Top 20 Stories of 2013

Top 20 stories of 2013 (photo collage by Jiwon Choi, Voices of NY)

Voices of NY’s Top 20 for 2013

Featured Posts, Top 20 Stories of 2013, Voices' Picks December 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

High-impact stories from community and ethnic media outlets.

At only 24, Crystalyn Costa opened a Hawaiian restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Photo by Juliette Dekeyser/Voices of NY)

Native Hawaiians Keep Their ‘Aloha Spirit’ in NYC

Hawaiian food, hula dancing and ukelele workshops offer homesick Hawaiians reminders of home.

(Photo by Eric Yao, Creative Commons license)

What’s in a Chinese Name? For Politicians, Plenty

Savvy city politicians enlist help to choose elegant Chinese names.

Chinatown has plenty of iconic sights – the signs, the shops, the crowds –but not one all-encompassing landmark. That soon may change. (Photo by Adam Fagen, Creative Commons license)

Chinatown BID Pushes Dream of a Gate

Unlike Chinatowns across the world, the one in Manhattan has no arch beckoning New Yorkers and tourists. But a plan that started four decades ago may finally be coming into fruition, reports World Journal.

Generational shifts, moderate voices and intercultural marriages characterize Jewish Americans in the first comprehensive and independent survey of the community. (Photo by asterix611, Creative Commons license)

Forward Dissects Major Report on US Jews

A Pew survey on Jewish Americans has found members of the community turning away from conservative factions as growing numbers step away from the religion and marry outside of the faith. An editorial in The Jewish Daily Forward lays out proposals to sustain the future of the community.

Muslim worshippers coming out of view of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak)

Muslim Community in Shock Over AP Revelations

Muslims are in shock over revelations that the NYPD designated certain mosques as “terrorist organizations.”

Campaigns Embrace Spanish, But What Are They Saying?

Campaigns Embrace Spanish, But What Are They Saying?

Candidates’ efforts to reach Latino voters in their native language leaves a lot to be desired.

‘Hijabistas’ Help Muslim Fashion Grow

‘Hijabistas’ Help Muslim Fashion Grow

U.S.-based designers and bloggers, know as hijabistas, hijabis and turbanistas, may be jolting stereotypes, reports Women’s eNews.

Ethnic Media is More Than a Niche

Ethnic Media is More Than a Niche

Why is ethnic media still relatively invisible and what are the costs if this trend continues?

Farm Hands Disconnected from Immigration Reform

Farm Hands Disconnected from Immigration Reform

Mexican and Central American workers in upstate New York, know little about immigration reform and whether it could help them, finds El Diario-La Prensa. Being on a farm, they have scant contact with the outside world and just want to earn a living.

Vanessa Rivera-Abusaker and Sussie Lozada. (Photo by Victor Matos via El Diario-La Prensa)

Latina Muslims Face Ridicule, Find Peace

El Diario-La Prensa profiles three Latinas who have converted to Islam and face harassment from fellow Hispanics. From being called “Talibana” to trying to balance a religion seen as disparate, the women nonetheless hold strong to Islam, where they’ve found peace of mind.

(Photo by Devan Mulvaney/Voices of NY)

Weiner Justifies Presence in Race, Asserts Agenda

In a Q&A with members of the community and ethnic media, mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner shared his views on affordable housing, fines on small businesses, and Raymond Kelly, among other topics. On the defensive in discussing how he has spent his time since he left Congress following a sexting scandal two years ago, he averred that getting back into public service was a way to “repay” his debt.

Fujianese Immigrants Fuel Growth, Changes

Fujianese Immigrants Fuel Growth, Changes

The influx of Fuzhou immigrants over four decades has impacted major businesses in the Chinese community, reports Sing Tao Daily in a special report that focuses on the Fuzhounese influence in the garment, restaurant and bus industries.

(Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Unconscious Polish Immigrant Patient Sent to Hospital Back Home

An uninsured Polish man suffered a stroke and without his consent or knowledge, was sent from a N.J. hospital to one in southwestern Poland, reports Nowy Dziennik. Diplomats question the legality of the move and fear it could set a dangerous precedent.

Push to Bring Halal Food to Schools Tests Candidates  ­­

Push to Bring Halal Food to Schools Tests Candidates ­­

The absence of halal menu choices in New York’s public schools has become a political issue in New York’s mayoral campaign as Democratic candidates look for ways to appeal to an estimated 105,000 registered Muslim voters.