Ashley Westerman

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Myanmar Immigrants In U.S. Worry For Families Back Home As Post-Coup Tensions Rise

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

As the aftermath of the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar continues to unfold, people in the U.S. with deep ties to the Southeast Asian country can only watch and wait.

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In U.S., Immigrants From Myanmar Monitor Post-Coup Protests Back Home

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Many in the Myanmar immigrant community in the U.S. worry about family and friends back home, where tensions between security forces and protesters continue to escalate following a military coup.

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Myanmar's Coup Will Be 'Painful' For Already Struggling Economy, Analysts Warn

Friday, February 05, 2021

Myanmar's economy is already suffering due to COVID-19. Analysts say an imposition of broad economic sanctions in response to the coup could harm the country and result in greater Chinese influence.

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'Steamrolled Us In Every Direction': The Year Grief Hit From All Sides

Friday, January 01, 2021

For many people this year, navigating grief from personal losses, like breakups and miscarriages, amid the drama of the pandemic has felt ... awkward. Here, stories of coping amid collective grief.

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In 2020, Protests Spread Across The Globe With A Similar Message: Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Journalists based in Colombia, South Africa and Indonesia talk about how the Black Lives Matter movement inspired activists abroad this year.

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'He Will Be A Happier Elephant': Vet Describes What It Was Like To Rescue Kaavan

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian with Four Paws International, says the "world's loneliest elephant" is settling into his new home in Cambodia. Khalil sang Sinatra's "My Way" to help calm Kaavan.

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Myanmar Election: Suu Kyi's Party Poised For 2nd Term

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy appear set to remain in power after Sunday's general election, which is largely seen as a referendum on Suu Kyi's first term.

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Over 120,000 People Remain Displaced 3 Years After Philippines' Marawi Battle

Friday, October 23, 2020

The government vowed to rebuild the city after the 2017 conflict with militants linked to ISIS. But more than 100,000 people are still in displacement camps, waiting for reconstruction.

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Toronto's ASD Band Looks To Raise Autism Awareness By Example

Friday, October 23, 2020

All the members of the Toronto-based ASD Band are on the Autism Spectrum. This month, they've been dropping new covers of songs each week in celebration of Canada's Autism Awareness Month.

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With Virtual Rush, Fraternities And Sororities Race To Pitch More Than Parties

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Greek organizations rely heavily on member dues. If chapters can't provide a meaningful experience online, one expert says, they may not survive the pandemic.

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Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa: 'Journalism Is Activism'

Thursday, August 06, 2020

The documentary A Thousand Cuts focuses on how Ressa and her Rappler news organization navigate Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's attacks on the press. It will be released in the U.S. Aug. 8.

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National Conversation About Race Brews In Rural Western Kentucky

Friday, July 31, 2020

In an interview with David Greene, two men from Webster County, Ky., argue over race at first, but then a disclosure about deeply personal history leads to a bit of unexpected common ground.

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Drive-In Movies Gain Popularity As People Seek Safe Activities During Pandemic

Friday, July 24, 2020

Drive-in movie theaters are making a bit of a comback amid the pandemic. And people are going, even just to reclaim a bit of of their Saturday nights back.

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What Will Sanrio's New Leadership Mean For Hello Kitty?

Friday, July 10, 2020

A new CEO is steering a company that's seen years of slumping revenues and whose home market of Japan has an aging population. But "don't count out Hello Kitty," says an author of a book about Sanrio.

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Johnson & Johnson To Stop Selling 2 Lines Of Skin-Lightening Products Popular In Asia

Monday, June 22, 2020

The company says it didn't intend to suggest that fairness or white was "better than your own unique skin tone." Other major companies have announced changes to advertising tactics seen as racist.

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Rashad Turner Had Wanted To Be A Cop. He Founded A Black Lives Matter Chapter Instead

Friday, June 05, 2020

The St. Paul, Minn., native trained to be a police officer — because he wanted to help. To him, the cops were the good guys. But what once felt like a calling to wear a badge ended long ago.

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For One Immigrant Community, George Floyd's Death Isn't Just About Black And White

Thursday, June 04, 2020

George Floyd's death isn't just a story about a black man and the white cop charged with his murder. Among Asian Americans, the involvement of Hmong officer Tou Thao is stirring a racial debate.

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How A Mother Protects Her Black Teenage Son From The World

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Minnesota state Rep. Ruth Richardson doesn't want her teenage son, Shawn, a track athlete, to go running outside. "You can't do the same things that your white friends do," she remembers telling him.

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A Kentucky County High School Honors Class Of 2020 With A Drive-Through Ceremony

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Webster County High School officials couldn't hold the big annual graduation event in the gym this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic — so the idea for a drive-through graduation was born.

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With 19 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases And No Deaths, Laos To Loosen Lockdown

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Starting Monday, the Southeast Asian country will open some schools and more businesses. It will also allow its citizens to travel domestically.

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