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CSUSB’s Kevin Grisham discusses why accurate hate crime data collection is so important
PBS News Hour
June 21, 2021
Using hate crimes against the Sikh community, part of the East and Southeast Asian community, as a backdrop, Kevin Grisham, associate director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, explained why tracking hate crimes are so important. Sikhs, the article said, “are among several groups for which hate crime data may be failing to reveal the scale of the problem.”
Grisham said there has been a consistent discrepancy between the FBI data and what Asian Americans actually experience. He said sometimes incidents against Sikhs are misidentified by law enforcement who might record a crime as bias against another religion other than Sikhism. “That skews the data and really hurts policy decision makers,” Grisham said.
And, he added later in the article, incomplete data means that communities can ignore issues related to hate and bias.
“If you don’t know what’s going on within communities, you can’t figure out how to address them,” Grisham said. “If the public was more aware of what was really going on, there would be more of a call for action.”
Read the complete article at “How the Sikh community’s experiences with hate crimes shows why data collection is so important.”
CSUSB professor writes on children facing rejection by their peers
June 22, 2021
In the first installment of a seven-part series of columns, Anthony Silard, CSUSB associate professor of public administration, wrote about the difficult lessons children learn when they deal with rejection at the playground for his blog, “The Art of Living Free.”
Read the complete article at “When You Want to Be Closer Than They Do.”
CSUSB professor comments on U.S. blocking access to several dozen websites linked to Iran
June 23, 2021
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment that focused on what seems to be a coordinated action: A message has appeared on the websites of a series of Iranian and regional television networks that claims their domains have been “seized by the United States Government.” A Press TV report said the messages cited U.S. sanctions laws for the move.
Yaghoubian said that on one level, the action is symbolic. “The architecture of the internet does not enable the United States to seize [Press TV] itself. Certainly, anyone can access Press TV through the IR domain. But it’s also, I think, symbolic of the decline of the U.S. empire, and the fact that in this decline phase of the empire, the United States sees increasing threats, both abroad as well as domestically, especially in the area of news and information.
“And so, honestly, this is not surprising to me,” he said. “I thought this move was going to made under the Trump administration right around the time the move was made to kick Press TV off of YouTube and as well as of Facebook.”
Watch the segment at “US govt. seizes domains of some Iranian, regional outlets' websites.”
CSUSB Street Medicine program gets major assist
IE Business Daily
June 23, 2021
Cal State San Bernardino’s Street Medicine program is about to cast a wider net in its effort to help homeless people in the Coachella Valley.
The program, which operates out of the Palm Desert Campus, is one of six street medical operations that will be allowed to use a $340,000 mobile medical clinic that will be purchased by the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation. Foundation board members approved the purchase of the mobile clinic late last month.
“We are so grateful to be included and excited about the ongoing partnerships with several of the organizations,” said Diane Vines, the university nursing faculty member who created and runs the street medicine program, in the statement. “The van will allow us to conduct street medicine nursing clinics in the field and provide mental health and substance abuse services.”
Read the complete article at “CSUSB street medicine program gets major assist.”
CSUSB professor’s new books on consciousness and para consciousness hit stands
The Week Magazine (India)
June 22, 2021
Vipin Gupta, and Indian American author and CSUSB professor of business management who has been globally recognized for his work towards exploring the vastly integrated processes inside nature, is back with two new books around this project. His new books delve into the hidden mysteries of mother nature around the most sought-after issues of consciousness and para consciousness.
Gupta said, “My fifth book, ‘What Is Consciousness,’ reveals the secret origin of consciousness, soul, spirit, entity, space, and time, where I explain how to evaluate, organize, and transcend the fragmented consciousness within the three dimensions of time, four dimensions of space, and three dimensions of the entity. While my sixth book, ‘What Is Para Consciousness,’ reveals the secret thread of life that lies hidden within our para-consciousness.”
Read the complete article at “Dr. Vipin Gupta’s new books on consciousness and para consciousness hit stands.”
“Normally, I don’t turn the lens towards my personal life,” says filmmaker Diane Russo-Cheng. “But this year, with the rise in hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans in the United States, I felt a deep sense of urgency to show what an American family looks like.” Her new short, A Significant Name, is part of British Vogue’s second annual Pride video series.
“The touching portrait of a loving family is especially affecting at a time when anti-Asian hate is on the rise in the US,” film reviewer Susan Devaney wrote. “A recent study from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State University San Bernardino found that hate crimes against Asians in 16 of America’s largest cities and counties had increased by 164 per cent since this time last year.”
Industry combats racism
June 22, 2021
One of the recent studies on anti-Asian hate crimes by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism was referenced by actor, comedian, writer and producer Ken Jeong in an article about how the entertainment industry is combating racism.
Jeong says anti-Asian hate crimes in 16 of the nation's biggest cities increased 149 percent in 2020, while overall hate crime dropped 7 percent (according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino).
"This happened during quarantine, when everyone's supposedly staying home," Jeong says. "We all know someone who's been affected, whether it was verbal assault or physical. There's nothing funny about this issue. This is a human rights issue, and we all need to be on the same page with it."
Anti-Asian racism is on the rise. Here's what we can do to combat it.
World Economic Forum
June 23, 2021
Bincheng Mao, president of the Board of Directors at East Coast Coalition for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, wrote of his own experience as a victim of a racist attack and the youth-led awareness campaign he launched, which reached over 1 million people.
“What happened to me was not an isolated incident, but part of a global pattern of rising racism and hate crimes against Asian minorities during this ongoing pandemic,” he wrote. “In America for example, from 2020 to 2021, anti-Asian hate crimes surged by 169% across 15 major cities, according to the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
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