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Fear of U.S.-based Bangladeshis rises as protesters attack American businesses in Dhaka

Uncategorized April 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

Bangladeshis living in the United States are frightened following a recent attack on American institutions in Dhaka. News that 5,000 to 10,000 people from Bangladesh may leave for Iraq to fight against the United States has also been a matter of concern for Bangladeshis living here. Many Bangladeshis said thatRead More

Posthumous citizenship not extended to relatives

Uncategorized April 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services announced in an official memo that it would not extend benefits to the families of deceased soldiers seeking posthumous citizenship. “It is an honorary status in commemoration of the valor and the sacrifice of the deceased,” BCIS explained in the memo. Immigration ServicesRead More

Korean-American immigration lawyer on military service

Uncategorized April 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

Whenever men in Korea engage in a conversation about life in the military, there are usually a couple of men who listen without participating. This is probably because these men either have been exempt from the compulsory military service requirement or served as a part of the defense corps, aRead More

Bollywood show biz in New York

Uncategorized April 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

Last Saturday, the war raged on in Iraq, and demonstrators chanted for peace in Manhattan. But, 90 miles away, at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, thousands of people dressed in bright clothes and fashionable jewelry braved the rain and formed serpentine queues to attend a concert. Inside the Coliseum,Read More

Many Koreans’ illegal home improvements exposed

Uncategorized April 10, 2003 at 12:00 am

The New York Department of Buildings is nabbing an increasing number of Koreans for making illegal improvements to their homes. Many Korean homeowners in Queens improved their basements, attics, upper floors, even garages—usually to make room for illegal tenants—without first obtaining the necessary permits from the city. A task forceRead More

Pakistanis continue to flee to Canada

Uncategorized April 9, 2003 at 12:00 am

After the Special Registration deadline, U.S. Pakistanis continue to stream into Canada, fearing arrest and deportation in this country. A significant number of them received NTAs (Notice To Appear) upon registering in their hometowns in the United States. The process for seeking asylum in Canada is that asylum seekers setRead More

Our future

Uncategorized April 9, 2003 at 12:00 am

Brooklyn’s Coney Island Avenue, often referred to as “Little Pakistan,” was once lively at all hours of the day. Now it wears a grim face. Far fewer people are on the streets and in the shops. A public school on Coney Island Avenue has a large population of Pakistani kids,Read More

Three students deported upon reentry at JFK

Uncategorized April 9, 2003 at 12:00 am

Immigration authorities at JFK deported three Pakistani students who failed to register before leaving the country. They were refused entry upon their return, their student visas were cancelled and they were deported almost immediately. Their parting instructions were to reapply for their visas from Islamabad. All three students were fromRead More

A ray of hope for the street vendors in El Barrio

Uncategorized April 8, 2003 at 12:00 am

A ray of hope for the street vendors in El Barrio, by Juana Ponce de León, Siempre, 8 April 2003. Translated from Spanish by Juana Ponce de León. On this Saturday, just like most Saturdays for the last three years, Julia and her daughters arrive at the corner of 116Read More

Haitian community struggles to find adequate legal assistance

Uncategorized April 8, 2003 at 12:00 am

For more than five years, Marie has paid in cash for the rent on her two-bedroom Flatbush apartment. She did so because the building superintendent convinced her that cash would be more convenient. But everything went awry when she received a letter from the building owner hauling her to courtRead More

Libraries cooperate to build website for new immigrants

Uncategorized April 8, 2003 at 12:00 am

What do the stripes on the flag represent? How do people elect the President of the United States? This information for passing the citizenship examination are located in the immigrant pages of “First Find.” Firstfind.info is a project of the Westchester Library System, with support from the Brooklyn Public Library,Read More

One thousand versions of the same story, but only one truth

Uncategorized April 7, 2003 at 12:00 am

The war against Iraq unleashed opposing viewpoints and thousands of excuses, but only one truth. In one corner: those that insist that the U.S. attack on Baghdad is a necessary measure to protect American security and to liberate the Iraqi people from Saddam’s regime. In the other corner: those whoRead More

Long live the war!’: Anti-pacifist’ demonstrations in Forest Park, Queens

Uncategorized April 6, 2003 at 12:00 am

Approaching Forest Park on April 5, you heard a shouted chorus of “USA! USA! USA!” before even catching a glimpse of the flags. Hundreds of people from Queens followed the appeal of state Senators Serphin Maltese and Tony Di Piazza and came to demonstrate their support of the troops engagedRead More

Korean women are unstoppable

Uncategorized April 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

Some Korean parents’ behavior is having a negative effect on the climate in their children’s schools. Those close to the Parent’s Association said that excessive gift-giving and ostentatious help with school programs is causing discomfort among the majority of parents and school teachers, and harming their image of Korean parents.Read More

Koreans and Jews grasp hands

Uncategorized April 4, 2003 at 12:00 am

New York area Korean and Jewish communities are joining hands—in harmony and cooperation—through the newly founded Korean American Jewish American Forum, or KAJA, which means “let’s go” in Korean. KAJA was named and founded on April 2 in the Manhattan offices of the American Jewish Committee. Dr. Jae-tik Kim, aRead More