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Fracas about deportation of a Bangladeshi: INS forced to bring him back during asylum application

Uncategorized August 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

The INS was forced to bring back a deported Bangladeshi from Bangladesh after long battle surrounding the deportation. Mohammed Arif Rashid is the Bangladeshi man who is at the focal point of this bubble. Arif Rashid, 26, resident of Gendaria of Dhaka, arrived at the Los Angeles airport with aRead More

Yeshiva University changes housing policy: Medical school to allow same-sex couples to share housing

Uncategorized August 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

After a four-year battle to maintain control over who can share living quarters at its Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University quietly changed its policy this month, avoiding a trial in the lawsuit brought by lesbian students who claimed discrimination. Under the previous policy, unmarried couples were allowed toRead More

We are partners, not competitors: Korean nail salons cooperate to survive together

Uncategorized August 13, 2002 at 12:00 am

Korean nail salons are suffering from severe competition with each other. It’s the most troublesome problem in the nail salon business, as the number of salons increase in the New York and New Jersey area. Nail salons in Closter, New Jersey, began experimenting with the strategy of “surviving together” severalRead More

Tuberculosis increases only among Asians; health officials say undocumented immigrants are the primary reason

Uncategorized August 12, 2002 at 12:00 am

New York University experts and New York Health Department officials pointed out that only the Asian community experienced an increase in the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) among all the communities in New York. Experts suggested that new undocumented immigrants—who did not receive physical check-ups before leaving China, nor once inRead More

In surprise raids, INS arrests over 100 undocumented Korean immigrants

Uncategorized August 12, 2002 at 12:00 am

Over the last two weeks, the Immigration and Naturalization Service arrested more than 100 illegal Korean immigrants in New York and New Jersey. According to Korean immigration lawyers, INS investigators in New York and New Jersey began raiding Korean residences and businesses in late July, arresting those who are undocumentedRead More

Janitors demand higher wages

Uncategorized August 12, 2002 at 12:00 am

The SEIU 32BJ Youth Brigade marched in Newark yesterday to protest what the union is calling, “the unfair treatment and low salaries of the janitors of this building, contracted by Planned Building Services, Inc.” The protest took the form of “street theater;” 32BJ members dramatized the working conditions inside theRead More

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory’s twenty five year legend

Uncategorized August 11, 2002 at 12:00 am

Read through any Chinatown tour guide, and in addition to dim sum, there will always be a recommendation to try ice cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF), on Bayard Street. Actually, as one of the oldest Chinese-run ice cream stores, the 25-year-old CICF has already attracted a largeRead More

The Katyn monument will not be moved

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

A Jersey City waterfront monument honoring thousands of Polish officers killed by the Soviet Secret Police in 1939 will not be moved, decided the three board members of the Jersey City 9/11 Committee, which has the mission of building a monument on the Jersey City waterfront to memorialize the victimsRead More

Personal enmity within the Pakistani community responsible for many arrests, according to a senior Pakistani Embassy official

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

Imran Ali, second secretary at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C., recently spoke about the arrests and deportations of Pakistanis living in the United States. Ali, who is responsible for dealing with the arrests and deportations, said some surprising things. He attributed an “alarming” 30 percent of post-September 11th arrestsRead More

Series of thefts threatens Korean-owned stores in the Bronx; the Korean Business Association asks police to increase patrol

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

In the Bronx, where Korean-owned stores are heavily concentrated, a recent increase in theft has left business owners uneasy and demanding a high level of caution. According to the Federation of Korean Business Associations of Bronx, there have been two break-ins within the last week, around 170th Street and JeromeRead More

Many criticize Pataki for use of Liberty Bonds

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

An organization that tracks city finance voiced their disapproval of Gov. George Pataki’s decision to use the money from Liberty Bonds to construct luxury apartments in lower Manhattan, ignoring the needs of poor people. Congress authorized Liberty Bonds in response to the September 11th attacks; these bonds are worth $8Read More

Kosher tale nabs a “frankenfish”

Uncategorized August 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

Dick Horne was at a loss. How do you get a live, illegal, non-native fish—a fish that scavenges and destroys the local ecosystem when it is put in an alien habitat—when nobody is selling them? Easy—pretend you’re an Orthodox Jew. Apparently, it worked. Horne, the co-proprietor of the American DimeRead More

Where new immigrants rushed in, median income dropped: Chinese community’s median household income slid in the last decade

Uncategorized August 8, 2002 at 12:00 am

TriBeCa and Chinatown are divided by only one street—Broadway. However, the disparity between the rich on the west side of Broadway, and poor on the east side of Broadway, grew in the last decade. According to a newly released scholarly analysis of census data, the median household income in TriBeCaRead More

NYC budget crisis derails Haitian liaison post in Brooklyn

Uncategorized August 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

When he took office in January, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said he would hire a Haitian person to serve as a liaison with the community and his office, but eight months later, there is still no one in that post. A personnel officer in Markowitz’ human resources department saidRead More

Museum for the people

Uncategorized August 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

The revolution is back and this time…it’s cultural. The search for a new director for El Museo del Barrio has begun behind closed doors, excluding the community that gave it birth. Educators, activists and professionals in harmony with Community Board 11 are clamoring for representation in the selection process thatRead More