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The 37th Road pedestrian plaza has not been a hit with local business owners.

‘Mother Language Day’ May Bring New Life to Jackson Heights Plaza

Culture, Queens, South Asian February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

Some Jackson Heights merchants have complained that the pedestrianized plaza on 37th Road has hurt their business, but it may become the site of a new city tradition, reported the Queens Chronicle: Bangladeshi groups in Jackson Heights are seeking the city’s permission to observe International Mother Language Day on Feb. 21.

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.

Will Filipino Americans Still Go Blue in November?

Will Filipino Americans Still Go Blue in November?

Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Filipino Americans voted 59 percent to 39 percent in favor of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential elections. Still, this time around it remains to be seen which party they’ll support, according to a piece in the print edition of Filipino Reporter.

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.

Leno’s Remark Stirs Debate in Sikh Community

South Asian February 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

The NBC host and comedian Jay Leno’s wisecrack last month, in which he showed a photo of Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, while poking fun at the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s millions, has met a mixed reaction from the American Sikh community.

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.

Update: Suspect Arrested in Murder of Bengali Immigrant

Bronx, In the News, South Asian February 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Norwood News reports that police apprehended a suspect on Jan. 26 for the Oct. 29, 2011 murder of Bimal Chanda, who his family believes was targeted for his ethnicity. He was robbed and beaten to death in a stairwell of his apartment building on 190th Street. Police continue to lookRead More

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.

Guyanese Hindu family makes offerings In Jamaica Bay. (Credit: LittleIndia.com)

Hindus turn Queens beaches into Ganges

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, New York, South Asian January 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

New York’s Jamaica Bay has become a sacred pilgrimage spot for Guyanese Hindus in Queens. LittleIndia.com reports that they descend on the beaches of North Channel Bridge, to pray and cast offerings into the bay, which many liken to the sacred Indian river Ganges.

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.”

Plan to turn foreclosures into rentals

Economy, Housing, In the News, South Asian January 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has announced a pilot program to put families back into 250,000 foreclosed houses. The plan involves selling the abandoned homes in bulk to investors, who will rehabilitate the homes and turn them into rental properties.

Year of the Dragon-moms

Asian, Culture, New York January 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Forget about Tiger moms. 2012 is the year of Dragon moms. The 2012 dragon in particular has many potential parents excited. The so-called Water Dragon is believed to balance less-desirable dragon qualities, including arrogance and a fiery temper.