At a press briefing on Aug. 26, Sangho Lee, middle, president of the Korean Nail Salon Association, discussed its decision to not proceed with a lawsuit against New York State’s new ventilation requirements. Now, asa group of 60 or so salon owners press forward with a class action suit, the association remains opposed to legal action. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Defying Leadership, Korean Nail Salon Owners Press Suit

Business, East Asian, Metro Area September 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm

About 60 Korean nail salon owners are filing a class-action suit to stop NYS from issuing regulations on ventilation in nail salons. The Korean American Nail Salon Association, however, remains opposed to legal action, Korea Daily reports.

Franco “the Great” Gaskin’s piece promotes education equality for all people, according to the Not A Crime campaign’s website. (Photo by  Kylee Tsuru via The Uptowner)

Education is #NotACrime Murals in Harlem

Asian, Education, Manhattan September 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm

In time for the UN General Assembly, murals in Harlem make up part of Not A Crime, a global campaign that strives for education equality for the Bahá’ís, a religious minority in Iran, reports The Uptowner.

Mino (a.k.a. Nouns) with the valiha. (Photo courtesy Mino Razafimpamonjy, via Brooklyn Rail).

From Madagascar to Corona: Making Music in a Basement

African, Asian, Culture, Immigration, Queens September 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

The Brooklyn Rail shines a light on Malagasy musicians in New York, telling the story of a little-known community of immigrants from Madagascar.

Yuh-Line Niou visiting Open Door Senior Center to thank her supporters (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Votes Key to Niou’s Victory  

East Asian, Manhattan, Politics September 16, 2016 at 12:06 pm

[Editor’s note: After Yuh-Line Niou won the primary election in Assembly District 65, Sing Tao Daily examines the votes the six candidates received in the Chinatown poll sites and concluded that now voters in Chinatown are statistically significant enough to send a candidate to a public office alone. The dataRead More

Yuh-Line Niou hugs a supporter at her victory party (Photo via World Journal)

Niou Wins Despite Dilution of Chinese Votes

East Asian, Manhattan, Politics September 14, 2016 at 11:20 pm

The victory of Yuh-Line Niou in the Democratic primary race in the 65th district for the Assembly seat long held by Sheldon Silver, shows that Chinese candidates are not only able to get the support of the majority of Chinese voters but also are able to rally voters from diverse communities, writes World Journal.

A memorial garden remembering Korean War hero Leonard LaRue will be built behind a statue of Jesus Christ at St. Paul’s Abbey in Newton, N.J. Left to right: Yeonghyun Baek, president of 1492 Green Club, Fr. Prior Samuel Kim of St. Paul’s Abbey.
(Photo via Korea Daily)

Remembering a Hero to Korean Refugees

East Asian, History, Metro Area September 14, 2016 at 4:25 pm

A captain who helped 14,000 refugees evacuate from a North Korean port in 1950 will be remembered in a special garden of a New Jersey abbey where he spent the remainder of his years as a monk, Korea Daily reports.

(Photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons license)

In Chinatown, Surprising Support for Trump from New Immigrants

Asian, East Asian, Immigration, Manhattan, New York, Politics September 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

In City LImits, Sing Tao Daily reporter Rong Xiaoqing writes about the surprising support for Donald Trump among recent Chinese immigrants in Chinatown.

Located on Roosevelt Avenue and only half a block from the Main Street station of the 7 train, Chung Hwa attracted customers from Flushing and other Queens neighborhoods. (Photo by Yichen Tu via Open City)

Chinese Bookstore in Flushing Shutters After 30 Years

East Asian, Queens September 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Chung Hwa, a bookstore popular among Chinese in Queens, closed as monthly rent hit $50,000. Longtime patrons tell Open City how the store served as more than just a place to buy books.

At a press conference on Sept. 2, Dongchan Kim (center), executive director at the Korean American Civic Empowerment for Community, presents the organization’s new report in Korean, “A Guide for New York State Primary Election.”

Despite Decline, Number of Korean Voters in Flushing Still Highest

East Asian, Politics, Queens September 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

While the number of Korean voters in Flushing has dropped, the community could still play a critical role, reports Korea Daily, particularly in the 16th Senate District where S.J. Jung is challenging incumbent Toby Ann Stavisky.

Council member Daniel Dromm, chair of the Education Committee (third from left), and leaders of LGBT groups, denounce S.J. Jung at a press conference held in front of Jung’s Flushing headquarters on Sept. 6. (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean LGBT Groups Condemn S.J. Jung

East Asian, LGBTQ, New York, Politics, Women September 9, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Korean and other Asian LGBT organizations were among those speaking out against Queens candidate S.J. Jung over his remarks on same-sex couples, reports Korea Daily.

One of Zakaria Ahmed's photos in the exhibit "The Other Side of Me" at LaGuardia Community College (Courtesy of Zakaria Ahmed)

Bangladesh Through an Immigrant’s Lens

Culture, Environment, Queens, South Asian September 9, 2016 at 2:32 pm

“The Other Side of Me,” a photo exhibit on display at LaGuardia Community College, features photos by alumnus Zakaria Ahmed, taken during a trip back to his native country of Bangladesh.

Designer Anthony Rosa in his Times Square studio in New York. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Tri-State Among Top Ten Areas for Minority-Owned Businesses

Asian, Business, Latino, Metro Area September 9, 2016 at 10:55 am

According to a Census report, New York, Newark and Jersey City are among the top 10 cities with the most minority-owned companies in the country, mostly thanks to Asian and Hispanic entrepreneurs, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The Activist Behind the Diwali Stamp Campaign

The Activist Behind the Diwali Stamp Campaign

Culture, South Asian September 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

After the USPS announced the release of a stamp in honor of Diwali, News India Times spoke to Ranju Batra about the Indian community’s 20-year effort for a stamp that would commemorate the Hindu festival.

At a book-release party on Sep. 1 in Flushing, Korean-language teachers of New York and New Jersey celebrate the release “Korean-Language Teachers in  New York.”
(Photo via Korea Daily)

A New Book on the Challenges for Korean-Language Teachers

East Asian, Education, New York September 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Korean-language teachers in the U.S. celebrated the release of a book of essays about their experiences, reports Korea Daily.

Women attending the Teej festival at Satya Narayan Mandir in Queens, on Sept. 3 (Photos by Anuz Thapa for Voices of NY)

Hindu Nepalese Women Celebrate Teej

Culture, Featured Posts, South Asian, Traditions, Women September 6, 2016 at 4:20 pm

About 1,000 women, most dressed in red, attend the Teej festival at Satya Narayan Mandir, a Hindu temple in Queens.