Opinion: Remittances May Rebound to Pre-Recession Levels

Demographics, Economy, Environment, In the News May 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

The Carib News delivered some cautiously optimistic economic news for immigrants and the countries they hail from last week: “Based on early indications, remittances to the Caribbean and Latin America from the United States are on a decided growth path that’s likely to continue for several years to come.”

Census estimates show that among children under the age of 1, minority babies made up 50.4 percent.

Editorial: As ‘Minorities’ Become the New Majority, a List of Demands

Demographics, In the News, Opinion May 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm

After a Census release last week revealed that there are now more non-white babies in America than white babies, Kelly Virella at Dominion of NY offered a satirical take on the news, headlined: “Now That Our Kids Are the Majority, These Are Our Demands.”

Students from PS 208 performing Brazilian Dance during the Drums Along the Hudson festival in 2011.  (Photo by Joseph Rodman / DNAinfo)

Voices in Focus: After Payout in NYPD Brutality Case, Couple Remains Defiant

Crime, Demographics May 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

The Brooklyn couple who just received a $360,000 settlement in their police brutality lawsuit against the NYPD speak out; Colorlines connects new Census numbers showing that white babies are now the minority with Alabama’s harsh immigration law; and previews of this weekend’s Malcolm X day celebration and a dance festival in Inwood.

(Photo from World Journal)

As Asian Population Booms, Chinatown Struggles

Demographics, Economy, Featured Posts April 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

New York City’s Asian-American neighborhoods are struggling with problems that include gentrification, generic commercial development and the shuttering of iconic local businesses, according to a panel of community leaders and professors who gathered last week.

Nohemi Ixmata and her children, Yulmi y Aarón. She is from the Altiplano (highlands) of Guatemala and came to Bensonhurst nine years ago. (Photo by Carmen Molina-Tamacas/EDLP)

A ‘Little Guatemala’ Emerges in Bensonhurst

Demographics, Immigration April 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

El Diario La Prensa introduces us to a Guatemalan enclave in the southeastern corner of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where family, traditions and religion take the lead.

Representative Edolphus Towns of Brooklyn will not seek a 16th term in Congress. (Photo via Our Time Press)

As a Neighborhood Changes, Will it Still Be ‘Bed-Stuy, Do or Die’?

Demographics, Politics April 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

With the retirement of Representative Edolphus Towns, one of Brooklyn’s iconic black neighborhoods — Bedford-Stuyvesant — is at a crossroads. As the area gentrifies, its residents must make a choice between two politicians who represent different aspects of Brooklyn.

Crystal Roman, an Afro-Puerto Rican actress, said she has had trouble landing roles because of her multiracial background. (Photo by Dervedia Thomas/Amsterdam News)

Despite Racism in Latino Culture, Afro-Latinas Embrace Their Heritage

Caribbean, Demographics, Dominican April 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Racism within Latino culture against people of African ancestry has persisted for quite some time, but many Afro-Latinas are expressing a new pride in their African and Hispanic ancestry, Amsterdam News reports.

Lower East Side representatives at this year's Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown; Nydia Velazquez, Sheldon Silver, Margaret Chin, Daniel Squadron. (Photo via The Lo-Down)

After the Battle: Redistricting, District by District

Demographics, Politics April 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

With New York’s redistricting complete, several ethnic and community papers ran articles parsing the final district lines. Here’s a sampling.

The talk show host and Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera is "Jewyorican," in that he is half Jewish and half Puerto Rican. (Photo by Annie Correal/ EDLP)

‘Jewyorican’ and Proud in New York City

Culture, Demographics, Puerto Rican March 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

El Diario La Prensa explored the “Jewyorican” phenomenon of half Jewish, half Puerto Rican New Yorkers.

The actor Gbenga Akinnagbe has been active in the movement against police stop-and-frisk practices. (Photo via The Brooklyn Rail)

Voices in Focus: Alternatives to Stop-and-Frisk

Crime, Demographics March 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

The ongoing controversy over the New York City Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” practices came to the fore again last week after Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly challenged critics of the practice to come up with their own approaches to reducing crime. Several community and ethnic outlets sought responses to Kelly’s questions.

On Saturday, community leaders and activists spoke to a packed house at an event in Parkchester commemorating 41 years of Bangladeshi independence from Pakistan. (Photo by Rachel Sapin)

Voices in Focus: A South Asian American Population Explosion

Demographics, Politics March 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

A celebration of Bangladeshi independence in The Bronx; local and national South Asian demographic shifts in the last decade; an organizing hub for the “Save the G Train” campaign; and more frustrations over the term “Polish death camps.”