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The Koryo Saram of NYC

The Koryo Saram of NYC

Asian, East Asian, New York, Video April 27, 2017 at 11:39 am

This month’s episode of CUNY TV’s “Asian American Life” looks at the little-known community of Koryo Saram – ethnic Koreans from the post-Soviet countries – in NYC.

Woomin Lee and Sangmi Lee, who voted before heading to the airport. (Photo via the Korea Times)

Koreans in US Vote for Korea’s Next President

East Asian, Politics, Queens April 26, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Voters young and old flocked to the polling place in Queens to cast their votes in Korea’s presidential elections, The Korea Times reports.

Members of the new Hispanic American Advisory Board with borough executive Ed Mangano (sitting). (Photo via Noticia)

Nassau County Inaugurates Its First Hispanic Advisory Board

Latino, Long Island April 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

For the first time in history, Long Island’s Nassau County has instituted a Hispanic American Advisory Board, Noticia Long Island reports.

Paulina Li speaking a the hearing attended by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. (Photo via World Journal)

School Overcrowding in Forest Hills Smashes Dream of Chinese Parents

East Asian, Education, Queens April 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

A number of Asian parents who moved to Forest Hills so that their children can attend high-quality schools in the neighborhood find that overcrowding has put their children on waiting lists, reports World Journal.

(Photo courtesy of Ping Chong + Company, via BK Reader)

Exploring ‘Muslim Identities’ on Stage

Brooklyn, Culture, Muslim April 26, 2017 at 2:03 pm

A new theater production exploring Muslim identities, “Beyond Sacred,” will be performed April 29 at BRIC, reports BK Reader.

The Onderdonk House (Photo via QNS)

New Amsterdam Festival at Historic House in Queens

Culture, Queens, Western European April 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The two-day New Amsterdam Festival will take place at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House in Ridgewood this weekend, reports QNS.

A “Man-ologue” – dialogue with men, was staged at the April 22, annual fundraising gala of New Jersey-based women’s support organization Manavi, in Edison, N.J. (Photo courtesy of Manavi via Desi Talk)

Manavi: Helping Indian Victims of Domestic Violence

Metro Area, Social Services, South Asian April 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

The New Jersey-based nonprofit Manavi, which recently held its annual fundraising dinner, has served Indian and other South Asian victims of domestic abuse for more than three decades. Desi Talk writes about the services provided by the organization and the progress they have made.

Brooklyn Acting District Attorney Eric González talks about the instruction defense attorneys will receive on immigration issues. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Brooklyn DA Will Protect Immigrants from Deportation for Minor Offenses

Brooklyn, Immigration April 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm

In a challenge to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric González announced the borough’s new measures to protect undocumented immigrants from being deported for minor offenses, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

On April 24, Assemblymember Ron Kim, middle, speaks at a press conference at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, joined by members of taxi driver associations and South Asian community organizations. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Kim Reintroduces Bill to Raise Penalties for Assault on Taxi Drivers

Immigration, New York, Transportation April 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Assemblyman Ron Kim has reintroduced a bill raising the penalties for assault on taxi drivers, Korea Daily reports.

Two Brothers and Two Decades of Peruvian Flavor in Brooklyn   

Two Brothers and Two Decades of Peruvian Flavor in Brooklyn  

Brooklyn, Business, Food, South American April 25, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Coco Roco restaurant, a pioneer of Peruvian cuisine in Brooklyn founded by two brothers from Cuzco, is celebrating its first 20 years, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Signs along 40 Road in Flushing. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Shops in Flushing Told to Revamp Signage

Business, East Asian, Queens April 25, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Flushing businesses have been given summonses for having incorrect signage, but many are uncertain how to make fixes that will be acceptable to the Department of Buildings, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Grace Chung, Dee Raymond (Photo via Sunnyside Post)

Protesting Displacement in Queens

Housing, Queens April 24, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Protesters say three city plans will lead to displacement and more gentrification in Queens, Sunnyside Post reports.

Sung Park in front of his Brooklyn restaurant, Bistrot Petit. (Photo via French Morning)

Bistro Petit: Where French Tradition Meets Korean Seasonings

Brooklyn, East Asian, Food, Western European April 24, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Chef Sung Park offers a personal Korean touch and popular prices to Bistro Petit, a French restaurant in Brooklyn, French Morning reports.

Paola Zuniga-Tellez (Photo via Riverhead News-Review)

First Latina Named to LI Community Board

Latino, Long Island, Women April 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

On the East End of Long Island, Paola Zuniga-Tellez has become the first Latina named to a local community board, Riverhead News-Review reports.

Some of the members of Lavender Light (Screen shot via NY City Lens video)

Can NYC’s First Black, Gay Gospel Choir Survive?

Black, Culture, LGBTQ, Manhattan, Religion April 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Founded in 1985, Lavender Light hopes to continue spreading its message of diversity and acceptance, reports NY City Lens.