Archive for July 2011

If you want to get ahead in this globally competitive economy, learn Mandarin. That’s the message many kids are now getting from their parents. Lan Trinh visited several New York City schools with Mandarin programs, and joined Fi2W executive producer John Rudolph to talk about this trend in dual language education.

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Pauline O'Brien came to the U.S. when she was 19 years old. For years she worked in a variety of service jobs before finding her vocation--teaching immigrant children in the New York public school system. FI2W education reporter Peter McDermott of the Irish Echo brings us her story.

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First, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas revealed that he has been living and working in the U.S. illegally for years. Next came his critics, and they weren’t who you might have expected. Turns out some of the harshest words against Vargas come from people a lot like him, his fellow Filipino immigrants both legal and undocumented. On this podcast,  Cristina Pastor, founder of FilAm.net, and FI2W columnist Erwin de Leon, discuss reaction to Vargas' revelation of his undocumented status. FI2W's Exec Producer John Rudolph hosts.

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The Complex Relationship Between Immigrant Blacks and African Americans on College Campuses: By several measures, immigrant blacks are outpacing African-Americans in higher education. In this podcast education reporter Martha St. Jean looks at the impact this has had on relations between different groups of black students. FI2W Executive Producer John Rudolph is the host.

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