Metro Area

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.

These cigarette packs carry tax stamps of the state of Virginia. (Photo via El Diario)

Cigarette Peddlers Worry Yonkers Residents

Business, Crime, Metro Area January 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm

El Diario investigates the lucrative yet dangerous business of selling untaxed cigarettes on the streets with a report from Yonkers.

Under new measures, Americans will be allowed to travel to Cuba given that the purpose of the trip falls under one of 12 designated categories. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario)

NJ Cubans Confused over New Travel Regulations

Latino, Metro Area, Transportation January 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Cubans living in Union City, New Jersey, are hopeful about new regulations allowing travel to Cuba, but also express questions about the changes, El Diario reports.

Dòwòti Désir, a Manbo Asogwe in Haitian Vodou. (Photo by Rachael Bongiorno via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Understanding Vodou

Caribbean, Metro Area, Religion, Traditions January 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm

A vodou ceremony in New Jersey connects participants with their African roots and honors both the living and the dead, Feet in 2 Worlds reports.

(Left to right) Palisades Park councilman Jong Chul Lee, mayor James Rotundo, deputy mayor Jason Kim. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Japanese Petition Against NJ Class on ‘Comfort Women’

East Asian, Education, History, Metro Area December 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Two extremist Japanese groups filed a petition with officials of Palisades Park, N.J., asking that no class be taught about Korea’s comfort women.

Mitsuwa Prepares for the Japanese New Year

Mitsuwa Prepares for the Japanese New Year

Business, East Asian, Featured Posts, Metro Area, Voices' Picks December 12, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Mitsuwa, the largest Japanese supermarket in the tristate area, has seen a decline in Japanese customers since the 1990s but many turn out in December as the community gears up for New Year’s.

Speakers at the press conference unveiling the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium. (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

NY Groups Join to Help Immigrants

Immigration, Metro Area, New York December 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm

The New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium, a public-private partnership of nonprofits, politicians, and foreign consulates has been formed to help immigrants navigate the new administrative relief programs recently announced by President Obama.

(Photo by Katie Tegtmeyer, Creative Commons license)

Domestic Violence in Korean Families

East Asian, Metro Area December 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Domestic violence in Korean families is attributed to the reluctance to share private family matters and a consequent delay in reporting abuse, Korea Daily reports.

Bringing Brazilian Crafts to New York

Bringing Brazilian Crafts to New York

A Spaniard who once lived in Brazil sells unusual handicrafts through her Brazilian Home Collection business in Passaic, New Jersey, and in Bryant Park in Manhattan.

(Photo via Khasokhas)

Nepalese Worship the Sun God – with Some Improvising

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian November 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

In the absence of holy water, Nepalese made do when celebrating the festival of Chhath, reports Khasokhas.

(Photo via La Voz)

Opinion: Modern-Day Slavery ‘in the Shadow of the Statue of Liberty’

Best of 2014, Crime, Metro Area, Opinion November 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Human trafficking is happening right in the Hudson Valley and the majority of investigations against traffickers starts with someone speaking up, says an opinion piece in La Voz.

The Portuguese Kids, from left to right: Jason Casimiro, Alberto Sardinha, Brian Martins, Derrick Melo.(Photo courtesy of The Portuguese Kids)

The Portuguese Kids Love a Chouriço Joke

Culture, Featured Posts, Metro Area, Western European November 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

With over 6 million views on YouTube and around a hundred shows a year, the comedy troupe is becoming a phenomenon of ethnic humor.

Jeremy Whaley (Photo via Korea Daily)

How Taekwondo Changed a Student’s Life

Culture, East Asian, Metro Area November 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Eighteen-year-old Jeremy Whaley was introduced to Korean culture and Korean language via taekwondo and says it changed his life, Korea Daily reports.

Independent candidate Néstor Montilla is running for Congress. (Photo via El Diario)

Dominicans Seek More Representation in NJ

Dominican, Metro Area, Politics October 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Two Dominican candidates hope to gain more visibility for their community in New Jersey, El Diario reports.

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.