New York

Celebrating the Dashain Festival

Nepalese community preserves culture

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian October 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

The small, but growing, Nepalese community in Queens celebrates festivals like Dashain to bring a sense of home to their lives.

“Occupy Wall Street” media wrap-up #3

“Occupy Wall Street” media wrap-up #3

Economy, Featured Posts, New York October 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Continuing coverage from the ethnic and community press, this time digging underneath the surface of the protests.

Students clean up Aqueduct Walk Park in the Bronx.

Bronx parks wait for their own clean-up

Bronx, Environment, Featured Posts October 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm

In the Bronx, parks are as dirty as ever. No one seems to care, except the people who live there.

Pakistani family faces deportation

Pakistani family faces deportation

Health, Immigration, Queens, South Asian October 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Shahid Ali Khan came to the US so his son could undergo surgical treatment. A rare side effect left his son severely disabled. Now as the family fights poverty, they also face the threat of deportation.

School resource centers launched for immigrants

Education, Immigration, In the News, New York October 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) has launched school-based Family Resource Centers (FRC) in all five boroughs. The centers intend to combat immigrant student dropout rates, give immigrant parents access to ID documents that will allow them to enter schools, as well as provide workshops for parents and facilitate accessRead More

Korean stores target Chinese customers

East Asian, Economy, In the News, Queens October 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Korean American businesses in Flushing are increasingly focusing their marketing on Chinese customers. Some are promoting themselves actively in the Chinese media. Some are hiring Chinese-speaking staff to secure as many Chinese patrons as possible. The entire staff of Star Skin & Wellbeing on 147th Street can speak Chinese asRead More

Danny Chen

Chinatown leaders seek answers in soldier’s death

East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan October 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

A community questions the mysterious death of Private Danny Chen in Afghanistan.

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.

Feds to spend $750,000 on Chinatown traffic

East Asian, In the News, Manhattan October 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Supported by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, the federal government has allocated $750,000 to Chinatown for traffic and economic improvement. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) said it would come up with a plan, based on its research, to provide more parking lots and convenience in Chinatown. The planRead More

Aurora Anaya-Cerda plans to open La Casa Azul, an independent bookseller in East Harlem after raising money through crowdsourcing.

East Harlem’s first bookstore planned

Culture, Manhattan October 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm

There’s no place to buy a book in East Harlem. But Aurora Anaya-Cerda hopes to change that. After five years of planning, including interning at other independent booksellers, Anaya-Cerda is in the final week of trying to raise $40,000 to launch La Casa Azul, an independent book store she plans to open.

MTA to offer better Korean translation

Culture, East Asian, In the News, New York October 24, 2011 at 11:18 am

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will correct its translation system for Korean. In response to the Korea Daily’s report on its improper Korean translation of subway safety information, the MTA has promised to take Korean culture and sentiment into consideration when it comes to translation in the future. “It is aRead More

Dominican political leaders split

Dominican political leaders split

Dominican, In the News, Latino, New York, Politics October 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

The creation of a new electoral district that aims to bring the first Dominican to the United States Congress is threatening to break down the relationship between New York’s Dominican political leaders and the Dominican-American National Roundtable (DANR), according to leaders in the community. It was clear last weekend duringRead More

Dressing the First Lady

Dressing the First Lady

Culture, In the News, New York October 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

Doo-Ri Chung, a Korean American fashion designer based in New York, made headlines after First Lady Michelle Obama wore a dress she designed at the official dinner with South Korea. The Korean-American fashion designer Doo-Ri Chung made headlines when First Lady Michelle Obama wore her dress at the official dinner withRead More

Threatened closing of PS 256 triggers protest

Brooklyn, Education, In the News October 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

About a hundred angry parents, educators and students from PS 256 rallied outside their school this week in fear and resentment that the city’s Department of Education (DOE) is considering closing the school. The DOE recently placed the school, located at 114 Kosciuszko Street, on its 20-low performing elementary andRead More

Hadi Al Najjar, 24, and a native of Ibb in southwest Yemen, said even if President Saleh leaves, tribal wars will persist.

Yemen’s turmoil echoes in Bronx

Bronx, In the News, Middle Eastern, Politics October 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The turmoil of the Arab Spring has immigrants from Yemen worried about those they left behind. The return of Yemen’s president has sparked fresh violence and imposed new hardship on their families.