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Members of the Tibetan community praying at a recent Lakhar in Jackson Heights (Photo courtesy of Pasang G Sherpa)

Tibetans in NY Eagerly Await Dalai Lama

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens October 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Tibetans in the New York area, who will go to the Javits Center to hear the Dalai Lama on Nov. 5, try to maintain their religious and cultural ties, with some of them meeting weekly in Jackson Heights.

A “compassionate release life.” (Photo via Open City)

Making Good on Buddhist ‘Mercy Releases’

Asian, Environment, New York October 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Animal groups are working with Buddhist leaders and temples to perform more humane “mercy releases,” a practice in which animals held captive are set free. Releasing them in NYC parks and waterways, however, has led to unintended, and often deadly, consequences, finds a piece in Open City.

Members of the Samul-nori ensemble (Photo courtesy of Korean Performing Arts Center)

Bringing Traditional Korean Arts to New York

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts October 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Singers, drummers and dancers presented traditional Korean arts at Sympony Space.

Will fierce competition cause Chinese-owned liquor stores to end up like the restaurants and supermarkets no longer in operation? (Photo by Hubert Lu via World Journal)

Competition Intensifies among Chinese-Run Liquor Stores

Business, East Asian October 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm

With more and more Chinese-run liquor stores getting licensed, fierce competition may drive some out of business, reports World Journal.

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian October 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

In Queens on Oct. 24, about 300 Newah people celebrated their Nepali new year and a ritual purification of the self, Mha Puja.

Crosswalk on Main St. in Flushing, Queens (Photo by Julius Motal for Voices of NY)

Asian Americans Boost Their Political Clout

Asian, Featured Posts, NY Immigrant Experience, Politics October 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Asian Americans are boosting their political clout by getting the vote out and pushing politicians to be more responsive to their needs.

On Oct. 22, Gloria Oh, a councilwoman in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, held a press conference charging that she was the victim of a "racist political attack." (Photo via Korea Daily)

NJ Politician Charges Critics With Anti-Korean Racism

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics October 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Gloria Oh says flyers have singled her out for criticism in connection with the proposed LG construction because she is Korean American, reports Korea Daily.

Mark Bustos and Graham, whose story is posted on Bustos' Instagram page

Filipino Roots Behind Stylist’s Haircuts for the Homeless

Manhattan, Southeast Asian October 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

An Asian Journal piece looks at how a trip to his parents’ native Philippines influenced hair stylist Mark Bustos to cut the hair of people living on the streets of Manhattan.

Nancy Tong (Photo by Kimberly Conner for Voice of NY)

Brooklyn’s First Asian American District Leader Aims to Help

Brooklyn, East Asian, Politics October 21, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Nancy Tong, the first Asian-American district leader in Brooklyn, wants to help open more pre-K facilities and promote affordable housing for seniors.

Kwang Young Chun in front of one of the works in his "Aggregation" series on view at Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York (Photo by Yehyun Kim for Voices of NY))

Korean Artists on View in New York

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Voices' Picks October 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Three Korean artists currently are on exhibit in New York, with works using very different materials but demonstrating a common interest in humanity.

Fujimoto’s brother Lee Tae-ki in an old photo (Photo via The Korea Times)

After 45 Years, Japanese-Korean Siblings Speak

East Asian October 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm

A Japanese-Korean woman in New York separated from her brother during World War II finally spoke to him, by phone, for the first time in over four decades, reports The Korea Times.

(Image via Sing Tao Daily)

Fighting for The Dream: A Book about Chinese-American Veterans

East Asian, History October 20, 2014 at 3:56 pm

In this story from Sing Tao Daily, Victoria Moy, the granddaughter of a WWII veteran from Chinatown, uncovers the history of Chinese-American veterans from WWII to Afghanistan – and tells why for her grandfather, serving in the military was the happiest time of his life.

(Photo via The Korea Times)

Korean Cafés Go Organic

East Asian, Food, Manhattan October 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Korean cafés and restaurants in New York are adding many organic items to their menus, The Korea Times reports.

Khumariyaan lead guitarist Sparlay Rawail claps during their performance on Sunday. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Pashto Music Comes to New York

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, South Asian October 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Members of the instrumental group Khumariyaan held their fourth concert of a U.S. tour at the Asia Society in New York on Oct. 12, melding traditional folk music and modern music.

(Photo via World Journal)

Future Bleak for Small Businesses in Flushing?

Business, East Asian, Queens October 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm

As development in downtown Flushing drives up rent and property taxes, small businesses must relocate, sublet, split and rent out space, or lay off employees, World Journal finds.