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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.

Elizabeth, New Jersey (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Colombians Plant a Flag In Elizabeth, NJ

Metro Area, South American October 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

There may not be another place in the Garden State with a larger concentration of Colombians than Elizabeth, New Jersey, El Diario reports.

Professor Leandro Benmergui announcing the Casa Purchase initiative. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

‘Casa Purchase’ Comes to Westchester

Education, Latino, Metro Area September 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Casa Purchase looks to strengthen relations between the school and the Latino community in Westchester County, reports Westchester Hispano.

John Czop presents the last printed edition of the Post Eagle. (Photo via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Weekly ‘Post Eagle’ Suspends Print Edition

Eastern European, Media, Metro Area September 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm

After being in circulation for half a century, the Post Eagle, the English-language Polish-American newspaper, will continue online only, reports Nowy Dziennik.

(Image by dignidadrebelde, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: Better Policing Won’t Fix ‘Broken Windows’

African American, Crime, Metro Area, Opinion, Staten Island September 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Better police training won’t fix the broken windows policy, which is deeply flawed, argues sociologist Mike Rowan in an opinion piece in City Limits.

Rosa Lopez (Photo via Diario de Mexico)

Making Indigenous-themed Art in NJ

Culture, Metro Area, Mexican September 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Using natural materials, Mexico native Rosa López handcrafts art pieces inspired by indigenous peoples, reports Diario de Mexico.