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CSUSB professor interviewed for article examining whether U.S. Rep. Young Kim is the future of the GOP
Jewish Insider
Nov. 12, 2021

Scot Zentner, professor and chair of the CSUSB political science department, was interviewed for a profile on freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Young Kim, whose Congressional district includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. The article examined her chances of being re-elected to a second term, and whether she represents the future of the Republican Party.

Zentner agreed with that sentiment. “She seems to have played things deftly enough,” he said of Kim, pointing in particular to a pair of early House votes that, he suggested, reflect the unique cost-benefit analysis required of center-right Republicans working within a party that remains largely in thrall to Trump.

Read the complete article at “Is Young Kim the future of the GOP?

CSUSB professor comments on hesitancy to report hate crimes after Olympic gymnast is attacked with pepper spray
The Washington Post
Nov. 11, 2021

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for article about Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee being pepper-sprayed by unknown assailants while waiting for an Uber in Los Angeles. It is the latest high-profile of hate-driven violence aimed at Asian Americans.

Lee, a gymnast, said she hesitated in reporting the incident to police. Concerns about reporting hate offenses are not uncommon. Slightly more than half of hate crime victims reported the attacks to police, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

“When you have someone who is as prominent and beloved as an Olympic medalist feeling hesitancy with reporting, can you imagine what someone who does not have her prominence may feel?” said Levin.

In communities where English is not the main language used, people may feel like they cannot report incidents or crimes, Levin said. He pointed to resources available to victims such as advocacy organizations like Stop AAPI Hate that collect reports, but acknowledged more needed to be done to meet people where they are.

Levin said anti-Asian crimes has risen over the years, only to surge since March. Last year, former president Donald Trump repeatedly blamed China for the coronavirus, which civil rights advocates said stirred xenophobic sentiments.

“Last year was a perfect storm of terrible in regards to hate crimes,” Levin said.

That underlying prejudice has not gone away. Levin warned that as public attention turns to the election and other polarizing stories, backlash could follow, particularly against Asian people.

“Anytime we have a controversy, where there’s anger or fear, and it’s in some way stereotyped,” Levin said, “that kind of air quality affects all the surrounding regions, that toxic smoke of prejudice.”

Read the complete article at “Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee says she was pepper sprayed in racist attack.”

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus team studies Salton Sea cultural perspectives
Palm Desert Patch
Nov. 10, 2021

An interdisciplinary group of faculty and student scholars at the Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus is conducting a community-based research project focusing on local perspectives of the Salton Sea.

Working with the Salton Sea Authority, and with funding from CSUSB's Office of Community Engagement and The Project for Environmental Awareness, Communication, and Education (PEACE) at PDC, the research team is conducting qualitative interviews with local residents to uncover prominent cultural narratives concerning the Salton Sea and its impact.

Palm Desert Campus faculty members Michael Karp, history, and Michael Salvador, communication studies, are leading the team of PDC student environmental research fellows, which consists of communication studies majors Johnny Arredondo, Alexis Hass, Nadine Jolly and Andrea Rodriguez, as well as psychology major Dolores Vega. Additional students in the Environmental Communication class at PDC are also participating in the research project.

Read the complete article at “CSUSB Palm Desert Campus team studies Salton Sea cultural perspectives.”

CSUSB faculty among presenters at annual Greater Palm Springs Summit
Uken Report
Nov. 11, 2021

CSUSB faculty Mike Stull, professor and director of the School of Entrepreneurship, an Ezekiel Bonillas, adjunct professor of management and entrepreneurship, will be among the speakers at the 17th annual Greater Palm Springs Summit, set for Thursday, Nov. 18.

The theme of this year’s virtual Summit, hosted by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) is “Pursuit.”

Read the complete article at “Annual summit promises economic forecast.”

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