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A packed bus heading to the casino. (Photo via Korea Times)

‘Casino Bus’ Entices Korean-American Seniors to Gamble

Culture, East Asian July 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Some Korean-Americans worry that the cheap “casino buses” that take hundreds daily to regional casinos from Flushing and other Asian-American neighborhoods are causing gambling problems, especially among Korean and Chinese seniors, reported the Korea Times.

Members of the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and Lower East Side say the housing project leaves out minorities. (Photo by Juan Matossian/EDLP)

Lower East Side Development Accused of Ignoring Low-Income Residents

East Asian, Housing, Latino July 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Tenants groups argue that a city plan to develop vacant lots by the Williamsburg Bridge in the Lower East Side ignores the area’s low-income residents, reported El Diario/La Prensa.

Yu-Shan Wong, the Social Security Administration’s Community Relations representative for Chinatown, confirmed the changes.  According to her, the lease at 26 Federal Plaza is up and the office need to be relocated to the 4th floor of 123 William St. The new office will open on July 16. (Photo via Sing Tao)

Elderly Chinese Worry About Social Security Office Relocation

East Asian, Health, In the News July 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

A Social Security Administration office that has served Chinatown and Chinese-speaking residents from surrounding areas for nearly four decades was scheduled to move this week — for the second time this year, reported Sing Tao Daily. As the office moves further and further from Chinatown and its Chinese-language services remain in doubt, Chinese clients worry that the agency won’t serve them well.

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.

Students and Korean language teachers of Democracy Prep Charter School (Photo via Korea Daily)

Strict Korean Education Builds Confidence for Harlem Students

East Asian, Education July 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Last month we translated a story from New York Ilbo on Democracy Prep Public School in Harlem, which models some of its strict approach on Korean education. The Korea Daily followed up by interviewing students at the charter school about their experience learning the Korean way.


After Chinatown Bus Crackdown, ‘$1 Buses’ Draw Ire in Flushing

Business, East Asian, Transportation July 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Some Chinatown groups fear new regulations on the horizon for curbside buses could hurt the area’s businesses. Meanwhile, in Queens’ Chinatown in Flushing, some bus operators are pleading for more regulation and enforcement to prevent new “$1 buses” from moving in on their turf.

Young Asian-Americans Challenge Stereotypes

Young Asian-Americans Challenge Stereotypes

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts June 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

As the debate continues over a recent report that critics claim regurgitates the “model minority” myth about Asian-Americans, a conference for Asian-Americans offered a forum to unpick the stereotypes. Voices of NY interviewed three young Korean-Americans there.

After the government shut down three bus companies in Chinatown, Allen Street has become less crowded, to the dismay of local business owners. (Photo by Fan Meng/World Journal)

Bus Companies’ Shutdown Leaves Chinatown Shops Struggling

Business, East Asian June 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Chinatown business owners complain that the shutdown of three major Chinatown bus companies have hurt local supermarkets, restaurants and beverage shops that had relied on bus passengers for business.

19 Years After ‘Golden Venture’ Tragedy, Survivors Have Moved on

East Asian, Immigration June 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Nineteen years after a Chinese ship named “Golden Venture” left its 300 passengers in cold waters off Rockaway Beach, killing 10 of them, Fujianese immigrants recall the horrific incident, and what happened to its survivors, World Journal reports.

Empty polling station in Palisades Park (Photo by Seunghoon Jung / Korea Daily)

In N.J.’s Korean Enclaves, Spotty Services for Korean Voters

Demographics, East Asian, Politics June 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Despite efforts to make last week’s primary election process accessible for the massive Korean population of Bergen County, N.J., Korean-Americans complained that translation services were spotty in some places and nonexistent in others, the Korea Daily reported.

Chinatown Residents Indifferent to Voter Registration Efforts

East Asian, In the News, Politics June 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Some recent efforts to convince Chinatown residents to register to vote have fallen flat, Sing Tao Daily’s print edition reported. Organizers say this is a symptom of voter apathy in the Chinese community.

This sign in Bowne Park uses the informal form of Korean in its translation. (Photo by the Korea Times)

All in the Tone: a Korean Translation in Queens Strikes Wrong Note

East Asian, Queens June 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

The inappropriately informal Korean translation of a sign in Bowne Park, Flushing, has caused anger and amusement among Koreans.

Stranded customers try to figure out how to get home after three Chinatown bus companies were shut down. (Photo by Dai-Chen Liu/World Journal)

Confusion Reigns After Chinatown Bus Companies’ Shutdown

East Asian, In the News, Transportation June 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm

The shutdown of three bus companies in Chinatown have left their owners and customers confused.

John Chen (second from left) join members of several Chinese religious organizations at a press conference on AIDS awareness. (Photo by Yi-Shing Du/ World Journal)

Study Urges Asian Religious Organizations to do AIDS Outreach

East Asian, Health June 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

While the number of reported AIDS cases has declined in recent years among whites, it has increased for Asian-Americans. A recent study encourages Chinese religious organizations to play a stronger role in AIDS outreach efforts.

Gerry Senese and Hiroko Uraga met through their shared love of Asian culture. (Photo from Long Island Wins)

From Wine Barrels, Cowhides and Passion, a Taiko Drumming Troupe

Culture, East Asian May 30, 2012 at 8:24 am

On Long Island, Japanese culture — especially the art of Taiko drumming — is taking root. A cross-cultural married couple are at the center of this phenomenon, and have been on a mission to bring Japanese art forms to Long Island.