Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai speaks to Citibank's Ida Liu and Goldman Sachs' Gloria W. Lio about the Asian American workforce. (Photo via World Journal)

Despite Population Growth, Asian-Americans Feel Marginalized at Work

Asian, Business June 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Although Asian-Americans are the fastest growing demographic in the country, many Asian-Americans in business say they do not feel a sense of belonging at work and that they face a glass ceiling when it comes to top jobs.

(Photo via News India Times)

Indian-Americans Help Make a Case Against Affirmative Action

Education, South Asian June 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Three Indian-American groups have joined the campaign against race-conscious college admissions, reports News India Times. The groups joined a Jewish organization and an Asian-American group to support a suit going before the Supreme Court that could decide the constitutionality of programs in which colleges consider the race or ethnicity of applicants.

Anju said she has had difficulty finding an employer that treats her fairly. (Photo by Kamana Shrestha/Women's eNews)

Profile: Raising Others’ Children, a Nanny Misses Her Own

Labor, South Asian June 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Women’s eNews put a human face on the plight of the 1.8 million domestic workers who make $20,000 or less per year, with a profile of a Nepalese nanny who lives in Queens. “Anju” described employers who ranged from inhumane to abusive — as well as the pain of being away from her own daughter.

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.

A Practical Guide to Korean Adoption

Asian, Immigration, In the News June 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Korea has traditionally harbored a skepticism about cross-cultural adoption, but in a departure from this attitude, Korean-Americans are increasingly turning to adoption for their own families. The first two parts of the Korea Times’ three-part series examined this phenomenon and offered some data on the trend. The third part explains the nuts and bolts of how to adopt an international baby.

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Indian-American Woman Accuses Dunkin’ Donuts of Discrimination

Business, South Asian June 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

A New Jersey Indian-American woman has sued the coffee chain Dunkin Donuts, accusing coffee and pastries chain of discriminating against “Asian Indian-American women of color,” News India Times reported.

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.

Photo via The News India Times

Opinion: A Defense of Dharun Ravi

Crime, In the News, South Asian May 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Throughout the trial of Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, Ravi’s support in one community has not flagged: South Asian immigrants have rallied for Ravi, and defended him against his critics. A columnist in News India Times last week lashed out against the judge who admonished Ravi during his sentencing, and accused newspapers that have criticized Ravi of hypocrisy.

After Violent Incidents in Sunset Park, a Chinese Guide to Dealing With Police

Brooklyn, East Asian, In the News May 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Several recent confrontations between Chinese residents of Sunset Park and police officers — including some that became violent — led Sing Tao Daily to publish this guide for readers, explaining their rights in police interactions and how to behave prudently and safely when confronted by officers.

Screen grab of the rapper "Brooklyn Shanti" from video by Brooklyn Ink.

Video: Hip-Hop With a Bengali Flavor

Culture, Featured Posts, South Asian, Video May 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Nabin Laskar, the Bengali-American rapper known as Brooklyn Shanti, describes his path to hip-hop music and the challenges he faced along the way in a video interview with The Brooklyn Ink.