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Photo: Century-old photo of Hong Yen Chang

"This is a historic moment for all Chinese Americans in California because a terrible wrong has been righted today by the California Supreme Court," said Rachelle Chong, a California lawyer and a grandniece of Hong Yen Chang (Photo courtesy of the Ah Tye family)

Righting ‘a terrible wrong’

More than a century after Hong Yen Chang was denied a license to practice law in California on the basis of laws that discriminated against Chinese immigrants, the Supreme Court of California has granted him posthumous admission to the bar, thanks to the efforts of UC Davis School of Law students.

Students in the law school's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association petitioned the court last year on behalf of Chang, pointing out that the laws that prevented him from practicing as an attorney have been discredited and repealed and asking the court to "right this historic wrong."

In a March 16 opinion that includes "a candid reckoning with a sordid chapter of our state and national history," the court granted Chang posthumous admission as an attorney and counselor in all California courts.

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Secondhand smog: Scientists determine amount of ozone pollution drifting to California from overseas

Approximately 10 percent of ozone pollution in California’s San Joaquin Valley is estimated to be coming from outside of the state’s borders, particularly from Asia, according to preliminary research presented today, March 31, by the University of California, Davis. Secondhand smog from…

Sea change: What took decades to destroy in oceans took millennia to recover

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Ocean ecosystems that experience rapid upheaval because of climate change can take thousands of years to recover, according to an examination of fossilized ocean fauna on the seafloor by the University of California, Davis. The study, published online March 30 in the Early Edition of the journal…

UC Davis gets grant to look at open access to scholarship

The University of California, Davis, University Library and the California Digital Library will lead a major new project, with an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to help define the future of open access to scholarship. “Pay It Forward: Investigating a Sustainable Model…

‘Refuge’ for the endangered Delta smelt — newly funded

Delta smelt are hard to find. Federally listed as threatened in 1993 and as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act in 2009, they are an iconic species for water issues in the state. But there’s one place where the fish can be found by the thousands — the UC Davis Fish…

Wine tasting, tour part of conference on Chinese alcoholic beverages

Chinese wine tasting and a tour of the world's most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly winery will be part of a UC Davis conference on the history and modern appreciation of Chinese alcoholic beverages, or "jiu." "Understanding Jiu: The History and Culture of Alcoholic Beverages…

UC Davis tax experts for media

The following faculty are available to comment to the media as tax deadlines approach in April. Financial reporting  Michelle Yetman, associate professor of management in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, researches financial reporting quality, governance and taxation with a…

Milk protein comparison unveils nutritional gems for developing babies

Baby macaque monkey in its mother's arms

Human babies appear to need more of a nutritional boost from breast-milk proteins than do infants of one of their closest primate relatives, suggests a study comparing human milk with the milk of rhesus macaque monkeys. The research team, led by the University of California, Davis, came to this…

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine ranks No. 1; professional schools, graduate programs rank among nation's best

U.S. News & World Report has recognized the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis, as the nation’s best veterinary school. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, scheduled for release online March 10, also recognized many of UC…

Hildreth to leave UC Davis, assume presidency of Tennessee medical college

James E.K. Hildreth, dean of the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, has announced his resignation from the university effective June 30, 2015, leaving to become president of Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. Hildreth, who joined the university in 2011, is an active researcher and also a…