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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

Cultural stress highest among Korean students

Uncategorized June 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

Korean students who have been in America for only a few years experience great difficulties, such as stress in school, in their new lives as immigrants. According to recent research the rate of mental health problems is higher for Korean students than any other minority. Dr. Yong-bom Jo, of theRead More

Soup kitchens are not the answer

Uncategorized June 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

Rain or shine, every Saturday at 7:00 a.m.Virginia Reyes is there, cooking. Reyes, 69, arrives early at Saint Joan of Arc Church’s basement in Brooklyn to prepare 20 pounds of rice with chicken, meat, spaghetti, or “whatever is available” to serve approximately 200 people who don’t have enough money toRead More

Foreign-born Hispanic students drop out of school at a higher rate than those born in the United States

Uncategorized June 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

Although the number of Hispanic students that drop-out of school is increasing due to immigration and higher birth rates, the drop out rate among Hispanic students born in the United States has gradually decreased, according to a study by the Pew Hispanic Center. “There are a lot of challenges forRead More

Child health insurance in focus at city council

Uncategorized June 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

A bill to ensure that parents and guardians are regularly informed of public health insurance options available for their children was among several very important pieces of legislation introduced at the June 5th City Council meeting. Council Member Jose Serrano asked his colleagues for their support of a bill thatRead More