooter ride is going to cost you a lot more
All of that costs money, said Sarah Catz, a research associate at the University of California at Irvine’s Institute of Transportation Studies. In addition to growing expenses, she said, companies are feeling more pressure to make a profit. Some, she said, may be using price hikes to steer their customers into monthly passes. “There are all types of costs,” said Catz, who studies the micromobility industry. “I think they are raising prices to maintain financial stability.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Fast Company, Oct. 18, 2019
The answer to helping the unbanked exists on every Main Street: the post office
Mehrsa Baradaran—a law professor at The University of California Irvine who began her career as a Wall Street lawyer helping banks turn to the government for assistance weathering the financial crisis—is proposing a solution to help the underbanked that also requires government backing: letting the U.S. Postal Service provide basic banking services. … “It’s a way to use the systems we have, which are already equipped to handle the essential services banks provide, to solve for inequality,” she says, adding, “if banks are supported by the federal government and they’re not serving half the population, that’s not a market problem. I think that’s a problem with democracy.”

Daily Pilot, Oct. 18, 2019
O.C. Vietnamese American activists urge youth to speak up for their beliefs
While she was studying at UC Irvine, [Tracy] La searched for specifically Vietnamese American spaces that did the activism and policy work she was interested in. … Inspired by groups like Philadelphia’s Viet Lead … she and a group of co-organizers created VietRISE. … Linda Vo, a professor in the Asian American Studies department at UC Irvine, says groups like VietRISE give a voice to many who have been underrepresented. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Multihousing News, Oct. 21, 2019
UC Irvine Opens Latest Green Student Housing
Student housing developer American Campus Communities (ACC) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have opened Plaza Verde, a 1,441-bed eco-friendly community designed to be LEED Platinum and zero-net energy. The development marks the seventh project within the University of California system for ACC.

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