Was anybody else offended by the not-very-subtle onslaught of sexist, racist, homophobic and anti-semitic "jokes" at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night?
A new poll by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) finds that nearly half of U.S. Latinos feel that their country is too supportive of Israel. The findings also suggest high levels of anti-Semitism exist in the U.S. Latino community.
"Ana," a Catholic Latina nanny working for a Jewish family in Studio City, was afraid to ask her employers whether she could buy a holiday gift for their young son. She was torn between wanting to give the child a present and worrying about insulting the family. Like many foreigners, Ana (not her real name) was unsure of proper holiday protocol.
"It's hard for these women to know where to draw the line," said Davina Klein, who teaches a class at Adat Ari El in North Hollywood for Latina nannies working for Jewish families. "They don't want to ask questions because they don't want to rock the boat. I think that comes from a different mentality."
Even a casual viewer of KTLA's "Morning News" knows this much about co-anchor Giselle Fernandez: she's informed, attractive and very proud of her Latina and Jewish culture.
Since she joined the breezy, ratings-leading Channel 5 newscast in October to replace founding co-anchor Barbara Beck, Fernandez -- who helms the 7 and 8 a.m. editions with Carlos Amezcua -- has felt at home on the multiethnic program. She has found a place on television where her ethnic beauty and her dual heritage are actually an asset.