Anthony Nguyen was born in California to a family from Vietnam, but says he is often mistaken for being Chinese or Korean American.
“It doesn’t bother me, and I’m more bemused about it than anything else since it happens so frequently,” said Nguyen, a commercial bankruptcy lawyer in New York.
Nguyen’s experience is shared by many Asian Americans, both native and foreign born. Most say they are used to being asked about their ethnic backgrounds and think little of its significance. Read more.
Chinatown Rings in the Year of the Dragon
It’s the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese calendar and on January 29, the annual Lunar New Year parade organized by the Better Chinatown Society took place in Manhattan’s Chinatown. The event was packed with thousands of New Yorkers and visitors ringing in the year of 4710. The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar and is traditionally celebrated for two weeks. Reporter Larry Tung attended the parade in Chinatown and captured it in the following audio slideshow. Plus, listen to our Year of the Dragon Special Podcast – The Best Regional Chinese Restaurants in Flushing.
Audrey Chang Moy was not the piano prodigy that her mother hoped she would be. But she practiced every day for eight years, from the age of eight to 16. “I would practice for exactly 45 minutes and slam the cover down, even when it was in the middle of a song,” said Moy, a native of Los Angeles whose parents are from Taiwan. Read more...
A Video Postcard from NYC's Columbus Park
When most people think of Manhattan’s Chinatown, they think of the knock-off Gucci bags and the funny smell from the fish markets on Canal Street. Little do they know that behind the touristy activities, there is a small oasis in the heart of the neighborhood where people play chess, sing karaoke and play sports. Larry Tung takes you on a tour of one of Chinatown’s best-kept secrets. Watch the audio slideshow.
Voter Associations Work to Turn Out Asian Americans in New York’s Election
With help from voter associations, Asian Americans are becoming one of the rising forces in New York City politics. Each election year, more Asian Americans are voting, and more are getting elected.
Flushing is the center of Asian-American political life in New York City. As more Asian-Americans take interest in public office, the Queens neighborhood is becoming an increasingly competitive arena where any position is hotly contested. Koreans are the latest group to try to use Flushing as a springboard to political power.