Politics

Hoboken Councilman Ravinder Singh Bhalla (third from left) at an April 9 fundraiser held in Bergen County, New Jersey. (Photo from Facebook)

Sikh Councilman Seeks Re-Election in Hoboken

Elections 2017, Metro Area, Politics, South Asian April 11, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Desi Talk speaks to Ravinder Singh Bhalla, “New Jersey’s only Indian-American Sikh councilman,” as he runs for re-election in Hoboken.

Polling station at Science Park High School in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Ecuadoreans in NJ Voted for the Opposition Candidate

Metro Area, Politics, South American April 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Ecuador’s conservative presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso won in New Jersey and tied in New York in a runoff election marked by low turnout, Reporte Hispano reports.

Jannie Chung (photo via Korea Daily)

Will Two Female Korean-Americans Serve in NJ Assembly?

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics, Women April 5, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Two Korean-American women, one Democratic and one Republican, are running for state assembly seats in districts that have long been strongholds of the party they are opposing, Korea Daily reports.

U.S Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at his swearing in on Jan. 27 (Official Dept. of Defense photo)

‘Fake News’ and the Korean Elections

East Asian, New York, Politics March 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

Fake news is spreading in the Korean community in connection with the forthcoming elections in South Korea, reports The Korea Times.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito welcoming lawmakers and activists to the March 27-28 conference on Sanctuary Cities (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

In NYC, Sanctuary City Leaders Strategize

Communities, Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics March 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm

Lawmakers and activists from around the country gathered in NYC for the first-ever convening to develop sanctuary city policies.

Jenny Hou’s family and supporters (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Jenny Hou Avoids Deportation

East Asian, Immigration, New York, Politics March 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Jenny Hou, the former treasurer of John Liu’s mayoral campaign who was convicted over fundraising irregularities in 2013, will not be deported, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Bayside resident Ted Han placed an advertisement celebrating the United States-South Korea alliance at the intersection of Northern and Parsons boulevards in Flushing. He worries that the states’ relationship will be hurt by the front-runner to become president of South Korea. (Photo provided to Queens Chronicle)

Generational Divide in Queens on Park’s Impeachment

East Asian, Politics, Queens March 23, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Queens Chronicle finds that much of the reaction among Korean Americans in the borough to the impeachment of the South Korean president is split along age lines.

Republican mayoral candidate Paul Massey dining in Chinatown recently with community leaders. (Photo by April Xu via Sing Tao Daily)

Paul Massey Visits Chinatown

East Asian, Manhattan, Politics March 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Republican mayoral candidate Paul Massey recently visited Chinatown, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Juliet Payabyab (right) with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz during the celebration of Philippine American Friendship Day in June 2016. (Photo via The FilAm)

A FilAm Leader’s Foray into Politics

Politics, Queens, Southeast Asian March 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm

The FilAm profiles Filipino-American community leader Juliet Payabyab who, after more than four decades of living in Astoria, is getting involved in local politics and applying for a community board seat.

Jenifer Rajkumar, Gov. Cuomo’s Director of Immigration Affairs meets an immigrant family in New York. (Photo by Sultan Khan via News India Times))

Rajkumar on New NYS Immigration Affairs Post

Immigration, New York, Politics, South Asian March 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Jenifer Rajkumar has been named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be the new director of Immigration Affairs for New York State, News India Times reports.

Maria Torres-Springer (Photo by Lambert Parong/ Kababayan Media via The FilAm)

Putting Political Hopes in Torres-Springer

Government, Manhattan, Politics, Southeast Asian March 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm

At a Philippine Consulate event for International Women’s Day, attendees praised Housing Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer for her political success, reports The FilAm.

Carlina Rivera (Photo via El Diario)

Housing and Immigration, Priorities For Latina Running For City Council

Latino, Manhattan, Politics, Women March 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm

City Council candidate Carlina Rivera, of Puerto Rican heritage, seeks to bring on a new generation of Latina leaders in the city, as 3 of 4 Latina council members end their term this year, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Yuh-Line Niou at a budget hearing on Feb. 15. (Photo via @yuhline/Twitter)

Yuh-Line Niou in Albany

Asian, Manhattan, New York, Politics March 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm

Gotham Gazette catches up with Yuh-Line Niou after her first month and a half as the Assembly member representing Sheldon Silver’s former seat.

From left: Democratic Party operatives Arvind Swamy and Cheryl Quinio-Blodgett, Bergenfield Council member Salvador Deauna, and Consul General Tess Dizon-De Vega. (Photo by Lambert Parong/Kababayan Media via The FilAm)

Why Some FilAms Don’t Donate to Political Campaigns

Metro Area, Politics, Southeast Asian March 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

At the “Filipino Americans in Politics” forum in New Jersey, a 70-year-old first-time public official in Bergen County shares his experiences, and panelists look at why FilAms do not tend to financially support candidates, reports The FilAm.

Hiram Monserrate (Photo via Queens Latino)

Monserrate on Returning to Politics

Latino, Politics, Queens March 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Queens Latino interviews Hiram Monserrate on returning to local politics in Queens.