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The APNU+AFC Govt. and African Guyanese: After three years, no major Policy Initiative that targets Black Empowerment – Kaieteur News
May 13, 2018 | | Hinds' Sight with Dr. David Hinds.

Many African Guyanese believe that any criticism of this APNU+AFC government, especially by one of their own, is sinful. This is the very attitude that was exhibited by many Indian Guyanese when the PPP held office and which African Guyanese found revolting. But now, with their government in power, African Guyanese are behaving in the same manner. This hypocrisy by our ethnic communities is at the root of Guyana’s failure to move from the backward politics of colonial domination to a more enlightened politics that embrace equality of opportunity and national consensus as guiding principles. And this failure has impeded economic liberation from poverty and want, and kept us a poor, underdeveloped country.......Most African Guyanese live in the urban areas and in ancestral villages. But these spaces are hardly hubs of economic opportunities. Three years after its assumption of office, there is still no comprehensive Urban and Village renewal initiative. Many African Guyanese villages and communities don’t have markets, for example. Hence, there is little money circulation in those communities.
I know there are many who would say that Village and Urban Renewal are not government business. I beg to disagree. The poor state of those communities is a direct result of government policies, so the repair job must be initiated by government policy.
Afro-Guyanese  economic_empowerment  equality_of_opportunity  Guyana  politics  economically_disadvantaged  economic_development  economic_dynamism  Guyanese  revitalization  institutions  ethnic_communities  David_Hinds  African_Guyanese_villages 
may 2018 by jerryking
Despite Amazon effect, not all mom and pops in trouble on Main St.
Chris Morris, special to CNBC.com Published 8:53 AM ET Fri, 11 Aug 2017

With so many major retailers struggling to stay afloat, it'd be easy to think smaller, mom-and-pop stores are doing even worse, or might be largely fading away. The recent demise of retail giants, however, has left a brick-and-mortar vacuum for local stores to fill.

And many experts say it might be best to stay small. Being a micro-sized business certainly isn't protection against big-box retailers or online competitors, but being a small business that's an integral part of a local community can help build a loyal customer base.

"The vast majority of mom-and-pop businesses are either neighborhood retail businesses or small service businesses," says Leonard Schlesinger, Baker Foundation professor at the Harvard Business School. "As neighborhood businesses, they play a significant role in neighborhood stabilization, [providing convenience for people living close by]."
Amazon  big-box  mom-and-pop  retailers  e-commerce  ethnic_communities  convenience_stores  local  customer_loyalty  small_business  department_stores  neighbourhoods 
january 2018 by jerryking
Subscription Music Service Sounds a New Note: Profit - WSJ
By Ethan Smith
Updated June 30, 2017

NYC-based Saavn is a relative minnow among them, with 22 million monthly active users who are predominantly in India and seven nearby nations. To them it offers a free service with unlimited access to 30 million songs—both Indian and Western—in exchange for sitting through ads. Charts and playlists spotlight music from various regions, eras and artists, such as Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.

Outside South Asia, Saavn is subscription-only. For around $5 a month, users in the U.S., U.K. and about 200 countries gain access to 11 million songs, most of them Bollywood tunes and other Indian music. Users in India can pay 99 rupees (about $1.54) a month for an ad-free “pro” option.

The service also offers music from 10 artists it has signed directly to record label-style deals, along with 30 talk shows.
ad_supported  free  Bollywood  Spotify  Apple_Music  streaming  ethnic_communities  music  India  subscriptions  Indian-Americans 
june 2017 by jerryking
Our Trump moment might not be so white - The Globe and Mail
DOUG SAUNDERS
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Could Trump happen here in Canada? .....We like to think not. Canadians are more attuned to diversity, less prone to ethnic nationalism. Our parliamentary system prevents demagogues from gaining a foothold. And we’ve generally voted for moderate parties of centre-right or centre-left.

Better to ask: When it happens, what will it look like? Being Canada, if the new extremism catches on here, it probably won’t have the same complexion.....This week, the marketing agency Edelman released its annual “Trust Barometer” survey under the headline Canada At Populism, Trust Crisis Tipping Point. That might be an overstatement, but their numbers do show a rise in the same factors that have led Americans, French and Britons to support Mr. Trump, Marine Le Pen and the Brexit politicians.

The survey found large and growing numbers (eight in 10) believing that distant “elites” are out of touch with regular Canadians and are causing harm; almost half believe that “globalization” is hurting Canada; more than a quarter fear immigrants rather than regarding them as neighbours. And, tellingly, on trust in institutions (government, media, business) there is a 15-per-cent gap – twice as high as last year – between the “informed public” and the “mass population.”....Since the eighties, new Canadians and their families have tended to live in the low-cost, poorly transit-connected high-rise suburbs; they are more likely to be excluded from the housing boom and the secure new-economy jobs that have buoyed Canada; they are generally not white. Mr. Ford spoke their specific language of outsider resentment; he stoked the anger felt by many marginal Caribbean, African, South Asian and East Asian Canadians, and worked their Evangelical and Pentecostal churches. He knew their sense of exclusion could be turned into angry intolerance and he gave his voters a mythic “them” to be angry about. And it worked.......This doesn’t mean minorities in Canada have turned to the far right – they haven’t, any more than anyone else has. It does mean that anger and exclusion and paranoia in Canada, and even racial intolerance and xenophobia in Canada, are just as likely to entrap minority Canadians. The places where I most often hear overtly pro-Trump opinions are on Toronto’s black-music radio station or in the suburban flea markets: His outsider message works there....Canada has traditionally avoided extremism by offering hope: If you start on the bottom rung, you can make it higher. But the second and third rungs are no longer so secure. If they fail, we could wind up electing the world’s most diverse form of self-destructive intolerance.
Doug_Saunders  Donald_Trump  Rob_Ford  ethnic_communities  Toronto  Canada  Edelman  racial_resentment 
february 2017 by jerryking
The Asian Advantage - The New York Times
OCT. 10, 2015 | NYT | Nicholas Kristof.

