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Organization helps underprivileged mixed children in Korea
The Korea Herald profiles the work of Pearl S. Buck International Korea, an organization which helps mixed Korean children navigate the prejudice and discrimination in Korean society:
“The Christmas party is also a great boost for the organization itself, as it strives to help Amerasian children who are often orphaned, impoverished and socially ostracized because of their mixed racial heritage.
"Most of times, we struggle to get sponsorship for our activities. These Christmas parties are special because we don't have to worry about that part," he said.
The Amerasian population is about 15,000 and Kosian 10,000, according to rough estimates by the Pearl S. Buck group. Kosian is a newly coined word for a child from the marriage of a Korean and another Asian national, mainly migrant workers…
One out of 10 Amerasian children drops out of elementary school and the rate doubles in middle school. Over 80 percent of the children are from single-mother families, and they face prejudice and discrimination not only at schools but also at workplaces.
"Children of Korean-black or Korean-southeastern Asian mix tend to have more of a hard time than those of Korean-Caucasian origin, reflecting the bigotry of our society," Lee said.”
I got a heads-up (thanks ELW!) about this great line of cards that caters to those who celebrate both Chanukah and Christmas. Finally, something substantial for the interfaith kids! Chrismukkah.com has gotten quite a bit of press. Check out the story ABC News did:
Move over, Festivus. Chrismahanukwanzakah is the alternative December holiday du jour. Or maybe you both light candles and decorate a tree, so you'd like to officially celebrate Chrismukkah this year.
This year, the 18-day-long Chrismukkah observance began Dec. 7, according to Ron Gompertz, owner of Chrismukkah.com, a Web site devoted to the celebration of the holiday. Gompertz, who is Jewish, and his wife, Michelle, who is the daughter of a Protestant minister, were inspired by an episode of Fox's "The OC" in which Seth Cohen coins the phrase describing his interfaith family's Christmas and Hanukkah traditions. "Chrismukkah is sort of the great umbrella name for describing the chaos and whimsy and excitement that goes on during the month of December," Gompertz said.
WARD WATCH: Connerly gives a computer through the Detroit News Helping Hands project
Yup, we're watching Ward's moves -- big and small. I think it’s interesting that he participated in this charitable program in Michigan, reported by The Detroit News. I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that his salary has been all over the news and he wants to appear to be a giving fellow…or that Michigan is the state he will soon be courting. Don’t get me wrong, I think that the act was quite commendable. He came to the aid of someone who really needed help. I just hope that he doesn’t have ulterior motives. Your favorite conspiracy theorist signing off…
Gutierrez received a call from a woman who donated two turkeys. She also got a call from Ward Connerly, founder of the American Civil Rights Institute. Connerly had read the story and wanted to outfit Vashon Gutierrez with a computer. "We are getting him a computer and all the accoutrements that go with it," said Connerly, 65, of Sacramento, Calif.