East Asian

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.

Weddings and advertising planned for Year of the Dragon

Weddings and advertising planned for Year of the Dragon

Culture, East Asian, Economy February 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Couples who plan to marry in the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Black Dragon may hope to link their nuptials to the mythical beast’s reputation of power, hope and ascension.  But they would be advised to book early. Even as New York City’s Chinatowns brace for a baby boom, the rushRead More

Koreans note absence of North Korea from State of the Union

Koreans note absence of North Korea from State of the Union

East Asian, Politics February 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

In his State of the Union address, President Obama did not mention North Korea, a stark absence compared to his prior speeches, notes New York Ilbo.

Asian American press differs on John Liu investigation

Feet In Two Worlds compares the reporting, showing that while New York’s English-language media used the word “scandal,” Chinese newspapers called it a “fundraising issue,” and the Korean press used the word “allegation.”

Korean-Mexican fusion hits Lower Manhattan

Korean-Mexican fusion hits Lower Manhattan

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan January 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The Korean food business is evolving.The menu is no longer limited to authentic Korean food such as Bulgogi, Bibimbap or Galbi. Instead, it embraces a new concept of fast food for Americans who are health-conscious and looking for something new.

Elderly Koreans get a free haircut in Queens, courtesy of the Korean American Beautician Federation.

Korean-American businesses share the love

East Asian, Economy, Featured Posts, Queens January 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

The generosity of Korean-American entrepreneurs has shined through the holidays. Korean nail professionals donated their services to the elderly, and church members assembled baskets of fruit to show appreciation to police officers, firemen and the elderly. But it didn’t end there. Just before New Year’s Eve, members of the Korean American Beautician Federation gave free hair cuts to residents of Corona Senior Center of the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York in Queens.

Two Korean comfort women visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations.

Comfort women take case to Japan’s UN Mission

East Asian, New York December 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Two Korean comfort women visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations on Dec. 16, demanding an official apology from the Japanese government. Oksean Yi and Yongsoo Lee, are two of 1,000 remaining survivors of kidnapping and sex slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

NYC cultures clash over Kimchi

NYC cultures clash over Kimchi

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Health, New York December 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

A Korean restaurant consultant is tackling a clash of cultures that threatens the very existence of Kimchi in New York City. The traditional Korean delicacy is made from vegetables that must be fermented at room temperature. But Korean restaurants have picked up Health Department violations for Kimchi, because the cityRead More

Members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens make a heart with their arms to signify the baskets of "love."

Church members donate “baskets of love”

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens December 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

These beautiful “Baskets of Love” were assembled by members of the Korean American Presbyterian Church of Queens. Volunteers donated baskets of fruit and chocolate as part of an annual holiday tradition. “Baskets of Love” were delivered to police stations, fire stations and nursing homes in Flushing. Church members formed heartsRead More

Korean comfort women and Holocaust survivors embrace during a historic meeting.

Korean “comfort women” demand apology

East Asian, Education, Featured Posts, Queens December 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Korean “comfort women” met with Holocaust survivors on Dec. 13 in Queens during a historic summit on the horrific experiences the women endured during World War II.

Korean elderly get manicures in Queens, as part of Beauty Day.

Elderly get holiday pampering

East Asian, In the News, Queens December 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

30 elderly Korean American women got the gift of beauty for the holidays. Members of the Korean American Nail Salon Association wore Santa hats while they pampered residents of the Queens Boulevard Extended Day Care center in Woodside, Queens.

Korean calendars vanish in recession

Culture, East Asian, Economy, In the News December 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

The economic recession has hit Korean businesses, particularly evident this time of year in the absence of promotional store calendars for 2012.