the Asian advantage, Nisbett argues, isn’t intellectual firepower as such, but how it is harnessed.

Some disagree, but I’m pretty sure that one factor is East Asia’s long Confucian emphasis on education. Likewise, a focus on education also helps explain the success of Jews, who are said to have had universal male literacy 1,700 years before any other group.
overachievers  ksfs  Nicholas_Kristof  stereotypes  Asian-Americans  books  education  parenting  ethnic_communities  movingonup  achievement_gaps  ethnic_stereotyping  values  Confucian  literacy 
october 2015 by jerryking
There Are Many Things That Are Missing in Ferguson — Letters to the Editor - WSJ
Aug. 21, 2014 | WSJ | Letter to the editor by Richard Klitzberg
Joseph Epstein's poignant comments in "What's Missing in Ferguson, Mo." (op-ed, Aug. 13) compare and contrast today's absence of black leadership with the '50s and '60s when great and historic black leaders rose to give the civil rights era its direction. The real question from Mr. Epstein should not concern riots in Missouri or what and how much blacks have been given by government, or what their current leaders have accomplished for them, but why they need "leaders" in the first place. ...The black community doesn't need today's leaders who are completely self-absorbed. It needs values and standards, goals and objectives—all of which are within their personal control. And they need to aim high. Doing that, even if one doesn't quite make it, leaves one a long way above where he was.
Ferguson  Michael_Brown  leadership  leaders  African-Americans  ethnic_communities  personal_control  self-absorbed  values  standards  goals  objectives  '60s  '50s  civil_rights 
august 2014 by jerryking
Achievement gaps: Revenge of the tiger mother
May 5th 2014 | | The Economist |

Yet despite this pushback, the Asian-American achievement advantage is well documented, and Amy Hsin and Yu Xie, sociologists at City University of New York and the University of Michigan, wanted to try to find out why it exists. In a new paper in the journal PNAS, they looked at whether it could be explained by socio-demographic factors (such as family income and parental education), cognitive ability (were these children simply more intelligent?), or work ethic.

Although Asian Americans do often come from better educated and higher income families, socio-demographic factors could not explain the achievement gap between Asians and whites. This is because recently arrived Asian immigrants with little formal education and low incomes have children that do better in school than their white peers. Asian-Americans actually fall into four distinct categories in America. East and South-Asian children tend to be socio-economically privileged, whereas South-East Asian and Filipino children tend to be disadvantaged.

Being brainier isn't the answer either. When the pair looked at cognitive ability as measured by standardised tests, Asian-Americans were not different from their white peers. Instead Dr Hsin and Dr Xie find that the achievement gap can be explained through harder work—as measured by teacher assessments of student work habits and motivation. (Although the authors warn that this form of assessment will capture both true behavioural differences as well as a teacher’s perception of differences.)

What might explain harder work? The authors point to the fact Asian-Americans are likely to be immigrants or children of immigrants who, as a group, tend to be more optimistic. These are people who have made a big move in search of better opportunities. Immigration is a "manifestation of that optimism through effort, that you can have a better life". Added to this mix is a general cultural belief among Asian-Americans that achievement comes with effort. We know that children who believe ability is innate are more inclined to give up if something doesn't come naturally. An understanding that success requires hard work—not merely an aptitude—is therefore useful. This finding is worth bearing in mind when considering the current fuss over new tests in mathematics, as some parents complain that they are now too hard.
achievement_gaps  students  Amy_Chua  immigrants  Tiger_Moms  parenting  ethnic_communities  grit  Asian-Americans  hard_work 
may 2014 by jerryking
What Drives Success? - NYTimes.com
JAN. 25, 2014 | NYT | By AMY CHUA and JED RUBENFELD.

the strikingly successful groups in America today share three traits that, together, propel success. The first is a superiority complex — a deep-seated belief in their exceptionality. The second appears to be the opposite — insecurity, a feeling that you or what you’ve done is not good enough. The third is impulse control.

Any individual, from any background, can have what we call this Triple Package of traits. But research shows that some groups are instilling them more frequently than others, and that they are enjoying greater success.

It’s odd to think of people feeling simultaneously superior and insecure. Yet it’s precisely this unstable combination that generates drive: a chip on the shoulder, a goading need to prove oneself. Add impulse control — the ability to resist temptation — and the result is people who systematically sacrifice present gratification in pursuit of future attainment.

