Theresa Tran: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
1:43 made it here arrived here
3:07 French Colonialists France imposed colonial cominion over Vietnam from 1887-1954
4:40 Asian and Pacific Islander American the larger grouping of Americans whose roots are from either the Asian continent or the Pacific Island
5:24 racial demographics populations categorized by race
6:30 vote absentee receive a ballot in the mail, fill it out at home, and mail it back
7:01 jurisdiction official area of legal control
7:11 poll workers volunteers who stagg the voting places on election day
7:42 burgeoning growing rapidly, flourishing
7:47 threshold minimum limit
8:58 ballot initiatives yes-or-no ballot proposals about issues (rather than candidates) like school funding, taxation, zoning, etc.
10:07 become naturalized become American citizens
10:47 intimidation efforts to scare people
12:20 campus liaisons people who serve as connections at colleges
15:25 spoiled ballots ballots that are marked improperly and will not be counted

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