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i'm Beam, that's my nickname... my first name is too hard to pronounce :p i'm thai [chinese ancestor XD, still got the look XD] and livin' in ottawa. will be attending first year at Carleton U and freaking out a bit since i have no idea which orientation to attend *_*... anywho, what's up y'all?! XD
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Save our Stateless Vietnamese in the Phillipines

E-mail from my friend Max:

In January of this year I helped start a lobby
group in Canada called SOS Viet-Phi (Save our Stateless Vietnamese in
the Philippines). There are currently some 2,000 Vietnamese
Boatpeople who escaped Communist Vietnam that landed in the
Philippines in 1989. They have been in stateless and abandoned
without any rights for the past 16 years, many of them have family and
relatives here in Canada. The US has promised it will resettle the
majority of these individuals later this year. I am working together
with other concerned individuals in Canada and worldwide to ask the
Canadian Government to help resettle 500 people, and do its part to
help close the book on this ongoing humanitarian tragedy.

Please go here to sign the petition:
http://www.sosvietphi.org

We now have over 15,000 signatures (hardcopy and electronic), and we
are well on our way to reaching our goal of 50,000. Please spare a
few minutes to sign this petition.

Thanks,
Max

PS - In March, Canada made the announcement that it would help 200
individuals. It is a great first step, but we are still pressing
Canada to help the (approximately) 300 that will remain after the US
makes its selections later this year.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/press/05/0506-e.html

March 26th 2005 - Coco Lee's new album "Exposed" banned in China.

CHINA - Coco Lee's new English album "Exposed" has been in the works for two years and was officially released in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China on the 25th. Soon after its release, record label Sony received an alarming notice from China announcing that the album is banned because of sexual lyrical content in the three tracks "So Good," "Touch," and "No Doubt." In addition, music videos for these singles were overtly sexual. Coco defends her work saying that the lyrical content is common. "'No Doubt' is about a girl who loves dancing. She uses dance to seduce a guy; 'Touch' is about remembering an old lover." Sony plans on releasing an altered version for the Mainland market with these three tracks lifted from the album. It should be available for sale within a week. Even though the album is officially banned, the lyrics and songs are still being broadcasted and sung in China. Coco explains, "The department that governs film in China is different from the department that governs music. Their policies are different. That's why the film department can broadcast and sing it, but the album cannot be sold." Coco was recently photographed kissing her boyfriend Bruce in public but vows she won't display too much public affection Source: ORIENTAL DAILY NEWS