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Jackson Heights is changing

Uncategorized October 19, 2002 at 12:00 am

Jackson Heights in Queens is changing. At least, the composition of its population is. This was reflected during the Diwali (festival of lights) celebrations held on 74th Street on Oct. 13 when in addition to the Indian Bollywood songs and dances, there were elements of entertainment from Pakistan and Bangladesh.Read More

Pakistani Christians stage protest in New York

Uncategorized October 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

Christians from Pakistan, who comprise about three percent of the population, staged a demonstration outside the United Nations office in New York on Oct. 10 in protest against “repression” of the community by “successive Pakistani governments, including the present Musharraf regime.” Shouting “let Christians in Pakistan live,” the protesters, numberingRead More

Asian groups support Democrat McCall against Pataki

Uncategorized October 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

New York City’s Asian immigrant groups registered a first last week, when they got together to throw their collective weight behind Democratic contender for the New York State gubernatorial race Carl McCall. Even as McCall closed the gap with incumbent George E. Pataki, the Asian American community in New YorkRead More

The cemetery nobody wants

Uncategorized October 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

To get to her parents’ graves, Beth Rocke, 77, rides the A train more than an hour from Morningside Heights in Manhattan to Ozone Park, Queens. Rocke, who sometimes needs a cane, slowly descends the stairs of the shabby elevated train station, then walks past modest homes, industrial buildings andRead More

Asian organizations fight against discrimination: Costume maker recalls Kung Fu mask

Uncategorized October 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

Asian organizations accused San Diego-based costume maker Disguise, Inc., of discrimination because their Kung Fu-style mask, which Disguise, Inc. put on the market this September in time for Halloween. The mask was sold with a set of Kung Fu clothes, and depicted a bucktoothed, slant-eyed Kung Fu figure, with aRead More

Whom should American Muslims vote for? Republicans, Democrats or the Green Party

Uncategorized October 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

In the 2000 presidential elections most American Muslims, including Pakistani Americans, voted for Republican George Bush. I was one of those who championed the cause of the Republican Party. Many Muslims who are Democrats crossed party lines and voted Republican after Muslim organizations pointed out the enthusiasm that Joe LiebermanRead More

American Muslims protest slandering of Prophet Muhammad at CBS offices

Uncategorized October 17, 2002 at 12:00 am

Christian-right extremist Jerry Falwell’s comment that the Prophet Mohammed was a “terrorist” on “60 Minutes” prompted a large protest of the CBS-TV offices on Oct. 8. Many in the media, as well as prominent ministers and rabbis, also expressed dismay at Falwell and CBS. Many Muslims have responded to theRead More

Multiracial procession demands Mijanur’s killers be tried under hate crime legislation

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

A silent procession of many immigrant groups was held on Oct. 5, on the city line between Ozone Park, Queens and East New York, Brooklyn where renowned Bangladeshi photojournalist Mijanur Rahman was killed by a group of Hispanic men on Aug. 11, 2002, while he was returning home from work.Read More

Bar’s Bloody Mary promotion shakes up Irish sensibilities

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

After complaints from several Irish people, an East Village bar removed posters from its windows last Wednesday that used the Union Jack and the words “Bloody Sundays” for a Bloody Mary drinks promotion. The posters, measuring about 8 feet by 11 inches, were replaced later in the week with almostRead More

Councilman Alan Gerson works with several Chinese organizations to initiate an Asian American Art and Culture Center

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

A special committee has been set up for economic recovery and improving the cultural atmosphere in the battered lower Manhattan, Councilman Alan Gerson announced yesterday. At the same time, he required the city, state and federal governments to allocate funds to build an Asian American Culture Center in the downtownRead More

The Jews of the Arab world: a community unto itself

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

They speak Arabic. They listen to Arabic music. They eat Arabic food. Were you to pass by an Arab Jewish synagogue during prayer, you would hear strains of music by Om Kolthoum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and Sayed Darwiche. And yet, here in New York, they are not considered a partRead More

Cash flow to campaign coffers

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

Christian-right extremist Jerry Falwell’s comment that the Prophet Mohammed was a “terrorist” on “60 Minutes” prompted a large protest of the CBS-TV offices on Oct. 8. Many in the media, as well as prominent ministers and rabbis, also expressed dismay at Falwell and CBS. Many Muslims have responded to theRead More

Why you should join the PTA

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

I became a member of my daughter’s school Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in the hope that I would make a difference. My wife and I worked very hard to prepare our daughter for school. She learned to read and write before she was three years old. We made sure sheRead More

Injured workers and police conflict, four were arrested in Albany

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

A team of injured workers marching in a protest in Albany ended up in a conflict with police on Oct. 15. The conflict led to the arrests of four organizers, including the executive director of the Chinese Staff &Workers Association, Wing Lam. All four were released when the march wasRead More

1,000 deaths in the high seas: Senegalese community in America mobilizes to assist victims and families

Uncategorized October 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

The Senegalese community in America is mobilizing to meet the challenges posed by the worst ferry disaster in Africa, as well as one of the worst in the world. The Senegalese ferry, Le Joola, capsized in a treacherous storm off the coast of Gambia on Sept. 26. Officially, there wereRead More