NOVEMBER 2002

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Frida Mania
From El Diario
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become the talk of the town.

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Artists' Visas
From Gotham Gazette
New rules and extensive background checks slow visa
processing for foreign artists.

espite the tragic deaths of 11 Mexicans in a locked rail car in Iowa last month, some immigrants still think the risky trip is worth the dangers facing them: "It's a terrible journey, but arriving to a job and a life that is so much better is worth it," said Janeth Molina (The Associated Press). Two weeks later, more than 200 Haitian immigrant made it to the Miami shoreline after an eight-day journey at sea (New York Times).

In New York City immigrant communities help keep tradition alive by celebrating holidays such as Columbus Day (The Italian community) and Pulaski day (The Polish community). Different religious groups also help to broaden New York's spiritual landscape (Newsday). And this month, New York Muslims observe Ramadan, the Islamic holy month (Gotham Gazette).

This year the immigrant vote may determine the outcomes of some races in New York. Korean voters in New York are for the first time able to cast their ballot in their own language, joining speaker of Spanish and Chinese.

In this November edition of the Citizen, we take a look at election issues related to immigrants from the Chinese, Korean and Spanish press. We also have stories about new parking violations, divorce among Russian immigrants … and much more.


Special Section!
Elections And Immigrants

New Citizens Vote
From Gotham Gazette
Immigrant advocates and officials are trying to draw new citizens into the electoral process. Despite language assistance, many immigrants still find it difficult to cast their ballots.

Korean Translators At The Board Of Election
From JoongAng
To comply with the Voters Rights Act, Korean has been added to the Board of Election's list of official languages. Two Koreans with different backgrounds have been hired to translate voting materials.

Seeking The Chinese Vote
From Singtao Daily
The candidates for the state assembly seat in District 22, Flushing, seek support of immigrant voters from China’s Fujian province.

As the same time, Chinese immigrant votes might very well decide the State Senate election in Sunset Park/Bay Ridge.

Politicians Should Know When To Advance And When To Retreat
From Singtao Daily
To get the first Chinese representative in Albany, a columnist argues, Chinese candidates who are trailing in the polls should drop out and rally behind their most popular compatriot.

The Shifting Latino Vote
From Hoy
A new study shows that Hispanic voters are ambivalent about political parties, without a strong allegiance to either the Democratic or Republican party.

A Call For More Latinos In New York’s City Council
From El Diario
An advocacy group presents a redistricting plan that will give Latino New Yorkers a voice in the city's local politics.

Sorry But…
From SeGye
The president of the Korean-American Association of Mid-Queens was criticized for spending too much money on printing flyers. But he said he only wants to promote political involvement among Koreans.

Ramadan: The Holy Month
From Gotham Gazette
Some Muslim immigrants think that an American Ramadan can never quite compare to the feeling that one gets from being in a Muslim country during the holiday. But other observers said that the major theme of Ramadan is consistent no matter where one fasts.

Meat In Question
From The Arab Voice
Halal, a specially prepared meat for Muslims, is sold at a higher price than regular meat at many Arab and Muslim stores. But how can one be sure that it is not just regular meat?


Divorce Among Russian Immigrants
From Russian Bazzar
A Russian psychologist explains why a huge number of newly arrived families fall apart within the first few years after immigration.

High Fines, Low Morale
From Hoy
Taxi drivers, business owners and traffic enforcers are worried about paying twice as much in fines for parking violations.


Chinatown Buses
From The World Journal
As competition among Chinatown bus companies continues to escalate, violence breaks out at a bus stop on East Broadway in Chinatown.

Korean Business Moved
From SeGye
The recession in New York City, along with talk about the war against Iraq, have pushed Korean retail and service business owners to move to other states.

Business Must Go On
From World Journal
Following the murder of a Chinese delivery man in Brooklyn, Chinese restaurant owners and delivery men are worried, but feel that they have no choice but to go on.


Pulaski Parade
From Nowy Dziennik
One of the biggest events for the Polish community, the 65th Pulaski Day Parade attracted nearly 100,000 people who marched through the streets of Manhattan.

Columbus Day Parade
From American Oggi
Cardinal Edward Egan of the New York Archdiocese took the opportunity to congratulate the Italian community for its achievements at a Columbus Day celebration.

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