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Morrell Caterer’s former general manager Thomas Cataldo, left, and former executive chef Michael Savitsky have alleged that the caterer did not follow kosher protocols.

Allegations of Non-Kosher Catering at Kosher L.I. Weddings

Culture, Food, Long Island, Religion February 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Here’s a decidedly unromantic wedding story for Valentines day: A kosher caterer stands accused of passing off non-kosher food at around 200 upscale Jewish weddings on Long Island.

Homesick Nepalis Gather Around Love Poetry

Culture, Queens, South Asian, Video February 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

In 2010, Binod Roka noticed his children trying to hide their Nepalese heritage in hopes of fitting in at school. To help them appreciate their roots, he co-founded a series of poetry readings, which have become gathering places for Queens’ Nepalese community.

Lea Salonga was the first Asian to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway.

‘Inclusive Casting’ Hasn’t Helped Asians on NY Stage, Report Finds

Asian, Culture, Manhattan February 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Though the Asian American population has rapidly grown, Asian American actors made up only 1.6 percent of all available roles in recent Broadway productions, a new report found.

The 37th Road pedestrian plaza has not been a hit with local business owners.

‘Mother Language Day’ May Bring New Life to Jackson Heights Plaza

Culture, Queens, South Asian February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

Some Jackson Heights merchants have complained that the pedestrianized plaza on 37th Road has hurt their business, but it may become the site of a new city tradition, reported the Queens Chronicle: Bangladeshi groups in Jackson Heights are seeking the city’s permission to observe International Mother Language Day on Feb. 21.

The BDS conference last weekend at University of Pennsylvania was free of expected clashes between participants and pro-Israel groups.

Voices in Focus: Will Competitive Grants for Education Shortchange Poor Districts?

Culture, Education, Opinion, Politics February 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

The Amsterdam News warns that “Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget leaves black and brown communities out in the cold,” The Jewish Daily Forward reports on calls to boycott Israel, and DNAinfo updates us on the Danny Chen case.

Young Soeb Bah, 91, and Young Joo Kwon, 88, will celebrate their 71st year of marriage this year.

‘Faith and Love’ in Face of Hardship is the Secret of 71-Year Marriage

Culture, East Asian, Immigration February 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

The Korean couple Young Soeb Bah, 91, and Young Joo Kwon, 88, wed in Harbin, China on March 3, 1941 and moved to Palisades Park, New Jersey, in 1980, where they live surrounded by their grandchildren and other family. In between, however, the couple suffered many hardships, The Korea Daily reports.

From the Park51 Ruckus Comes a Mission for Interfaith Harmony

From the Park51 Ruckus Comes a Mission for Interfaith Harmony

Culture, In the News, Middle Eastern February 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

During the rancor and frayed tempers of last year’s Park51 Islamic community center controversy — during which some expressed opposition to an Islamic place of worship being placed a few blocks from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan — it was hard to imagine communal harmony as an outcome. And yetRead More

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo now offers Korean translations on his website.

Governor’s Website Offers Korean Translation, Though State Agencies Don’t

Culture, East Asian, New York February 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

After pressure from Korean-Americans, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s website has recently started providing some Korean translations. But the news is only a partial consolation to Korean-Americans, who were dismayed that Korean was excluded from the Statewide Language Access Policy issued on October 6.

The ReelAbilities festival features films about people with disabilities. In ‘Ocean Heaven, Wen Zhang plays an autistic young adult.

Voices in Focus: Child Sex Abuse Victims Fear Deportation in L.A. Case

Culture, Immigration February 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Lawyers for the families of victims in a growing Los Angeles school sex abuse scandal say that they’re afraid to speak to the police for fear of deportation.

A cannoli stand on Mulberry Street for last September's San Gennaro festival.

Another Clash in Little Italy: Quality of Life vs. Cannoli

Culture, Food, Manhattan, New York, Western European February 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Mulberry Street residents say life is already intolerable during September’s San Gennaro festival, and an extension of the festival would only make it worse. Business owners say they need the festival to boost their foot traffic.

Long Island residents aired their complaints about proposed redistricting maps yesterday at a hearing.

Voices in Focus: A Mysterious Drop in Black Unemployment, a Queens Scam and LinSanity

Culture, Economy, Education, Politics, Sports February 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Today we found more reports on redistricting, as well as news of the arrest of a teacher’s aide on child pornography charges in Brooklyn, and of efforts to help victims of a scam that targeted Latinos in Queens.

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Culture, Education, Health, Immigration, Opinion, Politics February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

Teenagers addicted to energy drinks, John McCain’s evolving position on immigration, and sexy M&Ms are on our radar this morning.

Danny Chen died in an apparent suicide after enduring months of racial taunting and attacks, his family and military investigators allege.

Afghanistan Hearing for Soldier Accused in Pvt. Danny Chen’s Death

Culture, East Asian, In the News, Manhattan February 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for today in Afghanistan to determine whether a soldier suspected of involvement in Pvt. Danny Chen’s death should face charges in a military court. Chen’s death has drawn ongoing coverage in the community and ethnic press.

Voices in Focus: Giants Celebrations, Immigration Law and a Soul Flash Mob

Culture, Economy, Latino February 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

In this morning’s linkfest, we have Superbowl celebrations, news for low-wage workers, and some impressive disco dancing.

Photo Finish: Crack a nut for good luck this year

Photo Finish: Crack a nut for good luck this year

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts February 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

A couple shops for chestnuts at H Mart, a Korean grocery store in Flushing, Queens. Koreans believe that biting on a nut will rid one of evil spirits and bring good luck in the lunar new year, which is this Monday, Feb. 6.