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Nancy Bruny and her teenage son, Alessandro, rediscovered her homeland of Taiwan together.

Essay: The Bad American

East Asian, Featured Posts, Immigration March 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

After four decades in America, a Taiwanese immigrant returns to her homeland with her teenage son. But while he discovers a part of his identity there, she finds that she has become a foreigner in her own country.

Japanese Internment Musical Advances; George Takei Does ‘Happy Dance’

Culture, East Asian, Video March 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm

The actor George Takei celebrates a fundraising milestone for his musical about Japanese American internment with a delightful “happy dance.”

Sing Tao is one of several Chinese publications that are covering Comptroller John Liu's campaign scandal. (Photo by Amal Chen/The Epoch Times)

Liu’s Campaign Troubles Expose Rift in Asian-American Press

East Asian, Politics March 8, 2012 at 6:11 pm

In the Chinese-American media, a sharp divide has emerged on how to view the campaign finance troubles of City Comptroller John Liu. While most of the Chinese media portrays Liu as the victim of discrimination, at least one publication has decried that view, accusing the other papers of being pawns of the Chinese Communist Party.

Doug Wang and Helen Chen posed in front of their grocery store. (Photo by Jonathan Zalman)

Profile: Long Path to Stability for a Chinatown Couple

East Asian, Immigration March 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Doug Wang and his wife, Helen Chen, opened their Essex Street corner store, Shan Fu Grocery, in 2010. As their business grows, the Chinese couple is raising their two young boys, Zhen Yuan and Hao Fen. The Lo-Down interviewed the couple about their path to domestic stability.

Yan Liang, a vendor in Chinatown, said she was fined twice for selling a fake toy gun that she thought was authentic.  (Photo by Aline Reynolds/Downtown Express)

Chinatown Vendors Angry about ‘Angry Birds’ Arrests

East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan March 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Several Chinatown businesses have complained that they were arrested without warning for selling counterfeit goods that they believed were genuine, Downtown Express reported.

A family in Chinatown shows its support for the proposed shark fin ban.

Shark Fin May be Banned From New York Menus

East Asian, Environment, Food February 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Shark fin soup, a popular delicacy in China, won’t be available to adventurous eaters in New York if a new bill becomes law. As the movement to protect sharks from hunters gathers steam, a proposed State Assembly bill would punish anyone who sells or distributes shark products.

Korean organizations and the prize winners posed at The Harlem school of the Arts.

As Tensions Flare, Koreans Seek Bridge to Black Community

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, New York February 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

After an altercation between a Korean gas station owner and an African-American customer escalated tensions between the communities in Dallas, Korean organizations in New York held a “Korea-U.S. Friendship Night” in Harlem.

Ming Sheng Zhao from the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association helps those being investigated for Medicaid fraud.

Chinese Community Hit by Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud

East Asian, Featured Posts February 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

As authorities step up the fight against Medicaid fraud, many Chinese residents have received government notices telling them that they do not meet the eligibility requirements for Medicaid, the World Journal reports. This is the second crackdown since the end of 2010, community leaders told the newspaper. Ming Sheng ZhaoRead More

Community board member Sam Tsang, shop owner Meijiao Chi, and Community Board Chairwoman Theresa Scavo posed outside Chi's store.

City Fines Multiplied as Chinese Shop Owner Struggled to Understand

Brooklyn, East Asian, Economy February 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

World Journal reported on a Chinese-owned fabric and toy store in Sheepshead’s Bay, Brooklyn, where the owner faced rapidly increasing fines from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.

Hojun Lee

Korean Student is Early Beneficiary of New Policy Curtailing Deportation

East Asian, Immigration, New York February 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

The Korea Times profiled Hojun Lee, a student of Korean descent whose deportation was suspended as part of the Obama administration’s new policy of deprioritizing some deportation cases in favor of others.

Young Soeb Bah, 91, and Young Joo Kwon, 88, will celebrate their 71st year of marriage this year.

‘Faith and Love’ in Face of Hardship is the Secret of 71-Year Marriage

Culture, East Asian, Immigration February 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

The Korean couple Young Soeb Bah, 91, and Young Joo Kwon, 88, wed in Harbin, China on March 3, 1941 and moved to Palisades Park, New Jersey, in 1980, where they live surrounded by their grandchildren and other family. In between, however, the couple suffered many hardships, The Korea Daily reports.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo now offers Korean translations on his website.

Governor’s Website Offers Korean Translation, Though State Agencies Don’t

Culture, East Asian, New York February 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

After pressure from Korean-Americans, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s website has recently started providing some Korean translations. But the news is only a partial consolation to Korean-Americans, who were dismayed that Korean was excluded from the Statewide Language Access Policy issued on October 6.

Korean Students Tell of Chronic Bullying

East Asian, Education, In the News February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

As anyone who remembers grade school knows, bullies often target students that they consider strange or different. Often, those students come from immigrant families. The Korea Times reported recently on Korean American students victimized by bullies at school or through cyber-bullying — sending or posting cruel messages on the InternetRead More

Danny Chen died in an apparent suicide after enduring months of racial taunting and attacks, his family and military investigators allege.

Afghanistan Hearing for Soldier Accused in Pvt. Danny Chen’s Death

Culture, East Asian, In the News, Manhattan February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for today in Afghanistan to determine whether a soldier suspected of involvement in Pvt. Danny Chen’s death should face charges in a military court. Chen’s death has drawn ongoing coverage in the community and ethnic press.

Photo Finish: Crack a nut for good luck this year

Photo Finish: Crack a nut for good luck this year

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts February 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

A couple shops for chestnuts at H Mart, a Korean grocery store in Flushing, Queens. Koreans believe that biting on a nut will rid one of evil spirits and bring good luck in the lunar new year, which is this Monday, Feb. 6.