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Japanese officials tried to remove the Comfort Women monument in Palisades Park, N.J. (photo by Steve Chong)

Japanese Efforts to Remove N.J. ‘Comfort Women’ Monument Backfire

History, In the News May 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

A Japanese effort to get a New Jersey town to remove its monument to Korean “Comfort Women” who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese army during World War II has galvanized Korean-American organizations, who have now stepped forward and vowed to build many more memorials.

(Image via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Voices in Focus: Forward Wins Battle to Display Washington’s Letter to Jews

Health, History May 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

A victory for a newspaper that has campaigned for the public display of George Washington’s 1790 letter to Jews; Tony Avella defends his push for English signage; some advice for Latinas on how to deal with postpartum depression; and a new mural in Queens offers education with its art.

Photo via New York Ilbo

Japanese Effort to Remove N.J. ‘Comfort Women’ Monument Angers Koreans

History, Politics May 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Efforts by Japanese government officials to remove the first U.S. monument to the Asian women forced into sexual slavery by Japan’s army during World War II has infuriated Koreans. New Jersey town officials say that Japanese legislators offered library books and trees in return for removing a monument to the “Comfort Women.”

From Cinco de Mayo’s Little-Known History to Its Celebrated Food (and Drink)

From Cinco de Mayo’s Little-Known History to Its Celebrated Food (and Drink)

History, Latino, Mexican May 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

With Mexicans making up 10.3 percent of the U.S. population, Cinco de Mayo has become an American celebration. But many gringos seem to mistakenly think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day — or an homage to the blessed margarita cocktail. Here’s what it’s really about.

Two Decades Later, Memories Still Vivid For Children of the L.A. Riots

Two Decades Later, Memories Still Vivid For Children of the L.A. Riots

History April 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Reporter Jorge Rivas, who has his own memories of living through the Los Angeles riots of 1992 as a child, captured the stories of others his age in an impressive video project for Colorlines.

David Cambray's family: (Top) Ramón Gascón Faro, Antonia Agustina and Sebastián Cambray Pueyo; (seated) María Cambray Pueyo, María Armengol Soler and Agustín Cambray Pueyo; and the children Ramón Gascón Cambray, Joseph and James Cambray Armengol. (Photo via El Diario/La Prensa)

A Spanish Family’s Century-Old American Story

Featured Posts, History, Immigration April 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

From the late 19th century until 1931, tens of thousands of Spanish immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, including a man named Agustín Cambray Puello. El Diario introduces us to his grandson, David Cambray, a Spanish-American who has traced the story of his family on both sides of the Atlantic.

Profile: A Reluctant Hero Turns 90

Profile: A Reluctant Hero Turns 90

History, Religion April 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

As he prepared to turn 90 yesterday, Kew Gardens resident Fred Friedman finally opened up about his daring adventures to save Jews during World War II by disguising himself as a non-Jew, and as a member of the Gestapo.

Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica may have a new life as an Israeli handicrafts and kosher coffee shop. (Photo by By Paul Berger / The Jewish Daily Forward)

Judaica Store’s Savior Seeks to Rebuild LES Jewish Community

Business, History April 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

For developer Michael Bolla, restoring the ailing Israel Wholesale & Retail Judaica store on Essex Street is part of his larger plan to bring Jews back to the Lower East Side.

(Photo form  6MIX at Hunter College)

In New Jersey, a Salvadorian Repays His Debt to Nature

Environment, History April 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

In 1986, the trees of the El Salvador rainforest kept Javier Rodriguez safe from El Salvador’s civil war. Now, as a tree surgeon in New Jersey, Rodriguez tries to return the favor by using eco-friendly practices and donating tree trunks to be reused as wood rather than junked.

This striking photo from The Jackson Heights Herald shows the controversial pedestrian plaza on 37th Road. (Photo by The Jackson Heights Herald)

Voices in Focus: Controversy Over Two Buildings and a Plaza

Culture, History April 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Today in the ethnic and community press, we found reporting on an unwanted pedestrian plaza, two buildings cherished by immigrant communities, and a decadent treat on offer in Washington Heights.

This building at 19 Mott St., owned by Jan Lee, is one of many that were recently taxed to support the Chinatown BID. (Photo by DNAinfo/Julie Shapiro)

Voices in Focus: As Israel Boycott at Co-op Falls, Anti-Boycott Movement Rises

History, Politics March 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Two activists who oppose Israel boycotts are profiled in The Jewish Week; Chinatown businesses question their first bill from a new business improvement district; a Harlem historian plans a “Freedom Trail” of abolitionist sites in New York City; and a Bowery newsstand owner gets a temporary reprieve.

Morgan Powell during his walking historical tour of the African-American experience near the Bronx River.

‘The Bronx River’s Afro-American heritage’

African American, Bronx, Culture, History November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

The Bronx River Alliance joins a passionate historian to reveal a hidden history along the shore of the Bronx River, unearthing the sites where slaves toiled, where blacks fought alongside the British in exchange for their freedom and where an angry mob resisted the Civil War draft.