Ironically, each element of the Triple Package violates a core tenet of contemporary American thinking....The same factors that cause poverty — discrimination, prejudice, shrinking opportunity — can sap from a group the cultural forces that propel success. Once that happens, poverty becomes more entrenched. In these circumstances, it takes much more grit, more drive and perhaps a more exceptional individual to break out.
poverty  movingonup  Amy_Chua  Mormons  hardships  ethnic_communities  immigrants  ksfs  self-discipline  perseverance  achievement_gaps  paranoia  Sonia_Sotomayor  overachievers  sacrifice  delayed_gratification  impulse_control  insecurity  exceptionality  superiority_complex  dual-consciousness  cultural_values 
january 2014 by jerryking
Daily Kos: If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic
Oct 20, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT
If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic

by Denise Oliver VelezFollow for Daily Kos
racism  Dominican_Republic  Haiti  expulsions  ethnic_communities  statelessness 
november 2013 by jerryking
A murder that changed Toronto
Oct. 12 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by GAYLE MacDONALD.
Toronto's loss of innocence....Anthony De Sa's new novel, Kicking The Sky, revolves around the murder of 12-year-old Emanuel Jaques and its impact on Toronto's Portuguese community, the city at large and three young boys who decide to search for Emanuel’s body. It is a coming-of-age story about hard truths and loss of innocence.
killings  Toronto  ethnic_communities  '70s  writers  neighbourhoods  Portuguese  coming-of-age  hard_truths 
october 2013 by jerryking
Catherine Bush produces a novel of anxiety and ambiguity
Oct. 04 2013 | G&M | by MADELEINE THIEN.

Title Accusation
Author Catherine Bush
Genre fiction
Publisher Goose Lane
Pages 358
Price $32.95
ethnic_communities  fiction  book_reviews  race_relations 
october 2013 by jerryking
African Guyanese leaders must be much more development oriented
November 20, 2007 | Stabroek News | by Lin-Jay Harry-Voglezon.

Cheddi Jagan said around 1990, that the PNC government was preparing the Afro community to fail. He meant the high concentration of Afro Guyanese in the bloated public service sector which was unsustainable, and the practice of giving them opportunities on the basis of party cards, as a way of up-keeping the government, would backfire on the community. He meant that when the system of things changed the community would be uncompetitive for it would by then have nurtured the wrong ethics, expectations, and attitudes. The psyche of dependency on the state would be so ingrained that it would fail to be as resourceful as it is ought to be and was capable of being........I have argued in the past that the Afro community, owing to its historical conditions of survival, had crystallised a false sense of importance and security under PNC governance. I indicated that it is not a government of black faces, PNC or otherwise that would transform the Afro communities, but transformation in cultural ideas and economic groundings, which could be induced through changed conditions of survival and an improved understanding of self. Of all Afro leaders, Walter Rodney was best trained and equipped to lead that transformation. His death was a tremendous loss.

This additional response to Osafo Modibo’s letters is that the problems at Buxton are fundamentally symptomatic of cultural and economic deficiencies. While Modibo accuses myself and others of being silent on the extremities in that village he fails to acknowledge that the very executors of the excesses are mainly Afro Guyanese. The Afro community should realise that the highest form of emancipation would be when every black child grows up with the doctrine that he must be black, honourable and economically creative. So whether he is poor, rich, or an officer of state he must never pawn his common sense and dignity to others.
letters_to_the_editor  economic_development  Afro-Guyanese  ethnic_communities  entrepreneurship  false_sense_of_security  mindsets  generational_wealth  public_sector  psyche_of_dependency  human_psyche  Cheddi_Jagan  cultural_values 
september 2013 by jerryking
African-Guyanese need to invest time and resources in agriculture
May 19, 2011 | Stabroek News | by Richard Drake.

I believe that what black communities lack the most is money and wealth. A causal observation of any black community will reveal that the stranglehold of poverty is affecting their growth and development. The high number of dilapidated buildings, poor roads, water and sanitation are manifest expressions of that poverty. There are a number of reasons for this I shall discuss two.

First, our attitude towards money is bad. Look at the way we spend our hard-earned money in entertainment. Almost every show at the Providence Stadium is filled to capacity with young and not so young African-Guyanese. Every show young Blacks spend thousands of dollars they can hardly afford. We entertain ourselves at the expense of everything else, even our development.

Second, a large percentage of African-Guyanese work in the public sector; they are public servants. The government controls the public purse. Therefore, it decides how much these servants will be paid and how much they should be taxed. In this way, they do exert a great deal of power over the development of Blacks and influence the quality of their lives and communities.

One can argue that there are trade unions which negotiate with government, wages and salaries for workers. However, given the behaviour of the unions demonstrated at the last May Day rally, the divisions among them, and the fact that some of their leaders appear to have been bought out by the government one can hardly expect a decent challenge by these organizations to the unfairness in the national pay system.

As a result, the average public servant lives from pay cheque to pay cheque. It is a vicious cycle.

