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Fuzhou Province immigration increasing, rivaling Cantonese. Immigrants moving to Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn

Uncategorized June 16, 2002 at 12:00 am

In the mid-1980s, the number of Chinese immigrants with Taisan and Guangzhou background outnumbered North Eastern immigrants. They moved to Sunset Park’s Eighth Avenue, successfully establishing the “third Chinatown.” In the year 2000, Eighth Avenue experienced another change—an increasing number of Fuzhou immigrants moved into the area, and, as aRead More

Four U.S. airlines sued for bias in offloading passengers

Uncategorized June 14, 2002 at 12:00 am

Five civil rights lawsuits filed on June 4 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), other nongovernmental entities and individuals have charged American, Continental, Northwest and United Airlines with having blatantly discriminated against five men, including two of South Asian descent. The five men were allegedly offloaded from flights basedRead More

Union members demand employment protection

Uncategorized June 14, 2002 at 12:00 am

SEIU 32BJ members protested in front of City Hall on June 13. The doormen, porters and elevator operators demanded a three month employment safeguard after a building’s ownership changes.

Colorful SALGA parade kicks off Gay Pride Month

Uncategorized June 14, 2002 at 12:00 am

Several gay and lesbian organizations, including the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA), paraded the streets of Jackson Heights in Queens on June 2 to kick of the Gay Pride Month. It is also the 10th annual gay pride parade organized by the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee,Read More

Recruitment at Masajid

Uncategorized June 14, 2002 at 12:00 am

The United States is home to millions of immigrants from all around the world. These teeming millions have come to these shores for various reasons, some fleeing persecution, others hunger and poverty. The nation’s history is made up of the monumental works undertaken by the immigrant communities. Freedom—political, economic, religious,Read More

Happy barbeque

Uncategorized June 14, 2002 at 12:00 am

It’s early summer, the daylight lasts until eight p.m., the breeze blows softly and green is becoming deeper. Finally, barbeque season has arrived. Koreans who barbeque outdoors mainly come from Brazil and Argentina. They have a group, called “Paulista,” who enjoy barbeque a lot. Among them, Wha-chun Lee, 51, whoRead More

Multi-ethnic America

Uncategorized June 12, 2002 at 12:00 am

Visa system reform in the United States may drastically change the make-up of American society. Transforming America into a country of immigrants (26 million, not including the five million undocumented) could be successfully halted, but only for a short while. The largest ever number of immigrants settled in the UnitedRead More

The Guacimal affair: Journalists released but nine others languish, uncharged, in jail,

Uncategorized June 12, 2002 at 12:00 am

On June 8, the Haitian government released journalists Darwin St. Julien of Haïti Progrès and Allan Deshommes of Radio Atlantique, 13 days after they were severely beaten and illegally arrested on May 27 while covering a demonstration in Guacimal, near St. Raphael, Haiti. They were never charged with any crime.Read More

Police enforcement of immigration law protested

Uncategorized June 11, 2002 at 12:00 am

The Bush Administration’s proposal to authorize local and state police to report immigration violations to Immigration and Nationalization Services (INS) faces opposition by immigrant rights groups. If it is approved by the Department of Justice, the proposal will put racial profiling into effect and is expected to aggravate relations betweenRead More

Poles not discouraged by their team’s defeat, hearts are with Poland

Uncategorized June 8, 2002 at 12:00 am

Polish soccer fans in Greenpoint wiped away their tears after the Polish team lost to Korea. Despite the loss, they will continue to support their national team. Even immigrants with dual citizenship don’t want to root for the American team, who in fact play really well. “I’m an American citizenRead More

Poles not discouraged by their team's defeat, hearts are with Poland

Uncategorized June 8, 2002 at 12:00 am

Polish soccer fans in Greenpoint wiped away their tears after the Polish team lost to Korea. Despite the loss, they will continue to support their national team. Even immigrants with dual citizenship don’t want to root for the American team, who in fact play really well. “I’m an American citizenRead More

Clinging to hope and memories, relatives of September 11th victims face uncertain future

Uncategorized June 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

The last steel column from Ground Zero was removed May 30, but not the misery of those who lost everything on September 11th. Many immigrants may not even get to see the remains of their loved ones as they are pressured to pack up and leave the land that gaveRead More

A Question of Loyalty: Korean-Americans face a dilemma as Korea challenges the United States in the World Cup

Uncategorized June 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

Some Korean-Americans are finding themselves in an awkward spot as they await the World Cup match between Korea and the United States on June 10. Although they will unquestioningly support Korea, most feel uncomfortable openly showing their desire for the defeat of their country of residence. Furthermore, some Korean-Americans whoRead More

Bedroom Brawl In Williamsburg

Uncategorized June 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

A powerful assemblyman in Williamsburg says he’ll block state funding for a badly needed housing development if it contains too many subsidized apartments earmarked for Hasidim, or if Latino leaders are denied input on the project. “I can’t support something that doesn’t reflect the housing needs of the community thatRead More

Foreigners Come to the NBA

Uncategorized June 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

In the agreement between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the players’ union, there is a clause providing $350,000 for each team to buy the contract of a foreign player. Often this sum is not nearly enough. The NBA is gradually becoming international. For the time being, of course, itRead More