Current food allergy poster. (Photo via New York Department of Health)

Chinese Restaurant Owners Weary of New Food Allergy Bill

East Asian, Food September 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

The New York City Council is considering a new bill that will require restaurants to put up posters about foods in their menus that may cause allergies. But Chinese restaurants owners believe the legislation is not needed and will become a financial burden to them, reports The World Journal.

Daedema Ramos at a press conference. (Photo by Damayan Via The FilAm)

Diplomat Settles With Filipina Maid

Immigration, Labor, Southeast Asian September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

A Filipina maid, who was brought to the U.S. by a diplomat who made her work 20-hour days for a few dollars pay, has reached a settlement with her former employer, reports The FilAm. The story points to a growing problem of domestic workers being exploited by diplomats.

Como una 'tremenda victoria' fue calificada la votación de los trabajadores de 'carwash' a favor de pertenecer a un sindicato, a la espera de mejores beneficios. As a "tremendous victory" was rated the vote of workers 'carwash' in favor of joining a union, waiting for better benefits. (Photo by Saundi Wilson/EDLP)

Queens Car Washers First to Unionize

Featured Posts, Labor, Queens September 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Workers at Hi-Tek Car Wash & Lube in Queens voted to unionize, becoming the first car wash workers outside of Los Angeles to do so. El Diario/La Prensa’s Gloria Medina interviewed some of the car washers and while most are thrilled, not all share the same enthusiasm.

Photo courtesy NYS Senate

Anti-Asian Slurs Turn Up in Queens

East Asian, Queens September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

The word “gook” appeared in graffiti in Flushing on an empty storefront window and nearby on the van of the Chinese-language publication World Journal, reported Queens Chronicle and Korea Daily.

As the U.S. economy tanked, many Brazilians have headed back home. (Photo via Brazilian Times)

Brazilians Returning Home Arrive Empty-Handed

Economy, South American September 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Brazilians immigrants who made a living in the U.S. for years but lost their jobs in the economic downturn are heading home “with nothing in their pockets,” reports the Brazilian Times.

Luis Salazar as "Payasito Chiquitin." Photo by Paul DeBenedetto/DNAinfo.

Photograher Finds New Life as Clown

Queens, South American September 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

As a kid, Peruvian Luis Salazar’s dream was to became a photographer, like his father was for the Peruvian newspaper El Tiempo. But instead, for the last 20 years he’s make a living as the well-know clown “Payasito Chiquitin” in Queens.

The Pulaski Day Parade would like the Empire State Building red and white on Oct. 7 (Photo by AS/The Nowy Dziennik)

Empire State Bldg. Undecided About Honoring Pulaski Parade With Lights

Eastern European, History September 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Organizers of the Pulaski Day Parade are still waiting for a response from managers of the Empire State Building about whether they will light the building white and red in honor of the march which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, the Nowy Dziennik reported.

A flier urging residents to oppose the bus stop. (Photo by Ai-Shan Wang/The World Journal)

Chinatown Residents Against Proposed Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Stop

East Asian, Transportation September 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Chinatown residents strongly oppose Greyhound and Peter Pan’s plan to build a large bus stop in their community which they feel would pollute and congest the area, the World Journal reported. Community members recently put up fliers urging residents to voice their opposition.

Making a Living in a Restroom

Making a Living in a Restroom

Featured Posts, Labor, New York September 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

They deal with drunks, dirt and unpleasant odors with patience and politeness. El Diario La Prensa reports on the challenges faced by the women who keep bathrooms clean in the city’s nightclubs, cafes and restaurants.

William Pintado, 29, a day laborer who came to the U.S. as a teenager, says he always dreamed of being a doctor. (Photo by Zaira Cortes/El Diario)

Day Laborers Dream of Deferred Action

Featured Posts, Immigration, Labor, Latino September 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Going to college and taking advantage of the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action policy remains a dream for many day laborers.

On Latino Turf, Bangladeshis Seek Sliver of Power

On Latino Turf, Bangladeshis Seek Sliver of Power

Elections 2012, Featured Posts, Politics, South Asian, Video September 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Two Bangladeshis will run next year for a city council seat in the Bronx, but some worry that the Bangladeshis – a new but growing immigrant community – are reaching for too much too early. They question the value of fielding a Bangladeshi candidate against a political machine that favors Latinos. For many, the question hinges on who wins this week’s 87th Assembly District primary.

Director Mira Nair (in black) with the cast of "Reluctant Fundamentalist," including Kate Hudson (left). Photo by Jinal Shah/South Asian Times.

9/11 Film Seeks to Build Bridges between U.S. and Islamic World

New York, South Asian September 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

The “Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a new movie directed by New Yorker Mira Nair that addresses the prejudices that South Asians endured in the aftermath of 9/11, opened at the Venice Film Festival recently, The South Asian Times reported. Below are some excerpts from of the article.

Photo by Zaira Cortés/El Diario

Save Alianza, Protesters Urge

Economy, Latino September 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Employees of Alianza Dominicana and residents of Washington Heights urged elected officials to save the emblematic organization and help recover thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.

From left. to right.: Gustavo Medina, Marty Kirchner and Roberto Meneses, some of the editors of the bimonthly newspaper "Independent Workers Movement" in Queens. (Photo by Zaira Cortés  via EDLP)

‘The Voice of People who are Rarely Heard’

Labor, Queens September 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

The bimonthly newspaper Movimiento Independiente de Trabajadores (The Independent Workers’ Movement) was launched by day laborers, activists and former union members to address issues that directly affect day laborers.

(Photo by Peter Moskowitz)

Some Korean ‘Parachute Children,’ Face Abuse at Homestays

East Asian, Education September 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

After Voices of NY’s special project on Korean “parachute children,” The Korea Times has continued to report on the practice of “chogi yuhak,” or “early study abroad” for Korean students — including the physical and sexual abuse that some visiting students face in their homestays, and the complaints of host families about their visitors’ misbehavior.