What is clear is that African-Guyanese desperately need a paradigm shift. African-Guyanese must get out of the public sector now. We need to begin to ‘re-image’ ourselves not as servants (public or otherwise) but as entrepreneurs. This is absolutely necessary for wealth creation and development.

One area that is immediately available to us is agriculture. There is a lot of history in the black community in this industry and much aversion to it, particularly by our young people but, there is enormous potential in this industry. Export markets are available for all kinds of non-traditional produce. However, we are too busy sitting behind desks burdened with loads of paperwork that we cannot see and exploit the potential in this sector. We love the sound of the names and status of certain positions in the public sector. Some of those very positions retard our growth and progress. We have to change that.

As a people, we need to invest time and resources in the agriculture industry; we need to go back to the land en masse. Black families and communities must become efficient economic units, generating wealth for real development through large-scale crop and animal husbandry. This will make us self employed, reduce the amount we spend in purchasing food, decrease our dependence on others to supply us with food and free up money for other investment activities. It will help in wealth generation in black communities.
Guyana  letters_to_the_editor  Afro-Guyanese  agriculture  wealth_creation  ethnic_communities  economic_development  entrepreneurship  mindsets  public_sector  overrepresentation  farming  fresh_produce  non-traditional  generational_wealth  self-employment  frugality  downward_spirals  poverty  public_servants  paradigm_shifts  African_Guyanese_villages  young_people  psyche_of_dependency 
august 2013 by jerryking
Aronia, Olallie and Other Berry Varieties Vy to Be the Next Super Berry - WSJ.com
July 9, 2013 | WSJ | By ANNE MARIE CHAKER.

Exotic Varieties, From Aronia to Olallie, Line Up for Their Shot at Celebrity Status in the Produce Aisle
fruits  fresh_produce  ethnic_communities 
july 2013 by jerryking
Why Asian greens are red-hot with gardeners
Jun. 19 2013 | The Globe and Mail |DAVE McGINN.

In Canada, Asian vegetables have become staples at garden centres and seed companies, thanks largely to demographics. With the number of Asian Canadians on the rise, markets are responding to suit their tastes. But the popularity of growing these veggies is hardly limited to those of Asian heritage. Gardeners of all kinds are being drawn to them thanks to the fact that many are quick and easy to grow and offer something more exotic that tomatoes and carrots.

To feed the demand, new farms that specialize in growing Asian vegetables are sprouting up, like Red Pocket Farm in Toronto.
fresh_produce  salads  gardening  Asian  immigrants  ethnic_communities 
june 2013 by jerryking
Wal-Mart expansion eggs on Canadian food fight
Apr. 24 2013 |The Globe and Mail | MARINA STRAUSS.

the most immediate threat isn’t so much the newest player, discounter Target Corp., which is getting a lot of attention as it opens its first stores here, but rather low-cost titan Wal-Mart Canada Corp. It has launched an aggressive $450-million expansion this year after snapping up former Zellers stores from Target, building up full food offerings in Wal-Mart supercentres while Target offers only a limited fresh food selection.....Ontario is ground zero for the fiercest food fight in years after Wal-Mart rushed last fall to open its new supercentres before Target rolled out its first 24 outlets in that province last month, with 100 more opening across the country in 2013.

An uncertain economy has put pressure on supermarkets such as Metro and industry leader Loblaw Cos. Ltd. to find new avenues of growth, including the burgeoning ethnic market.
...The grocers are also focused on improving their fresh offerings to serve as a key differentiator, investing in its distribution to ensure that products get to stores faster and stay fresh longer.

And they’re betting more on loyalty programs, trying to sway customers by offering them deals that are personalized for them, and in the process collect more data to monitor customer demands more precisely.
Marina_Strauss  food  retailers  ethnic_communities  Loblaws  supermarkets  Wal-Mart  Metro  grocery  Target  big-box 
may 2013 by jerryking
Going small the best route for cash-rich Metro
January 30, 2013 | G & M pg. B2 |by Sophie Cousineau.

Metro is a great operator with an outstanding track record. Its first-quarter results, which on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $121.4­ mil1ion compared with $103.7 ­million in the year earlier period, prove it yet again. Yet the Quebec grocery chain has had it relatively easy in recent years. Its main competitor, Loblaw, was its own worst enemy, struggling with its merchandising and its computer systems. Metro dominates the Quebec market with an estimated market share among conventional food distributors.

But the market is changing. WalMart Canada is expanding unreand Target is emerging as a formidable foe from the ruins of Zellers. To say that the competition is heating up is an understatement. These American retailers are shaking a Tabasco bottle over the Quebec and Ontario markets, dotting these provinces with super-sized stores and bountiful grocery aisles.

