A massive fire devastated the Avalon apartment complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, on Jan. 21. (Photo by Anthony Quintano, Creative Commons license)

Korean Efforts to Help Victims of Edgewater Fire

East Asian, Metro Area, Social Services January 23, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Korean community organizations and the Korean Consulate General are providing aid in the wake of the fire in Edgewater, New Jersey, that destroyed most of the Avalon apartment complex, reports The Korea Times. Twenty percent of the residents are of Korean descent.

Lunar New Year’s Resolution: 7 Train Service to Remain Normal

Lunar New Year’s Resolution: 7 Train Service to Remain Normal

East Asian, Queens, Transportation January 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm

The 7 train that serves Flushing, plagued by construction delays, will have normal service during the Lunar New Year in February, World Journal reports.

Marchers at a Korean celebration of the Lunar New Year, 2009 (Photo by  Jeffery DelViscio, Creative Commons license)

‘No! Chinese New Year, Yes! Lunar New Year’

East Asian, Traditions January 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

A New York-based Korean association is launching a campaign, The Korea Times reports, to encourage Americans to use the term “Lunar New Year” rather than “Chinese New Year” to refer to the celebration, which falls on Feb. 19 this year.

From left to right: Flor De Liz Perez, Daniel K. Isaac and Rafael Benoit (Photo by Marie Yokoyama via Downtown Express)

‘A Gay, North Korean Terrorist’ Takes the Stage

East Asian, History, Immigration, LGBTQ, South American January 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

In “Tala,” Korean-Chilean playwright Kyoung H. Park blends stories of couples around the time of Sept. 11 – of 1973 in Chile and 2001 in the U.S. – who get tangled up in conflicts of identity, government and immigration, reports Downtown Express. 

Korean language students at the Korean Culture Center during a lesson. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Diversity in Korean Language Schools

East Asian, Education, New York January 21, 2015 at 3:05 pm

More people not of Korean background are taking Korean language lessons, schools in the city report to The Korea Times.

Michael Limb, chair of Nassau County's Asian Economic Advisory Commission (Photo by Rong Xiaoqing via Sing Tao Daily)

A Chinatown on Long Island?

East Asian, Featured Posts, Long Island, Real Estate January 21, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Some wonder, reports Sing Tao Daily, whether a Long Island Chinatown will be developed, given the recent growth of the Chinese population and brisk sales of homes to Chinese buyers.

Kids Say ‘Hello’ to Japan

Kids Say ‘Hello’ to Japan

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Voices' Picks, Youth January 20, 2015 at 5:09 pm

A new exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan offers a window on Japan for NYC kids.

An employee of “Forever Together” putting up a poster in Chinese in Flushing. (Photo courtesy of Forever Together)

Korean Businesses Chasing Chinese Customers

Business, East Asian, Queens January 16, 2015 at 2:43 pm

With the market for Korean customers saturated, Korean businesses in NY are hiring Chinese speakers and advertising directly to Chinese customers, The Korea Times reports.

Before (above) and after (below) of a suture eyelid fold operation. (Photo via World Journal)

Eyelid Surgery Most Popular Among Asian Cosmetic Patients

Asian, Health January 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm

World Journal speaks to a cosmetic surgeon and Chinese students to get their take on eyelid surgery and other procedures on the rise in local Asian communities.

Making Art from Toys

Making Art from Toys

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Voices' Picks January 12, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Japanese artist Shu Ohno makes sculptures from toys and other found objects and calls them “The Doodles.”

Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ - R, 9th district)  with KACE leaders at the 114th opening of the House on Jan. 6.  (Photo via Korea Daily)

Pushing for Korean Skilled Worker Visas

East Asian, Immigration January 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Korean leaders are hoping to gain passage in the new congress of the Partner with Korea Act, which would offer the “E-4 visa” to skilled workers from Korea, Korea Daily reports.

The scene at a vigil in Chinatown for slain NYPD officers. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via The Villager)

A Vigil in Chinatown

East Asian, Manhattan, Police January 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm

A vigil was held in remembrance of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, sponsored by numerous associations in the neighborhood, The Villager reports.

The McDonald's at Parsons Blvd. in Flushing.  (Photo via The Korea Times)

One Year Later, Korean Seniors Welcome at McDonald’s

East Asian, Queens, Seniors January 7, 2015 at 9:00 pm

A year after a notorious incident, Korean seniors feel more welcome at the McDonald’s on Parsons Boulevard in Flushing, The Korea Times reports.

Mohinga, virtually the national dish of Burma, usually eaten for breakfast. (Photo by Kinue Imai Weinstein for Voices of NY)

Burmese Home Cooking – in a Queens Kitchen

Two immigrant friends demonstrate the complex ingredients and fragrant flavors of Burmese home cooking.

St. Joseph's Church in Chinatown (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

St. Joseph’s Church in Chinatown To Close

East Asian, Manhattan, Religion January 5, 2015 at 3:07 pm

The planned closing of St. Joseph’s Church in Chinatown has upset congregation members, many of whom are Chinese immigrants, Sing Tao Daily reports.