The Mental Health Network initiated by the Visiting Nurse was launched at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association on August 17. (Photo by Yue Li via World Journal)

New Network in Chinatown Addresses Mental Health Issues

East Asian, Health, New York August 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Two articles in World Journal explore, respectively, a new network to address mental health issues in the Chinese community and one psychologist’s account of stresses experienced by some members of the community.

(Photo by Shannon Geis via Kensington BK)

Summer Session: Studying Urdu in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, South Asian August 28, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Sixty-five students studied Urdu in Brooklyn this summer in a program meant to help connect them with their families, reports Kensington BK.

Jong Chul Lee at his swearing in as deputy mayor of Palisades Park (Photo via Korea Times)

Pleasing the Koreans – and Others – in Palisades Park

Culture, East Asian, Metro Area, Politics August 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm

Jong Chul Lee, the deputy mayor of Palisades Park, wants to make the Lunar New York a holiday for public schools in the New Jersey town in which Koreans account for 50 percent of the population. But some suggest he should hold off, reports The Korea Times.

A sign from posted at Queen Jane Day Spa (Photo via Korea Daily)

Some Nail Salons Close for the Day to Oppose NYS Actions

Business, East Asian, New York August 26, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Some nail salons closed on Aug. 25 to demonstrate their opposition to New York State’s inspections, inspired by a campaign by, Korea Daily reports.

The traveling KIMFF, to be held in Queens Aug. 29, will benefit the rural school in Solukhumbu, Nepal which was severely damaged in the recent earthquake. Outdoor classrooms have been set up. (Photo courtesy of Ngima Pakhrin)

Nepali Film Fest to Benefit Rural School

Queens, South Asian August 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm

On Aug. 29 Nepali films will be screened in Elmhurst, Queens, with proceeds from the event going to a rural school in Nepal severely damaged by the recent earthquake.

People are watching Korean television news at Kumgangsan restaurant in Flushing, Queens. (Photo by Jeehoon Chun via The Korea Times)

Koreans Here Worry Over North’s Actions

East Asian, New York August 24, 2015 at 5:56 pm

As tensions between South and North Korea escalated in recent days, Koreans in NYC shared their views on what the South Korean government should do, reports The Korea Times.

(Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

Celebrating Pakistani Independence in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, South Asian August 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Ditmas Park Corner captures the annual Brooklyn Mela, or festival, celebrating Pakistan’s independence day through a photo essay.

According to the Consulate General of South Korea, the troubled Korean American Association of Greater New York will no longer be supported by the Korean government. (Photo from Newsis via The Korea Times)

Korean Government Shuns Community Group

East Asian, New York August 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm

The beleaguered Korean American Association of Greater New York, one of the largest Korean organizations in the diaspora, will no longer have the support of the Korean government, reports The Korea Times.

A seminar on Medicaid services held for Koreans in New Jersey. (Photo courtesy of FGS Korean Community Center via The Korea Times)

Home Aides for Korean Seniors: Two Views

East Asian, Health, Metro Area, Seniors August 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

In New Jersey, some home aides for Korean seniors may not work all the hours they claim, but the work they’re asked to do may go beyond the job description, The Korea Times reports in two articles.

(From Google Maps via Bensonhurst Bean)

First Fine Issued Over Shark Fins

Brooklyn, Crime, East Asian, Food August 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Long Quan Seafood Corporation in Brooklyn has been fined in what Bensonhurst Bean calls the first successful prosecution of shark fin trafficking since a statewide ban went into effect last summer.

Ali Najmi (Photo via Times Ledger)

Ali Najmi Feels Like a Winner in Queens Race

Politics, Queens, South Asian August 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Lawyer Ali Najmi is confident he’s running a winning campaign for the 23rd district council seat in Queens, writes Times Ledger.

Lindy Li (seated, in beige dress) at the recent Flushing event. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Congressional Hopeful Gets Support of New York Chinese

East Asian, Metro Area, New York, Politics August 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Lindy Li, running for a congressional seat in Pennsylvania, got the support of New York member of Congress Grace Meng and others at a gathering in Flushing, Sing Tao Daily reports.

Police clear the intersection where the bomb detonated. The Erawan shrine is a popular destination for both tourists and local Thais. (Photo courtesy of Maher Sattar)

Field Report: Shock and Confusion Over Bangkok Bombing

Featured Posts, New York, Southeast Asian August 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, a CUNY J School student interning in Bangkok for the summer, filed this report after the bomb blast at the Erawan shrine, a popular tourist destination, with reaction from Thais both at home and abroad.

(Illustration courtesy of Jyoti K. Shrestha of Khasokhas)

One Nepali Woman’s Violation: The High Price of Immigrating to the U.S.

Immigration, New York, South Asian August 18, 2015 at 3:37 pm

The editor of Khasokhas speaks with a Nepalese immigrant about her harrowing account of being raped repeatedly as she traveled from Honduras through Mexico to a new life in the U.S.

Nail salon owners at a June 5 seminar on meeting labor  department rules and regulations. (Photo by Heeeun Choi via The Korea Times)

Korean Nail Salons: The Need for Better Records

Business, East Asian August 17, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Owners of nail salons, an attorney notes, should keep addresses and other records on employees even if they are paying them cash, reports The Korea Times.