Post Tagged with: "World War II"

Participants in a silent march memorializing Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II, many of them survivors, gather in front of the Japanese-American United Church on Seventh Avenue. (Photo by Nomin  Ujiyediin for Voices of NY)

Japanese-Americans Mark WWII Order

Featured Posts, Government, History, Manhattan, Video February 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

A silent march, a series of speakers and an exhibit and performances marked the 75th anniversary of FDR’s executive order which resulted in the internment of 100,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II.

From the workshop presentation of “Shimmer” at the Edison Ballroom. (Photo courtesy of “Shimmer” via The Jewish Week)

When Jews Took Refuge in Shanghai

History, Jewish, Manhattan December 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

The musical “Shimmer,” recently staged in midtown Manhattan, tells the story of the more than 23,000 Jews who escaped to Shanghai during World War II, reports The Jewish Week.

Veteran K. Leung Woo (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

A Special New Year Gift to a Nonagenarian Chinese Veteran

East Asian, History, Manhattan January 6, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Sing Tao Daily traces how copies of a bilingual magazine, produced in Chinese and English by members of the 407th Air Service Squadron more than seven decades ago, returned to its editor, Chinese-American veteran K. Leung Woo, now 96.

Senator Charles Schumer attends the June 5 Philippine Independence Day Parade on Madison Avenue. With him are Philippine Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon Jr. (left) and parade organizer Dr. Prospero Lim. (Photo by Boyet Loverita via The FilAm)

Parole Program for Family of Filipino WWII Veterans

Government, History, New York, Southeast Asian June 10, 2016 at 11:48 am

Sen. Charles Schumer has unveiled a Department of Homeland Security program that lets some family members of Filipino veterans who served with the U.S. army during World War II to come to the U.S. while awaiting approval for their visas, reports The FilAm.

One of the signs held by Polish protesters who gathered in front of the BBC's New York office on Sixth Avenue to speak out against alleged defamation of Poland on the part of the broadcaster. (Photo by Witold Rosowski via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Protesters Allege BBC Defamation

Eastern European, History, Media November 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Nowy Dziennik reports that Polish protesters held a rally against the BBC in New York alleging the media company distorts Polish history in its programming, including a German TV mini-series that smears the soldiers of the Polish resistance movement in World War II.

Ambassador doesn't want the movie "Our Fathers, Our Mothers" to air in the U.S. (Photo via

Poles Take Issue with WWII Portrayals

Culture, Eastern European, In the News April 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

Two articles in Nowy Dziennik challenge the way Poles are portrayed in accounts of World War II when the country was occupied by the Nazis. The first takes issue with a movie, the second with a phrase in a newspaper article.

Yonghyeon Baik, who's Mending potted tree for his campaign.

Helping Hands and New Monument for Comfort Women

East Asian, History December 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

The controversial New Jersey memorial dedicated to the women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II, which Japanese officials tried to remove last May, has been the subject of several stories in the Korea Daily this month.

Comfort Women Poster (designed by Kyoungduk Seo)

Posters Seek to Raise Awareness of Comfort Women New York City

East Asian, History July 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm

A South Korean activist and eight Korean students distributed 2,500 posters in New York City commemorating the brutal World War II episode in which Asian women were forced into sexual slavery as “Comfort Women” for the Japanese army.

The first Comfort Women monument was erected in (Photo via Newsroh)

Koreans Defy Japanese With N.Y. ‘Comfort Women’ Monument

History, Politics June 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Just weeks after Japanese efforts to remove a monument to Korean “Comfort Women” in Palisades Park, N.J., a Korean-American organization has dedicated a similar monument on Long Island, to bring attention to the women’s plight and to protest what they see as Japanese efforts to deny that the episode occurred.

Juan Baten's daughter Daisy will now receive $300,000 from the owner of Tortilleria Chinantla, where her father Juan Baten was killed in the dough mixer January 2011. (Photo by Meredith Hoffman / DNAinfo)

Voices in Focus: $300K Settlement in Tortilla Factory Death

History, Politics June 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

A settlement in the death of a Guatemalan tortilla factory worker who fell into a dough mixer in 2011; more attention to the issue of Korean “Comfort Women” following the controversy over a monument in New Jersey; and views on young Latino political participation from both the left and the right.

Polish-Americans Debate Obama’s ‘Polish Death Camp’ Gaffe

History, In the News, Politics June 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

As was widely reported last week, a gaffe by President Barack Obama in which he referred to a “Polish death camp” infuriated Poles and Polish-Americans. Poles have argued that the phrase is misleading because camps such as Auschwitz and Treblinka were run by Germany. New York’s Polish community was abuzz about the incident, The Polish-language newspaper Nowy Dziennik reported.

‘Comfort Women’ Monument Controversy Comes to Queens

‘Comfort Women’ Monument Controversy Comes to Queens

History, Politics May 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Even as the controversy rages over a monument in New Jersey commemorating the wartime rape of Korean “Comfort Women” by the Japanese army in World War II, plans for a similar monument in Queens are in the works, the Queens Chronicle reported.

Japanese officials tried to remove the Comfort Women monument in Palisades Park, N.J. (photo by Steve Chong)

Japanese Efforts to Remove N.J. ‘Comfort Women’ Monument Backfire

History, In the News May 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

A Japanese effort to get a New Jersey town to remove its monument to Korean “Comfort Women” who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese army during World War II has galvanized Korean-American organizations, who have now stepped forward and vowed to build many more memorials.

Photo via New York Ilbo

Japanese Effort to Remove N.J. ‘Comfort Women’ Monument Angers Koreans

History, Politics May 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Efforts by Japanese government officials to remove the first U.S. monument to the Asian women forced into sexual slavery by Japan’s army during World War II has infuriated Koreans. New Jersey town officials say that Japanese legislators offered library books and trees in return for removing a monument to the “Comfort Women.”

Profile: A Reluctant Hero Turns 90

Profile: A Reluctant Hero Turns 90

History, Religion April 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

As he prepared to turn 90 yesterday, Kew Gardens resident Fred Friedman finally opened up about his daring adventures to save Jews during World War II by disguising himself as a non-Jew, and as a member of the Gestapo.