Jacob Lewin http://klcc.org en "Why Aren't There More Blacks in Oregon?" http://klcc.org/post/why-arent-there-more-blacks-oregon <p>This month marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. We celebrate it at a time when Oregon's population is not quite two-percent African-American.&nbsp; A Portland State University professor is criss-crossing the state asking this provocative question: Why aren't there more blacks in Oregon?</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:27:27 +0000 Jacob Lewin 17880 at http://klcc.org "Why Aren't There More Blacks in Oregon?" Quinceaneras: Not Just a Big Party http://klcc.org/post/quinceaneras-not-just-big-party <p></p><p></p><p>It is a colorful ritual that many Latinos brought with them when they immigrated to Oregon, and it is now more popular than ever. Quinceaneras celebrate the 15th birthday of Latino girls, but they are much more than just a big party.</p><p>Ileana Torres is being fitted for her quinceanera dress (zipper sound) at a Salem shop that specializes in them.&nbsp; Quinceaneras once were a way to present girls as ready for marriage. Now they're a rite of passage when, at the age of 15 girls, like Ileana, are expected to take on more responsibility:</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:04:13 +0000 Jacob Lewin 17752 at http://klcc.org Quinceaneras: Not Just a Big Party What Happens to the Health of Latinos When They Migrate to Oregon http://klcc.org/post/what-happens-health-latinos-when-they-migrate-oregon <p>It's called the Latino Paradox. It's what happens to the health of Latinos after they migrate from Mexico and other Latin American countries to Oregon.&nbsp; KLCC's Jacob Lewin has the latest in our ongoing series on health disparities amongst Latinos:</p><p>An ironic thing happens to immigrants when they come from relatively resource-poor Central American countries to the resource-rich U.S, according to Alberto Moreno of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition:</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 04:44:21 +0000 Jacob Lewin 15416 at http://klcc.org What Happens to the Health of Latinos When They Migrate to Oregon Oregon's Biggest Casino Nets Big Fish http://klcc.org/post/oregons-biggest-casino-nets-big-fish <p>The spring chinook salmon fishing season is now underway in Oregon. Lots of Oregonians take salmon fishing seriously, but possibly none take it as seriously as the tribes of Grand Ronde, a group that's had a role in restoring the health of the fish that's become a symbol of the Northwest.</p><p>In a way, the journey of some salmon starts here....</p><p>(Sounds of casino)</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:17:15 +0000 Jacob Lewin 14870 at http://klcc.org Oregon's Biggest Casino Nets Big Fish Oregon Latinos Face Bigger Problems with Alcohol http://klcc.org/post/oregon-latinos-face-bigger-problems-alcohol <p>Compared to other Oregonians, a lot of Latinos in Oregon don't drink alcohol. Yet those who do drink face bigger problems. Some of the reasons are cultural.&nbsp; This is the latest in KLCC's series on health disparities amongst Oregon Latinos.</p><p>(Mariachi music)</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 03:58:31 +0000 Jacob Lewin 13968 at http://klcc.org Oregon Latinos Face Bigger Problems with Alcohol HIV Cases Rise Amongst Oregon Latinos http://klcc.org/post/hiv-cases-rise-amongst-oregon-latinos <p>The number of H-I-V cases in Oregon is declining, but not amongst Latinos.&nbsp; They are twice as likely to contract the virus as non-Hispanic whites.&nbsp; This is the first in an ongoing series on Latino health disparities in Oregon:</p><p>"Buenos días.&nbsp; Mi nombre es Diana Herrera......"</p><p>Twice a month, dozens of Latinos from throughout Oregon come to the Mexican consulate in Portland to see about documentation.&nbsp; They also get a primer on HIV and AIDS and an HIV test if they want one:</p><p>"A empezar el timbre...lista?..."</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:15:34 +0000 Jacob Lewin 12172 at http://klcc.org HIV Cases Rise Amongst Oregon Latinos Fatal Tsunami Hit Oregon Coast 50 Years Ago http://klcc.org/post/fatal-tsunami-hit-oregon-coast-50-years-ago <p>This week marks 50 years since a lethal tsunami hit Oregon's shores. A lot has changed since then.</p><p>Fifty years ago, here at Beverly Beach, on a star-lit night, the McKenzie family, from Tacoma, was camping in a lean-to. A tsunami took away their children. A magnitude nine quake off Alaska in 1964 generated a series of waves that grew dramatically higher as they reached the coast four hours later.&nbsp; In Cannon Beach, the downtown was flooded and houses floated away.&nbsp; Peter Lindsey watched from high ground:</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:03:59 +0000 Jacob Lewin 10374 at http://klcc.org Fatal Tsunami Hit Oregon Coast 50 Years Ago Converting Grass Seed To Grain In The Willamette Valley http://klcc.org/post/converting-grass-seed-grain-willamette-valley <p></p><p></p><p>When grass seed prices crashed in 2008, a group of Willamette Valley farmers decided to switch part of their production to food crops.&nbsp; Now, not only are their results successful, but they may be laying the foundation for a different kind of food economy in Oregon.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:05:47 +0000 Jacob Lewin 7112 at http://klcc.org Converting Grass Seed To Grain In The Willamette Valley Corvallis Group Tries to Narrow the Achievement Gap http://klcc.org/post/corvallis-group-tries-narrow-achievement-gap <p>The number of Latinos in Oregon schools has reached 22-percent, but an achievement gap between Latinos and whites stubbornly continues. A program in Corvallis may be having some success in improving outcomes for Latino students.</p><p></p><p>Over tacos, a group of parents and peer facilitators draw up a list of obstacles to going to college.&nbsp; First is money, then motivation, and then teen pregnancy.&nbsp; Although they are talking about college, this is a group of parents of elementary school kids being taught the skills they need to be more involved:</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:43:21 +0000 Jacob Lewin 5248 at http://klcc.org Corvallis Group Tries to Narrow the Achievement Gap 20 Years Later, NAFTA's Dramatic Impact on Oregon http://klcc.org/post/20-years-later-naftas-dramatic-impact-oregon-1 <p>Twenty years ago this month President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law.&nbsp; Few foresaw that it would change the face of Oregon.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:25:10 +0000 Jacob Lewin 4004 at http://klcc.org 20 Years Later, NAFTA's Dramatic Impact on Oregon