Target is not considered as serious as a menace as Wal­Mart. Many of Target's stores are located in shopping malls where Metro has exclusivity rights on the sale of food. Wal-­Mart, which started sending out food flyers to Quebec homes, is another story.
But even with an acquisition as important and as as Safeway’s, Metro could never “outscale” or even come close to it. And while Metro has two discount banners. its namesake stores don"t venture into price wars nor would they want to
go on the American retailers' turi war. By putting the accent on the freshest fruits and vegetables and the best shopping experience, Metro is taking a different tack from its American competitors.
Getting scale in the pharmacy business would make a lot more sense for Metro. As a pharmaceutical distributor and a drugstore operator under the Brunet banner, Metro is a regional Quebec player. Yet for there to be an acquisition, Metro needs a seller. While Jean Coutu Group Inc. is aging, the Coutu family has nevel expressed the slightest interest ir selling the business they control through multiple voting shares. Moreover, they are focusing their energy on Canada after retreating from the American market.
supermarkets  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  retailers  price_wars  pharmacies  grocery  ethnic_communities  scaling  Jean_Coutu  Wal-Mart  Target  Metro  competitive_landscape  Sophie_Cousineau  merchandising  shopping_malls 
january 2013 by jerryking
A Place Called Heaven_pgs. 82-83
1996 | Cecil Foster

Progress will come only through economic independence, the Chief Justice argues, because only then will Blacks be free of the control of other groups. Only then will they be beyond hoping that some politician will appoint one of them to some top job, even as chief justice. Blacks start having clout only when they take greater pride in their identity and work together, when they stop being distrustful of one another because they, too, might have bought into the negative stereotypes other groups have spread about Africans and descendants. “There is a complete absence of influence in matters that affect us as a community, as a people. An inability to lend a helping hand to brothers and sisters in need." the Chief Justice explains in the interview. Julius Isaac chooses his words carefully. pondering every question and occasionally pausing mid-sentence to reflect on what he is saying. "The last time l was in Toronto. l met a Jamaican fellow who told me that he owns a factory where he employs about 50 West Indians, and l thought that he is a unique individual. That is the sort of thing l am talking about: to have the ability to help and to influence the matters that affect our lives. We are at the mercy of other people in the community. You look around at the way in which the society is organized, and for want of a better word, you realize that it is organized on a tribal basis and that each tribe is vying for economic stability. ,I in order to ensure that matters that concern members of that tribe are disposed of in the most advantageous way. We are not able to do that. That is the nutshell of my thinking."
Part of the problem rests with society and the way it is organized. But Blacks must also take their share of the blame, he says. "We do not have the sharpened, acquisitive instinct. lf it is sharpened, it is in a very marginal way that affects a family or an individual. We haven't been able as a community in Canada to acquire significant pools of capital to put at the disposal of the community for its development. l think that is where the focus should be."
African_Canadians  capital_accumulation  capital_formation  distrust  disunity  economic_clout  economic_empowerment  economic_nationalism  ethnic_communities  judges  mindsets  self-reliance  self-determination  strategic_thinking  tribes  trustworthiness 
january 2013 by jerryking
A Recipe to Enhance Innovation - NYTimes.com
By CHRYSTIA FREELAND
Published: November 15, 2012

it is worth thinking hard about how to make diverse teams effective, and how people who straddle two cultural worlds can succeed....In “Connecting the Dots Within: Creative Performance and Identity Integration,” Chi-Ying Cheng, of Singapore Management University, Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and Fiona Lee, also at the University of Michigan, argue that ethnic minorities, and women in male-dominated professions, are most creative when they have found a way to believe that their “multiple and conflicting social identities are compatible.”... Their conclusion was that people who have found a way to reconcile their two identities — Asian-Americans, for example, or women who work in male-dominated jobs like engineering — are the best at finding creative solutions to problems..... In other words, if the world around us tells us our dual identities are compatible, we will believe that, and act accordingly. If female engineers work in a company that treats their gender as a virtue, they will do better. If Asian-Americans live in a community that celebrates both aspects of their identity, they will be more effective.

America’s rainbow coalition won at the ballot box this month, but in other settings, the nation has become a little weary of diversity-cheering movements like multiculturalism and even explicit feminism. Dr. Cheng’s work suggests that cynicism may be misplaced. Diversity can work, but we have to work at it.
Chrystia_Freeland  demographic_changes  ethnic_communities  diversity  cross-cultural  books  teams  innovation  connecting_the_dots  dual-consciousness  heterogeneity 
december 2012 by jerryking
Time for Strategic Planning in the African Canadian Community
November 21, 2007 | PRIDE | Israelin Shockness.

"However, through collective action and some sacrifice, they are able to accomplish a great deal, because they are showing, not telling, the children and youth how they should live" "As a community, we have to think strategically, seeing each other as co-workers and not as competitors, and seeing the children and your in our community as our children and youth, and not as Mr. Jone's children or Ms. Rose's kids."
African_Canadians  co-workers  collective_action  distrust  disunity  ethnic_communities  institutions  institution-building  rivalries  sacrifice  strategic_thinking  strategic_planning  support_systems  Toronto 
november 2012 by jerryking
Rise of the Tiger Nation: Asian-American Success - WSJ.com
October 27, 2012 |WSJ| By LEE SIEGEL.

Rise of the Tiger Nation
Asian-Americans are now the country's best-educated, highest-earning and fastest-growing racial group. They share with American Jews both the distinction and the occasional burden of immigrant success.
ethnic_communities  movingonup  Asian-Americans 
october 2012 by jerryking
Grocery Niches to Improve Your Profit Picture
September 2006 | Canadian Grocer | Rob Standish.

