Southeast Asian

Burmese Chef Serves Up Japanese Ramen

Burmese Chef Serves Up Japanese Ramen

Maung Htein Linn runs three NYC restaurants with authentic Japanese food he learned to prepare in Japan.

Mosques and Islamic centers see increase in the number of visitors during Ramadan. File photo of Muslims praying at Makki Masjid in Brooklyn. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

When Does Ramadan Begin?

NYC Muslims seek some consensus on when to start fasting.

Nancy Bulalacao (Photo via The FilAm)

Filipina Reflects on Community Work

Culture, In the News, Southeast Asian June 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm

After working in Asian-American circles, Nancy Bulalacao is focusing on the Filipino community. She spoke with The FilAm about the first Filipino American Museum in NY and other ventures.

(Photo by Dorian Geiger/Voices of NY)

Buddhist Temple Hopes to Draw Young Cambodians

Cambodians come to Wat Jotanaram for prayer, meditation, language instruction and meals.

Randy Gener with actor-comedian Bernardo Bernardo. (Photo by Elton Lugay Via the Fil-Am)

Justice Urged for Filipino-American Victim of Brutal Attack

Crime, LGBTQ, Manhattan, Southeast Asian January 28, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Family and friends of Randy Gener held vigils this week to urge speedy action on apprehending his attackers, The FilAm and Gay City News report.

The Bayanihan Filipino Community Center in Woodside, Queens, serves more than just Filipinos. Volunteer Jonna Baldres, mentioned in the story, stands second from the left. (Photo via The FilAm)

Funding Low, Future Uncertain at Filipino Immigrant Center

In the News, Queens, Social Services, Southeast Asian January 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Serving not just the Filipino community but also Latinos and South Asians, the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center is fundraising to keep the immigrant haven running, reports The FilAm.

Activist, journalist and writer Nelson Navarro returns to New York, once his home in exile. (Photo via The FilAm)

Former Filipino Exile Returns to NY to Unveil Memoir

Media, Southeast Asian January 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

“The Half-Remembered Past” recounts journalist Nelson A. Navarro’s fight against the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines and his subsequent years in New York and later, back home in Manila, reports local Filipino papers.

Typewriter repairman Bino Gan, 60, will close up shop at the end of December. (Photo by Heather Dubin/ the Villager)

Typewriter Repairman to the Stars Closes Shop

Manhattan, Southeast Asian, Technology December 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

After nearly 30 years in operation, Bino Gan, owner of Typewriters N’ Things, will shutter his shop permanently, reports The Villager.

Surrounded by donations (Photo by Skyler Reid/Voices of NY)

Finding Trustworthy Middlemen for Filipino Relief

Locals who want to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan are carefully selecting which organizations they will assist.

Amidst the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan in rural communities in Leyte, Philippines,  Jessica Abejar wonders: "Am I Filipino enough? (Photo by Arlynn Aquino, European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection, Creative Commons license)

NY Filipinos Worry About Corruption, Reflect on Identity

Featured Posts, New York, Opinion, Southeast Asian November 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Two testimonies in The FilAm reflect mixed feelings in the community about opening their wallets and hearts.

Phil Am Food serves the 16,000+ Filipino community of Jersey City, N.J. (Photo by Lai Wo via Open City)

‘Phil Am’ Store Offers Taste of Home

Food, Metro Area, Southeast Asian October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Erwin Santos, whose family runs a prominent Filipino grocery store in Jersey City, speaks to Open City about dried mangos, hot dogs and fish sauce, as well as a special overseas customer base and a hope for Filipino food to someday receive the recognition other Asian foods enjoy.

Tagalogue was staged in Nuyorican Poets Cafe last year during Filipino American History Month, celebrated during the month of October.

Staging the Often Misunderstood Filipino Experience

Culture, Featured Posts, Southeast Asian October 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

In “Tagalogue,” Filipino-American performers address their community’s history through monologues, dance and music.

Filipino opera singers Sal Malaki and Antoni Mendezona star as Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara in "Noli." (Photo by Oliver Oliveros via The FilAm)

First Filipino Opera Ready for Center Stage

Culture, In the News, Southeast Asian October 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

“Noli Me Tángere” will premiere on October 4 as the first Filipino opera to be staged in New York. The FilAm takes a look behind the scenes at this pivotal production for the community.

Eileen Formanes and her refashioned bibingkas at the Hester Street Fair in Lower Manhattan. (Photo via The FilAm)

Americanizing a Filipino Holiday Treat

Food, Southeast Asian September 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Eileen Formanes left her job and started selling reinvented forms of bibingka, a Filipino rice cake eaten during Christmas. In the Filipino community, however, taking such a risk is far from common, finds The FilAm, which covered a gathering of community members interested in “innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Calamansi juice, served in Ihawan, a Filipino restaurant in Woodside, Queens. (Photo by Krista/goodiesfirst, Flickr Creative Commons) License)

Popular Filipino Juice Looking to Break into Pinoy US Market

Business, Culture, Food, In the News, Southeast Asian July 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

All-Natural Calamansi juice, made from the calamansi citrus fruit, doesn’t just offer Filipinos a taste of home, it’s one of only a few products with Filipino origins to make a foray into the American market, reports The FilAm, which explains the significance of the fruit to the Philippines.