Creating a buzz: Chinese students and luxury cars

MLive reporter Melissa Anders writes about the issues and the economics of Chinese college students driving expensive luxury cars while studying in the United States.

The issue is one we deal with in “100 Questions and Answers About East Asian Cultures,” which was released to its student authors today. The student-authors are from the United States, China, Japan, South Koreas and Taiwan. They published their guide in about 10 weeks.

Anders’ article, published Monday, and the guide say that not all Chinese students can afford such wheels, of course. Anders comes closer to quantifying how many do, the reasons they do and the reactions of students, domestic and international, as well as people who work at Michigan State and in the local economy.

It is the perfect sort of question to deal with journalistically and out in the open, rather than with whispers and guesses.

One story tells the tale of immigration’s tragedy

In publishing “100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics and Latinos,” we handled a lot of questions about immigration, especially across the Texas-Mexico border.

One was that many people who cross there are not from Mexico, but from Central and South America. Another was that people have many reasons for crossing. And a third was that one of the most difficult dynamics is when families try to reunite. Often, members are in hiding or unsure of how to find their way. Sometimes they are simply so young the odds seem impossible.

We have evidence of that in the April 19 New York Times story of 12-year-old Noemi Álvarez Quillay.

Manuel Chavez, associate professor of journalism. Photo by G.L. Kohuth
Manuel Chavez, associate professor of journalism. Photo by G.L. Kohuth
In the introduction to the 100 questions guide, Michigan State journalism professor Manuel Chavez wrote, “Family reunification is one of the most difficult stories of immigration. This is when adolescents and children cross into the United States to join parents or family. In some cases a parent accompanies them, but in many cases, they are alone. The deportation process for minors is complicated, since in many cases information about reaching their family members is inaccurate or incomplete.”

Hispanics becoming California’s largest ethnic group

No one knows exactly when, but sometime this spring—some had predicted March—Latinos become the largest ethnic group in California.

Hispanic front cover web resThis is one of several milestones that will be reached regularly as Latinos become the nation’s largest ethnic group by around 2040. The U.S. Latino population reached 53 million in 2012 and is already having large effects on every facet of American society. Most Latinos in the United States are American citizens and millions of families have been here for generations.

In this column for CNN, Ruben Navarrette Jr. writes about the large and long-standing presence of Hispanics. He also deals, as others have, with the “sleeping giant” of unrealized Hispanic voting power.

These are a few of the themes we tackle in a new cultural competence guide. “100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics and Latinos,” which will be released about the time Latinos become California’s largest ethnic group.