Metro Area

Filipino wins Jersey election

Metro Area, Opinion, Politics, Southeast Asian, Uncategorized November 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Rolando Lavarro’s win for city councilmember of Jersey City, NJ was a historic moment for the city’s Filipino American community.

Hispanics win elections in NJ

Latino, Metro Area, Politics, Uncategorized November 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Several Hispanic nominees triumphed in state and local elections in the Garden State on Nov. 8.

Celebrating in Englewood Cliffs, with Gloria Oh.

Korean-Americans win elections in NJ

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics, Uncategorized November 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Korean Americans win councilmember seats in Englewood Clilffs and Harrington Park, both in New Jersey, increasing the number of Korean American councilmembers in the state to six.

Suffolk rallies against hate

Suffolk rallies against hate

Immigration, In the News, Metro Area, Politics November 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Focusing on the new administration elected on Tuesday to lead Suffolk County, the Long Island Immigrant Alliance held a rally Wedmesdau outside the Suffolk Legislature to call for making Suffolk a “Hate Free Zone.”

Bilingual debate focuses on immigrants’ issues

Bilingual debate focuses on immigrants’ issues

Immigration, In the News, Metro Area, Politics November 8, 2011 at 11:07 am

Nearly five hundred people attended the first-ever bilingual debate between candidates for Suffolk County executive.

Can Kosher butcher shops survive?

Can Kosher butcher shops survive?

Culture, Economy, In the News, Metro Area October 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Jewish shoppers who once detoured from the supermarket to the Kosher butcher shop aren’t making that second stop now. Instead they troll the Kosher meat aisles of supermarkets and big box stores. As a result, according to Jewish Week, the mom-and-pop butcher shop is an endangered species.

Protesting in Newark against an immigration detention center.

Activists protest immigrant detention center

Immigration, Metro Area October 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Brazilians were among those who took part in the 14th annual protest rally and march by IRATE and First Friends against the treatment of detained immigrants in Newark, NJ.

Joselo Lucero

Brother of hate crime victim fights back

Immigration, In the News, Latino, Metro Area October 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm

When Joselo Lucero came to the United States as a teenager, he could immediately feel the difference from his native Ecuador. “I knew the rules in Ecuador, I knew how things worked,” he recalls. “No one told me that I didn’t belong or to go back to Mexico.” He remembersRead More

A journey of art, from Caracas to Millerton

A journey of art, from Caracas to Millerton

Culture, Metro Area, South American, Uncategorized October 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

“The price that is put on a piece of art should be in accordance to what the artist has achieved.” This was what Camilo Rojas, distinguished artist and professor, told me before wishing me goodbye alongside his wife, artist Virginia Lavado. Camilo and Virginia are two of the most inspiringRead More

Muslim volunteers clean a basement in Wayne, NJ, on October 4.

Muslim relief group helps Irene victims

Environment, Metro Area October 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

ICNA Relief, the only relief organization of the American Muslim community, sends its volunteers to five cities and towns in New Jersey to clean up homes damaged by Hurricane Irene. Collaborating with FEMA, the group selected 40 homes of the disabled and the elderly for the clean-up.

Korean youths spread Taekwondo

Korean youths spread Taekwondo

Culture, East Asian, Education, Health, Metro Area October 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm

A few public schools in New York City teach the Korean martial art of Taekwondo to students. A brother-sister duo that teaches the sport are hoping that this spreads to more schools.

Brazilian dancers storm New York

Brazilian dancers storm New York

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Metro Area, South American October 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Brazil’s Urban Dance Company interprets the contemporary violence between favela gangs and police through hip-hop and Brazilian dance.

Cars drive on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Highway near 51st street on Wednesday.

Foul air plagues NYC, Long Island

Environment, Featured Posts, Health, Metro Area September 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

The air is unhealthy to breathe on one day out of 10 in New York City and on Long Island, an new report from an environmental group. warns.

Korean prostitution in the US is out of control

East Asian, Immigration, In the News, Metro Area September 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

In the past five years, hundreds of Korean immigrants have been arrested for engaging in the sex trade. Now South Korean lawmakers are calling on their government to take action.

Hempstead Fire Department drops policy barring non-citizens

Hempstead Fire Department drops policy barring non-citizens

Immigration, Metro Area September 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm

An immigrant needed the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union to be permitted to join a volunteer fire department on Long Island. His successful challenge has led the town of Hempstead to drop its requirement that firefighters be U.S. citizens.