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World Press Freedom Day (May 3)
Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
The Cinco de Mayo ("Fifth of May") holiday is observed annually in the United States. The festivity honors the Mexican heritage of a growing number of U.S. citizens, with a focus on Mexico’s distinctive cuisine, folk dances, colorful costumes and music.

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed on May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration

2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners
The Pulitzers are awarded each April by the trustees of Columbia University, on the recommendations of an advisory board composed of journalists, art and literary critics, cultural specialists and others. The prizes are funded through a bequest left by Joseph Pulitzer — an early
20th-century newspaper publisher — to the university trustees.

Authors of Young-Adult Books Reflect on Issues of Race
Does race matter? The concept of a ?post-racial? society is popular, but America’s youth, lacking memories of racial segregation and integration, offer unique perspectives. To capture a snapshot of those views, posed questions to two authors of young-adult books about issues they explore in their work.

American Fortune Cookie
New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee is the author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food (2008) and maintains a “live-action blog” to go with her book, which traces the history of the fortune cookie.

In Focus: U.S.-UN Relations
Obama Administration Seeks Greater Involvement with U.N. The United States’ bid for a seat on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council is part of the Obama administration’s new focus on multilateral cooperation to grapple with tough issues, says Esther Brimmer, the new assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs.

Introducing: The New York Times Learning Network

Webcasts @ CO.NX: World Press Freedom - May 4, 5, 6, 7


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Updated: March 2009