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HuffPost, Sept. 5, 2022
The U.S. Is No Longer Providing Free COVID Tests. Here’s What To Do Now.
The federal government is still requiring private insurance companies to cover up to eight tests a month per person who is insured. David M. Souleles, the director of the [Campus Public Health] Response Team at the University of California, Irvine, said health insurance and managed care plans are handling this differently, so you’ll want to check in with your provider to figure out how you can get reimbursed. … “It really varies, so people should really check with their health insurance provider about the best option for accessing those covered tests,” Souleles said.

Business Insider, Sept. 3, 2022
Fighting inflation over the next 18 months could bring the same kind of pain it did in the 1980s: fewer jobs and expensive borrowing
Despite inflation needing to fall from four-decade highs, the downtrend should be faster than that seen after the early 1980s. Demographics are partially to thank, Christopher Schwarz, a professor of finance at the University of California Irvine said. The wave of household formation as the Baby Boomer generation entered their prime working and family-raising years in the early 1980s spurred massive demand at a time when the economy needed less spending. Today’s population is an aging one, and that will allow inflation “to be cooled a lot faster than it was back in the 1980s,” Schwarz said.

The Atlantic, Sept. 6, 2022
The End of California’s Meteorological Superiority
Amy Wilentz, UCI English professor writes, “But things have changed in California. First, we’re in the middle of the longest drought in recent memory. In L.A., rules about water usage are changing from month to month but always tightening. Second, and at the same time, the annual fire season is getting longer and longer, starting now in late spring and sometimes extending through November. And third, the temperature, which seems to be sinking in the winter, is rising in the summer.”

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 1, 2022
From O.C. church shooting to Pelosi’s visit — what it’s like to be Taiwanese American right now
More than 50,000 Taiwanese Americans live in Southern California …. Beginning in the 1960s, students from Taiwan enrolled in U.S. graduate schools, often to study science or technology, said Chris Fan, an Asian American studies [assistant] professor at UC Irvine. Many stayed to build careers and raise families. The immigrant pool later became more diverse, but Taiwanese Americans remain among the most highly educated and wealthiest ethnic groups in the country, Fan said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, Sept. 6, 2022
5 interesting Asian American-inspired stops on a tour of Orange County
5. Noguchi Gardens
Where is it: A couple blocks from South Coast Plaza and near the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, this sculpture garden at 611 Anton Blvd., features a fusion of Southern Californian and Japanese identities. Why it’s interesting: The idea of the garden created in 1982 by artist Isamu Noguchi was “not importing a replica of the ‘authentic’ Japanese garden, rather, the idea was to make use of some of the principles of Japanese garden design,” said Bert Winther-Tamaki, professor of art history at UC Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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