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.

Beyond the Mango Lassi

Food, South Asian, Video March 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

There’s more to the Indian yogurt drink known as a lassi than the ubiquitous mango lassis served in Indian restaurants.

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.

Voices in Focus: Two Reports Paint Bleak Picture for Asians

Asian, Crime, Video March 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

An ex-con motivates Brooklyn teens to stay fit; a report points to an increase in suicide rates for Asian women, while another debunks the idea of Asians as a “model minority”; more on the Queens ponzi scheme that targeted Latinos; and a trial date for the first soldier accused of bullying Pvt. Danny Chen.

Two Views on Visa Situation for Indian Immigrants to U.S.

Two Views on Visa Situation for Indian Immigrants to U.S.

Caribbean, Immigration, South Asian March 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The Carib News reported on complaints from the Caribbean community that a proposed change to immigration rules would unfairly favor Indian and Chinese migrants, while News India Times aired concerns that Indians are being denied visas in increasing numbers.

Tailor to the Stars Donates Suits to Struggling Job-Seekers

Tailor to the Stars Donates Suits to Struggling Job-Seekers

South Asian March 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

The New York-based tailor Mohan Ramchandani of Mohan’s Custom Tailors, known for dressing sports stars, has a new clientele for his bespoke suits: 17 men with troubled pasts who just graduated from a job training program.

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.

Fred Fu of the Flushing Development Center showed his support for Jeremy Lin at a Community Board 7 meeting.

Ethnic and Local Press Examines Linsanity’s Ripple Effect

Asian, Culture, New York, Sports February 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Although Jeremy Lin often downplays the importance of his ethnicity, the ethnic and community press has focused on the Knicks point guard’s inspiring effect on children, other ball players, and fans of all races.

Filipino Cuisine Gains Fans in NYC Restaurant Scene

Filipino Cuisine Gains Fans in NYC Restaurant Scene

Asian, Food, New York February 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

While Chinese, Thai and Indian restaurants are commonplace around New York City, Filipino restaurants have faced an uphill battle, Asian Journal reports in a new “Filipino Foodie guide to Metro New York.” But the tide may be turning.

Bronx Bangladeshis to Float a Council Candidate

Politics, South Asian February 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Bangladeshis from three Bronx neighborhoods where Bengali is so common that one street is known as “Bangla Bazar” are planning ahead for the September 2013 city council primary, banding together to float one Bangladeshi candidate that the whole community can get behind.

Maggi seasoning is the secret ingredient in dishes from around the globe.

A Maggi-cal Sauce, Beloved Around the World

African, Asian, Caribbean, Culture, Eastern European, Food, South American February 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

If there’s one food item that could knit together all the immigrant communities of New York City, it would have to be Maggi, the ubiquitous seasoning sauce that’s fundamental to cuisines around the world. Aurora Almendral, a reporting fellow with Feet in 2 Worlds, explains its appeal.

Desi Comics Bring Joke Diplomacy to India

Culture, South Asian February 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

Comedy and diplomacy intertwined during a recent State Department-sponsored comedy tour of India by three Indian-American stand-up comedians. Rajiv Satyal, Hari Kondabolu and Azhar Usman toured the country to bring some laughter to sensitive issues such as religion, politics, and the caste system.

Residents packed a hearing at Queens Borough Hall on proposed new legislative district lines.

Voices in Focus: More Anger at Proposed Redistricting Lines

African, African American, Asian, Caribbean, Latino, New York, Politics February 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

The conversation on controversial proposed redistricting lines continued across New York City and its suburbs over the last few weeks, with hearings and protests by residents. Here is another sampling of coverage from the community and ethnic press.