Southeast Asian

Juliet Payabyab (right) with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz during the celebration of Philippine American Friendship Day in June 2016. (Photo via The FilAm)

A FilAm Leader’s Foray into Politics

Politics, Queens, Southeast Asian March 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm

The FilAm profiles Filipino-American community leader Juliet Payabyab who, after more than four decades of living in Astoria, is getting involved in local politics and applying for a community board seat.

Maria Torres-Springer (Photo by Lambert Parong/ Kababayan Media via The FilAm)

Putting Political Hopes in Torres-Springer

Government, Manhattan, Politics, Southeast Asian March 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm

At a Philippine Consulate event for International Women’s Day, attendees praised Housing Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer for her political success, reports The FilAm.

From left: Democratic Party operatives Arvind Swamy and Cheryl Quinio-Blodgett, Bergenfield Council member Salvador Deauna, and Consul General Tess Dizon-De Vega. (Photo by Lambert Parong/Kababayan Media via The FilAm)

Why Some FilAms Don’t Donate to Political Campaigns

Metro Area, Politics, Southeast Asian March 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

At the “Filipino Americans in Politics” forum in New Jersey, a 70-year-old first-time public official in Bergen County shares his experiences, and panelists look at why FilAms do not tend to financially support candidates, reports The FilAm.

Manny Imperial (right) with Sisig City line cook Ben Acunin and cashier Arielle Crisostomo (Photo via The FilAm)

Sisig City, a Filipino Food Truck in NYC

Business, Food, New York, Southeast Asian May 31, 2016 at 2:03 pm

The FilAm speaks to Manny Imperial, the owner of the Filipino-inspired food truck, Sisig City, who looks to attract diverse customers to dishes like Pork Sisig and Lechon Kawali.

Dishes from restaurants participating in Filipino Restaurant Week. (Photo via The FilAm)

Will Filipino Food Go Mainstream?

Food, Metro Area, New York, Southeast Asian May 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm

At the second annual Filipino Restaurant Week, restaurant owners and chefs discussed why Filipino dishes have not crossed over into the mainstream in the U.S.

(Illustration by Suphitcha Jan Donsrichan for Voices of NY)

How I (Briefly) Became a Medical Interpreter

A Thai woman helps another by translating during a hospital visit.

(Cover image from miaalvar.com)

On Filipino Stories with Mia Alvar

Culture, Immigration, Southeast Asian January 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

In an interview with Asian Journal, award-winning author Mia Alvar speaks about writing Filipino immigrant stories.

Consul Kerwin Tate holds up a brown envelope containing voting material mailed to 26K registered voters in the Northeast. Consul General Mario de Leon Jr., to his right, says voting may be done on site at the Philippine Consulate, by mail or by visiting ‘collection centers’ across the region. (Photo via The FilAm)

Voting for the Next Philippine President from Here

New York, Politics, Southeast Asian April 13, 2016 at 3:16 pm

For Filipinos living in the Northeast, casting their ballot in the five-way race for president of the Philippines has been made easy, reports The FilAm.

Brooklyn Friends phys. ed. teacher Jane Vongvorachoti will represent Thailand 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this summer. (Photo courtesy of Jane Vongvorachoti via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Brooklyn Gym Teacher to Represent Thailand at the Olympics

Brooklyn, Southeast Asian, Sports March 1, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Jane Vongvorachoti, a physical education teacher and track coach in Downtown Brooklyn, tells Brooklyn Daily Eagle she ran her best time while training in New York.

The novelty utensil-free "kamayan" spread at Kabayan. (Photo via The FilAm)

Three Filipino Restaurants Join ‘Heart-Healthy’ Campaign

Food, Health, Queens, Southeast Asian February 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Kabayan, Payag Restaurant, and Tito Rad’s Grill in Queens are on board for an initiative of the Kalusugan Coalition, a nonprofit promoting healthy lifestyles in the Filipino community, reports The FilAm.

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God as it would appear after expansion (Photo via QNS courtesy of Aries Dela Cruz)

Church Plans Draw Ire in ‘Little Manila’

Queens, Religion, Southeast Asian September 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

“Little Manila” residents in Woodside cite displacement and “economic and social repercussions” in their objections to a proposal by The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God to increase its building size, report The FilAm and QNS.

Carla Cinco in BAGO's kitchen (Photo by Cristina DC Pastor)

Not Her Mother’s Restaurant: Bago Comes to ‘Little Manila’

On a stretch of First Avenue crowded with Filipino restaurants, a new restaurant is making its mark.

The Debt Crisis in Puerto Rico

The Debt Crisis in Puerto Rico

Health, Puerto Rican, Southeast Asian, Video, Women November 9, 2015 at 4:37 pm

CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” looks at how the debt crisis in Puerto Rico is fueling arguments over the island’s status. The episode also features a project that gives free breast cancer screening to the uninsured, as well as a Philippine gold exhibition at the Asia Society.

Lea Salonga (middle) with The FilAm's Elton Lugay (left) and Cristina DC Pastor (right)

Lea Salonga on ‘Allegiance’

History, New York, Southeast Asian November 2, 2015 at 4:32 pm

The internment of Japanese Americans, as told in the Broadway show “Allegiance,” could very well happen today with another group of Americans, star Lea Salonga tells The FilAm.

Uniting the Cultures of Indonesia through Food

Uniting the Cultures of Indonesia through Food

A food festival in Queens brings together the disparate cultures and languages of Indonesia.