In future, grocers will go big, go value, go niche...or go away.
niches  grocery  supermarkets  ethnic_communities  organic  beverages 
august 2012 by jerryking
Europe’s Lycamobile plans Canadian foray - The Globe and Mail
Jul. 23 2012 | The Globe and Mail | by Rita Trichur.
European telecommunications provider Lycamobile is planning to shake up Canada’s $18-billion wireless market with a new service aimed at immigrants and other ethnic consumers who regularly talk and text with family and friends living overseas.
telecommunications  globalization  wireless  immigrants  ethnic_communities  MVNOs 
july 2012 by jerryking
Business Schools Short on Diversity - WSJ.com
July 4, 2012 | WSJ | By MELISSA KORN.
Business Schools Short on Diversity
Asian-Americans, Statistically Overrepresented, Can Mask the Levels of Underrepresented Minorities
business_schools  diversity  MBAs  ethnic_communities  under-representation 
july 2012 by jerryking
Slave Trade Map & African-American Ancestry
Feb 27, 1994 by Kwame Akono Bandele
This information comes from Philip D. Curtin's book, The Atlantic Slave Trade, (1969), p. 221. Obviously, this is not the only version available, but Curtin is a heavyweight on the subject (along with W.E.B. DuBois, R.R. Kuczynski, E. Donnan, Davies, H.S. Klein, etc.) and I like the way the data is presented:
mapping  slavery  Africa  African-Americans  ancestry  ethnic_communities  books 
july 2012 by jerryking
The rise and fall of the ethnic mall - The Globe and Mail
DAKSHANA BASCARAMURTY

The Globe and Mail

Last updated Friday, Jun. 15 2012
Toronto  ethnic_communities  retailers  shopping_malls  GTA 
june 2012 by jerryking
TD Taps Canada's Mosaic for Growth
28 February 2006 | The Globe and Mail | Sinclair Stewart
TD_Bank  ethnic_communities  immigrants  banking  banks 
march 2012 by jerryking
Exotic vegetables coming soon from a farmer near you - The Globe and Mail
Jan. 05, 2012 | Globe & Mail | Rita Trichur.

One estimate pegs domestic sales of exotic vegetables at roughly $800-million a year. The bulk of that produce is imported from the Caribbean, South America and Asia. But with demand booming, Canadian farmers have a fresh incentive to carve out a meaningful slice of that market by diversifying their crops.

Although cooler Canadian climates can present a production challenge, scientists spearheading world crop research at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre near Niagara Falls, Ont., say a surprising number of exotic vegetables can be successfully grown across the country.
vegetables  ethnic_communities  demographic_changes  farming  agriculture  food  Wal-Mart  Sobeys  immigrants  Loblaws 
january 2012 by jerryking
FT.com / Companies / US & Canada - Wal-Mart presses suppliers on diversity
By Jonathan Birchall in New York

February 20 2007 22:05 | Last updated: February 20 2007

The initiative follows a drive by Wal-Mart’s legal department – which generates about $200m of business for outside firms annually – to pressure its outside counsel to give more prominence to women and ethnic minorities in key decision-making positions on its account.

The programme led the retailer to take away business from two law firms that failed to meet its objectives, and to stop giving new business to several others.

It also mirrors a similar push by Wal-Mart on environmental issues, as chief executive Lee Scott, seeks to remake the company’s corporate image.

Wal-Mart’s reputation on diversity continues to be overshadowed by a pending class action law suit filed in 2001 that accuses the company of systematically discriminating against its women workers. Wal-Mart rejects the charges made in the suit.
ethnic_communities  visible_minorities  Wal-Mart  supply_chains  diversity  Jonathan_Birchall  inhouse  systemic_discrimination  law_firms  supply_chain_squeeze  class_action_lawsuits  outside_counsel 
november 2011 by jerryking
When we fear to speak our minds on black and white
Thorsell, William. The Globe and Mail [Toronto, Ont] 18 Nov 2002: .19.

Canada is a famously functional multicultural society, at least in the ambience of its major cities. It is our habit to celebrate the delightful variations in dress, cuisine, rituals and appearances that grace our major cities, and why not? They provide interest and sensual pleasure to an otherwise predictable landscape, however fleeting such pleasures may be.

Of more significance are the varied sensibilities among these communities -- loyalty, altruism, ethics. We often express admiration for the particular strengths of certain communities, evident in the success of their children in universities or their eminence in certain economic fields (construction, small business, security). On these grounds of observation, we are usually safe from charges of racism.

But if multiculturalism justifies happy observations about collective virtues, it must logically sustain generalizations about social vices, too. And, of course, it does -- in private. Only the dumbest hypocrite would deny holding attitudes that are less than flattering about various communities within our midst.
racism  ethnic_communities  ProQuest  multiculturalism  William_Thorsell  race_relations  Canada  Jamaicans  political_correctness 
october 2011 by jerryking
Here’s why Stephen Harper really won
May. 05, 2011 |The Globe and Mail |MARGARET WENTE.

the Conservatives won because they did the sorts of things the Liberals used to do. They built broad coalitions among disparate groups. Take the so-called ethnic vote. When the Liberals courted new Canadians, it was smart. When the Conservatives do it, it’s sleazy. During the campaign, the CBC assembled countless panels of ethnic people to express their disgust at this condescending and divisive tactic. Amazingly, however, ethnic voters seemed glad to have important cabinet ministers show up in their ridings. They liked the focus on stability and a strong economy. Besides, the Liberals hadn’t been around for years.

