In the News

Fight is joined on Bush cuts

Uncategorized June 27, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) board in late June voted to mount an emergency national mobilization, on the order of the community’s pro-Israel lobbying, to protect endangered human service programs, including many funded by a combination of Jewish philanthropic money and government funding, and to educate Jews aboutRead More

Increased federal government scrutiny of immigration sponsors in the Korean community

Uncategorized June 25, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Federal government has sharpened its investigation of immigration sponsors, especially for Korean immigration. Regulations concerning sponsorship have become more detailed and complicated. Korean business owners and religious institutions, both of which sponsor Korean immigrants as well as the applicants sponsored, are coming under closer scrutiny—and visas are increasingly rejected.Read More

Flushing is working on a pilot program for yellow taxi cabs

Uncategorized June 25, 2003 at 12:00 am

Starting on June 24th, people going back and forth from Flushing noticed more yellow cabs in the neighborhood. City Councilman John Liu announced a pilot program of taxi stands to encourage taxi drivers to start doing business in Flushing. Liu said that his plan will continue for six months, andRead More

Domestic violence among Koreans increases

Uncategorized June 25, 2003 at 12:00 am

Domestic violence is reaching an alarming level among Koreans in New York. Hae-suk Chung, the chief director of the KAFSC (Korean American Family Service Center) which manages a 24-hour domestic violence hotline for Koreans in the greater New York area, said, “We are counseling almost non-stop for domestic violence cases.Read More

Increasing numbers of Koreans leaving New York

Uncategorized June 24, 2003 at 12:00 am

Koreans from New York are leaving for other regions in the United States. Among the most important reasons for migration are the recession in the region, strict business regulations, and the rapid rise in the cost of living. Statistics from the moving industry indicate that the number of long distanceRead More

A Hindu cannot live in the atmosphere currently prevailing in Bangladesh

Uncategorized June 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

The seminar on Hindu and Muslim relations organized by the Bangladesh Secular Forum at Kasturi Country Club at Astoria began normally enough. Dr. Mohsin Siddique, a community leader in New York, said that Hindu and Muslim relations are complex and that ‘communalism’ [the term used by South Asians to describeRead More

For many it was the first time: politicians and community exchange views at Baitul Jannah Muslim community center

Uncategorized June 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

This was the first time a meeting of this nature has been organized at The Baitul Jannah Muslim Community Center on McDonald Avenue. On June 14 Assemblyman James F. Brennan, Councilmember Bill de Blasio were present and heard many Bangladeshis speak. Helaluddin, a community member said, “Bangladeshis are the fastestRead More

In a contest for which married women need not apply, one wins.

Uncategorized June 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

The talk of the town in the Bangladeshi community is that a married woman concealed the fact of her marriage to enter a beauty contest meant only for young “innocents.” But that is just the tip of a story that has shaken moral sensibilities in the community. For one thingRead More

Council Members and activists blast Bloomberg’s Executive Order regarding immigrants

Uncategorized June 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

Earlier this month, City Council Members Hiram Monserrate, John Liu, Bill Perkins and several others, at a press conference on the steps of City Hall, denounced Bloomberg’s new Executive Order 34 that would erode immigrants’ ability to access city services for fear that their status would be revealed to federalRead More

Department of Justice report bolsters 9/11 detainees’ case against Ashcroft

Uncategorized June 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Attorney General Ashcroft brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights include Akil Sachdeva, a native of India, who was detained for three and a half months after a judge ordered his deportation to Canada. “Mr. Sachdeva’s story is typical of all plaintiffs in this case,”Read More

New York sees dramatic shift in population

Uncategorized June 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

A population shift of dramatic proportions is changing the face of New York’s Jewish community as Russians and the Orthodox — many of them poor — now comprise nearly four in 10 Jews in New York City, according to the 2002 New York Jewish Community Study. While the overall JewishRead More

GOP proposes temporary employment as alternative to amnesty for illegal immigrants

Uncategorized June 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

Republican John Cornyn, the senior Senator from Texas and a member of the Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, announced on June 16th, that he will present his proposal for a “guest worker program” before the House. This is such an epochal proposal that Senator Cornyn decidedRead More

Jawshawn’s Law needs a push

Uncategorized June 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

This August it will be one year since 7-year-old Jashawn Parker died in a fire in the apartment building where he lived on DeKalb Avenue in Norwood. We wish we could say the city has moved swiftly to ensure that this never happens again. But there are no new failsafeRead More

Many Indonesian Chinese with expired visas face deportation

Uncategorized June 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

The United States has 13,000 male immigrants who face deportation. Sin-Yen Ling of Asian American Legal and Education Defense Fund said that a large number of them were Indonesian Chinese and that the greater Chinese community should not ignore the significance of that. At first, the Justice Department required nationalsRead More

Korean food businesses in price cutting war

Uncategorized June 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

Price wars among Korean businesses are increasing at a desperate rate. Customers are more sensitive than ever in regard to prices because of the recession. Korean food businesses—markets, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, fast food shops—are engaged in self-destructive bargain sales. Korean markets in New Jersey are giving away gifts to lureRead More