Report: 50 Percent Of Asian American Students In NYC Schools Say They’ve Been Bullied

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Asian American students are hoping the new school year brings an end to bullying in the New York City school system.

A new report by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Sikh Coalition found that 50 percent of Asian American students interviewed said they’ve been bullied.

The Sikh Coalition’s Amardeep Singh said 25 percent of those surveyed said they also suffered from physical violence, especially for Muslims and Sikhs.

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“I think that post 9/11 dynamic exacerbates school bullying for that segment of the Asian American community,” Singh said.

Pawarpreet Singh still gets emotional when he talks about being bullied by his elementary school classmates.

“I had to deal with people calling me ‘Osama’ and ‘terrorist’ and I also had to deal…

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Introducing Pamela Ki Mai Chen

3 days ago, I posted a news link announcing that President Obama has appointed the First Asian American Lesbian as a Federal Judge, Pamela Ki Mai Chen to a New York District court. For this blog, I decided to shed more light on this newly-appointed Judge.

Pamela Ki Mai Chen is a graduate of Georgetown Law and is a first generation American daughter of Chinese immigrants. Under her experience as a prosecutor, she has a background in Civil Rights and currently heads the Civil Rights Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. During her service in the United States Attorney’s Office, she has held many supervisory positions, including Chief of the Civil Rights Section and Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section.

If approved by the senate, she would become the second Chinese-American woman to serve as a judge in U.S. history. She was originally recommended by Senator Chuck Schumer.