The Conservatives’ years of efforts paid off spectacularly. To get results like that, you need a long-term strategy, passion, and someone willing to drink 15,000 cups of tea. The Liberals no longer have any of those things.
Margaret_Wente  Stephen_Harper  elections  Conservative_Party  ethnic_communities  long-term 
october 2011 by jerryking
Galleon Chief’s Web of Friends Proved Crucial to Scheme
MAY 11, 2011| NYT | by PETER LATTMAN AND AZAM AHMED. What made
Rajaratnam stand out was not his proprietary computer models nor his
skills in security analysis. Instead, colleagues marveled at the deep
set of contacts he had cultivated inside Silicon Valley executive suites
and on Wall Street trading floors.

Many of Mr. Rajaratnam’s tipsters came from the South Asian immigrant
community, a relatively small group of Indians, Pakistanis and Sri
Lankans who over the past several decades have made their mark in
finance and technology. ... .All these contacts formed the core of
Rajaratnam’s vast information network. From his office on Madison
Avenue, Rajaratnam collected data about technology companies and then
swapped it with sources across the globe. He spoke of getting an edge to
beat the stock market, and for Mr. Rajaratnam, that edge was
information.
insider_trading  hedge_funds  slight_edge  South_Asia  social_networking  immigrants  ethnic_communities  Raj_Rajaratnam 
may 2011 by jerryking
Kraft calls on star chefs to capture immigrant market - The Globe and Mail
Apr. 12, 2011 |G&M | WENCY LEUNG. Major North American food
companies have been expanding their overseas mkts. for decades. But
targeting ethnic consumers on home turf is still relatively uncharted
territory. Industry analysts say that’s changing, as shifting
demographics in Canada force mainstream food companies to recognize new
growth opportunities among domestic minority groups. Last yr, Campbell
Canada launched a new line of halal-certified soups to cater to a
growing population of Muslim Canadians. This past February, the
country’s largest grocer, Loblaw, appointed a new president with
extensive knowledge of Asian markets. Following Loblaw’s 2009 purchase
of Asian supermarket chain T&T, the company’s appointment of Vicente
Trius as president underscores its intention to attract diverse
customers.As Loblaw exec. chair. Galen Weston said at the appointment,
Mr. Trius “has an understanding of Asian retail, South Asian retail and
what constitutes a great way to grab those customers.”
Kraft  ethnic_communities  immigrants  Loblaws  demographic_changes  uncharted_problems  food  retailers  product_launches  chefs 
april 2011 by jerryking
Put out the welcome sign for immigrants
Nov 3, 2010 / Financial Times pg. 14 / Luke Johnson. Importing
human capital generates wealth. They bring ideas - and often financial capital - and force us to raise our game to compete. Throughout history, those who would expel or persecute industrious communities - like Nazi Germany and the Jews, Idi Amin's Uganda and Asians - have been the big
losers. What we need is brainpower and willpower - they are the greatest
natural resources. Migrants are a self-selecting minority and tend to
be young and enterprising. We should continue to make our country
attractive to arrivals from all over the world who want to start a
business.
ProQuest  Luke_Johnson  human_capital  wealth_creation  self-selecting  migrants  immigrants  immigration  ethnic_communities  willpower  expulsions  displacement  persecution  Uganda  Idi_Amin  brainpower  South_Asians  natural_resources 
november 2010 by jerryking
Toronto’s angry (non-white)voters
Oct. 27, 2010 | Nat. Post | Editorial. Mr. Ford’s victory
represents more than just a backlash against busybody govt. & big
spending: It represents a potential right-turn in the voting patterns of
Canada’s immigrant communities.
Notwithstanding what Ford’s opponents & their Toronto Star echo
chamber wanted voters to believe, white men aren’t the only Torontonians
in an angry mood: 47% of voters marked the ballot for a candidate who
promised to “stop the gravy train”...Most newcomers don’t dwell on
making Toronto “inclusive,” or alternative art exhibits or publicly
funded ethnic festivals. They are busy working long hrs. to feed their
children & put a roof over their heads. They don’t sympathize with
“fair wage” policies that pay inflated prices to keep unions happy, at
the expense of taxpayers who get by on mkt. wages. You only had to walk
through Ford’s victory party— as one editorial board member did on
Monday night — to see how the city’s electoral allegiances are changing.
Rob_Ford  mayoral  Toronto  diversity  immigrants  voting  ethnic_communities  editorials  echo_chambers  white_men 
october 2010 by jerryking
A few frank words about immigration - The Globe and Mail
Oct. 07, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | Margaret Wente. The
prevailing narrative is that if immigrants are doing badly, the fault
must be ours. They’re held back by subtle discrimination, we don’t
recognize their credentials and so on. No doubt there’s some truth in
this. But the greater truth is that making a go of it in a
postindustrial knowledge-based economy isn’t easy. Success depends on
sophisticated language and communication skills – along with knowledge
of local networks – that many newer immigrants never acquire. And their
kids? Their success depends largely on “ethnic capital,” a culture that
values education and expects kids to excel. Kids from cultures with lots
of ethnic capital do vastly better than kids from cultures that have
little.
immigration  Margaret_Wente  ethnic_communities  social_capital 
october 2010 by jerryking
Incubator For New Jewish Ideas Bullish
Apr 3, 2009 | The New York Jewish Week Vol. 221, Iss. 45; pg. 12, 2 pgs| Tamar Snyder
economic_downturn  incubators  Jewish  economic_development  social_capital  start_ups  Toronto  ethnic_communities 
november 2009 by jerryking
Start And Stop For Jewish Startups?
Feb 20, 2009 | The New York Jewish Week. Vol. 221, Iss. 39; pg. 12, 2 pgs | Tamar Snyder
start_ups  economic_downturn  Jewish  Toronto  economic_development  ethnic_communities 
november 2009 by jerryking
'We looked around and we saw the ceiling'
Jan. 15, 2007 | Globe & Mail | by ANTHONY REINHART. The
Toronto area is Canada's capital of diversity, with visible minorities
expected to form more than half the population within a decade. Yet new
research suggests visible minorities are feeling less connected to
Canada, and the next generation seems to feel even less of a bond with
the country. "Job opportunities come up based on who you know, based on
networks," Mr. Dhanani says. "It's a self-reinforcing structure right
now, and that's why the visible minorities who break through are
celebrated in their communities."
Toronto  visible_minorities  alienation  social_networking  job_opportunities  Ismailis  self-employment  glass_ceilings  immigrants  ethnic_communities 
october 2009 by jerryking
Jewish Chamber of Commerce - Jnnovate - Demo Camp
Example of specific, ethnic community-based economic
development. This speaks to the idea of the city of Toronto investing
in social capital.
Toronto  social_capital  Jewish  economic_development  ethnic_communities  community-based 
september 2009 by jerryking
Race, culture and equality
June 18, 1998 | Forbes magazine | Dr. Thomas Sowell. This
article was adapted from a speech made by Dr. Sowell at the Commonwealth
Club of California in San Francisco. Comments on how common huge
disparities in income and wealth have been for centuries, in countries
around the world. Some of these disparities have been among racial or
ethnic groups, some among nations, and some among regions, continents or
whole civilizations.
Thomas_Sowell  disparities  achievement_gaps  income_distribution  inequality  racial_disparities  ethnic_communities 
april 2009 by jerryking
The Diaspora of Ethnic Economies: Beyond the Pale?
The Diaspora of Ethnic Economies: Beyond the Pale?
Journal article by Lan Cao; William and Mary Law Review, Vol. 44, 2003

