East Asian

The qinqin, gaohu, and zhonghu, traditional Chinese instruments, accompany a Cantonese opera performance in Columbus Park (Photo by Huiying Bernice Chan via Open City)

In Chinatown, Immigrant Retirees Turn to Music

East Asian, Health, Manhattan, Seniors July 28, 2016 at 11:04 am

A group of Chinese immigrants meets every week in Columbus Park to perform songs from the Cantonese opera, not just to keep their cultural roots intact but also to stave off mental health issues, reports Open City.

Eunrim Park (Photo via The Korea Times)

First Woman President of Korean Association Reflects on Inaugural Year

East Asian, Metro Area, Social Services, Women July 27, 2016 at 5:14 pm

The Korea Times profiles Eunrim Park, the first woman to run the Korean-American Association of New Jersey in the organization’s 40-year history.

10Below Ice Cream (Photo by Yingzi Yin via World Journal)

Innovative Ice Cream in Chinatown to Cool Down the Summer

Business, East Asian, Manhattan, Youth July 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

World Journal profiles two Chinese-run unique ice cream parlors in Chinatown, 10Below Ice Cream and Penguin Ice Cream.

Billy Thai (l.) and Charles Ragusa (Photos via Kings County Politics)

Is a Brooklyn District Race Dividing the Chinese Community?

Brooklyn, East Asian, Politics July 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm

A challenge against signatures collected by Billy Thai, a candidate for male Democratic district leader of the 47th Assembly District in South Brooklyn, has increased the hostility in the battle for control of a district with a large Chinese population, reports Kings County Politics.

Korean food being offered at Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School in New Jersey in 2012. Students may soon have Korean food among their lunch choices.  (Photo via The Korea Times)

Korean Food for Lunch at NJ Schools?

East Asian, Food, Metro Area July 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Korean food may soon be among the lunch choices for some students in New Jersey schools, the Korea Times reports.

Frank Thomson (at left) shakes hands with Captain North District Commander Edgar Martinez.  Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop is at right. (Photo via Korea Daily)

In NJ, the Potential for More Asian Police Officers

East Asian, Metro Area, Police July 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm

The first Asian sergeant in Jersey City speaks to Korea Daily about his recent promotion and reconnecting with his Korean roots.

Yuri's daughter, Audee Kochiyama, sees the draft of the mural in person for the first time. (Photo via Facebook)

A Harlem Mural for Yuri and Malcolm X

African American, East Asian, History, Manhattan July 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Community organizers and artists have started painting “From Harlem with Love: A Mural for Yuri and Malcolm X,” a project dedicated to the late civil rights activists, reports Amsterdam News.

Lester Chang (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Lester Chang Back to Poll Site

East Asian, Politics June 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Former Republican candidate Lester Chang, who ran in the special election for Sheldon Silver’s seat, was back at his old job during the primaries – poll site coordinator in Chinatown. He speaks to Sing Tao Daily about criticism he received from some in the community and what he learned from campaigning.

One Woman’s Story: Lost and Found in Korea

One Woman’s Story: Lost and Found in Korea

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, New York, Voices' Picks June 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Meggin Nam Holtz was born Nam Hae Ok in Korea and adopted as an infant by an American couple. Now she is completing a movie, “Found in Korea,” about her journey to find her roots and her birth parents.

Irene Chu (right), the new president of the Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, with other members and guests at the club's annual dinner dance. (Photo by SB News via Brooklyn Reporter)

New President for South Brooklyn Democratic Club

Brooklyn, East Asian, Politics June 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Brooklyn Reporter and Bensonhurst Bean report that Irene Chu has been appointed the president of the Stars and Stripes Regular Democratic Club of the 49th Assembly District, a sign of the growing political clout of the Chinese community in South Brooklyn.

Taekwondo and More in Times Square

Taekwondo and More in Times Square

The 8th annual New York Times Square Taekwondo Festival also included Korean dance and drumming performances.

Victims have the lending contracts but no way of getting the money back from the con artist. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese in Brooklyn Lost $2M in a Loan Scam

Brooklyn, Crime, East Asian June 24, 2016 at 8:51 am

Participants of a biao hui, a type of lending circle popular among Fujianese immigrants, say the organizer has stolen close to $2 million of their money and disappeared after behaving strangely, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Zing’s ‘Awesome’ Book

Zing’s ‘Awesome’ Book

East Asian, Immigration, New York, Video June 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Zing Bai, the owner of Zing’s Awesome Rice on the Lower East Side, has released her first novel, Love Etc. She speaks to SinoVision about the book’s protagonist, a Chinese immigrant who’s trying to find her way in the U.S.

State Sen. Tony Avella gives $25,000 in funding to the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (Photo via Times Ledger)

Queens Senator Secures Funding for Korean Nonprofit

East Asian, Government, Immigration, Queens, Social Services June 15, 2016 at 2:55 pm

State Sen. Tony Avella, who wants to get more ethnic organizations involved in acquiring state funding, helped one Korean group receive $25,000, reports Times Ledger.

June Rhee (Photo via The Korea Times)

Bringing Korean Performing Artists to NJ

Culture, East Asian, Metro Area June 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm

June Rhee has been busy bringing Korean performers to the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey, reports The Korea Times.