The author explains why ethnic economies have not been comprehensively addressed in U.S. legal scholarship.
Diaspora  economic_development  ethnic_communities  Joel_Kotkin  entrepreneurship 
february 2009 by jerryking
Social capital and co-leadership in ethnic enterprises in Canada
Sylvie Paré, Teresa V. Menzies, Louis Jacques Filion, Gabrielle
A. Brenner. Journal of Enterprising Communities. Bradford: 2008. Vol.
2, Iss. 1; pg. 52

Purpose - To identify the influence of ethnicity and ethnic social
capital on entrepreneurial practices such as the co-direction of a firm,
and more particularly on aspects of venture creation, management, and
business development.
social_capital  ethnic  business  ethnic_communities  trustworthiness 
february 2009 by jerryking
Facing diversity
Chrystia Freeland. FT.com. London: Dec 14, 2007. pg. 1
Harvard professor Robert Putnam's work on the impact of diversity on
community values, published this summer in the journal Scandinavian
Political Studies. Putnam found that living in diverse communities makes
us worse neighbours and citizens: "Immigration and ethnic diversity
tend to reduce social solidarity and social capital...Trust (even of
one's own race) is lower, altruism and community cooperation rarer,
friends fewer," he writes.
trustworthiness  business  ethnic  immigration  ethnic_communities  Chrystia_Freeland  diversity  Scandanavian  social_cohesion 
february 2009 by jerryking
City of silk: Ethnicity and business trust in Surat City, India
by Menning, Garrett John, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996, 447 pages; AAT 9724587
trustworthiness  business  ethnic_communities  ethnic 
february 2009 by jerryking
Five grand challenges for library research
Michael K Buckland. Library Trends. Urbana: Spring 2003. Vol.
51, Iss. 4; pg. 675

LIBRARY COMMUNITIES: HOW DO COMMUNITIES DIFFER?

There is a long-established tradition of library research on the
communities being served, especially of demographic factors associated
with library use or nonuse. In several other fields there has been
increased interest in the study of communities. Examples include the
mapping of social networks, analysis of ethnic Diasporas, and the
formation of virtual communities over the Internet. It would be
interesting to see whether the analysis of library-related communities
could now be advanced by drawing on these newer forms of community
analysis and also by incorporating some related library phenomena.
social_networking  Diaspora  ethnic_communities  analysis  mapping  libraries 
february 2009 by jerryking

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