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The winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia are barely over, but anticipation for the next ones in PyeongChang, South Korea is starting to grow among the area’s Korean-American community.
But four years is a long time away and South Korea is a long distance away, so the excitement is only just gaining momentum.
CNN’s Piers Morgan interrogated LeFrak City native and Archbishop Molloy High School alum Kenny Anderson last week about being one of a number of former NBA players who went on Dennis Rodman’s latest ill-advised tour of North Korea. As naive as it may sound, Kenny claimed that he was unaware of what a totalitarian state North Korea is. He added that he felt he owed Rodman a favor for frequently coming through for him in the past.
Kenny also made it clear that he realized that he was in over his head the moment he set foot in Pyongyang and tried to stay in his hotel room as much as possible.
Flushing is most heavily populated with Asian Americans. In fact, it has the largest Chinese population in New York.
For that reason, the Lunar New Year — celebrated by the Chinese diaspora to begin the lunar calendar — will be celebrated in all of Flushing and other parts of Queens in February and March.
The end of 2013 does not promise national security for the U.S. or the world. It comes at a time when for once in recent memory the two national parties have reached an agreement that may avoid fiscal warfare for the next two years.
China is flexing its growing economic and military prowess while continuing to poison the air their citizens breathe. China has unilaterally expanded their air-defense zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Japan has responded by sending their coast guard to protect Japanese fishermen. The U.S. has flown through the newly claimed air space as has other nations. One misstep by a jingoistic officer with a hand on a button would ignite a conflict that would engulf most of the Pacific Rim nations.
The Ukraine is in turmoil with Russia fueling the fires. Putin is seeking to re-establish the Soviet Era zone of influence. He is determined to deny democratic reforms not only to Russians but to former East Bloc citizens. It appears that he has purchased Ukrainian loyalty for $15 billion dollars. Any belief that Putin’s granting early release to dissidents and political adversaries is purely hype as those set free were scheduled to complete their prison terms within months.
North Korea has declared that it may attack the South “without notice” in response to anti North Korean rallies in Seoul. Having Kim Jong Un’s hand on the nuclear button and with an army of one million men is horrifying. Even if the North does nothing it seems apparent that Kim will begin to export nuclear weapons to those who dream of destroying America.
Facing the realities that place the U.S. in harm’s way we can only hope that the political wars in Washington come to an end. If Americans continue to view their fellow citizens as adversaries, our enemies have already gained an advantage over the nation.
A New York Hospital Queens pediatrician was hit and killed while crossing against the light Monday night in Flushing.
Dr. Siu Lee, 55, was crossing Booth Memorial Avenue at 141st Street around 6:18 p.m. when he was struck by a Mercedes-Benz.
Kisook Ahn, the Woodside nurse who was killed in the Dec. 1 Metro North train derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station, was remembered at a funeral Mass last Saturday as a kind and extremely bright nurse, outstanding student and devoted family member.
The service at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside was attended by more than 150 family members, friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners.
Since the United States began its global war on terror more than a decade ago, hundreds of thousands of soldiers have gone overseas — to Afghanistan, Iraq and other places — to fight and protect this nation and its ideals.
Like the millions who went before them, to places like Europe, Africa, the Pacific, Korea, Vietnam and Kuwait, they served long tours far from home and in precarious situations that require a level of bravery and courage many people can only admire.
One of the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse living in Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea and was known as “an exceptional person.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four people killed in the accident, which also injured more than 60 as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30, reportedly because the engineer had dozed off.
(BPT) - While election politicking dominated the top 10 searches of 2012, this year people were a little starry-eyed when it comes to online searching. Miley Cyrus (No. 1) came into our lives like a wrecking ball and dethroned Kim Kardashian (No. 2) to become Yahoo's most searched person in 2013.
One of the victims of Sunday's train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse from Woodside who reportedly had only come to the United States this year.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four victims killed in the accident, which also injured dozens as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The cause is under investigation.
Yujin Park, left, of South Korea teaches fourth graders some Korean while Australian Jordan Brown rolls up his sleeves and prepares to talk about life down under during their visit to PS 254 in Richmond Hill last Friday.
Jordan Brown grew up in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Javier Uanini was also raised in the Southern Hemisphere, but on the other side of the world in Argentina. Yujin Park, Boram Kim and Adalla Kim all come from South Korea.
The five of them don’t work or live together, but last Friday, they all sat at a table in the library of PS 254 in Richmond Hill preparing to speak to fourth-graders about where they come from, how life there differs from America and how it is similar.
The aroma of cinnamon, ginger and candy hangs in the air at the NY Hall of Science as the museum unveils a special gingerbread village on display now through the holidays.
Although the 19- by 14-foot creation went on display Sunday, its creator, Jon Lovitch, expected to put the final finishing touches on by Tuesday. Taking time out from those preparations on Monday, Lovitch said his work was a labor of love.
With the government shutdown having ended after more than two weeks of nonstop finger-pointing from both sides of the aisle in DC, let us not forget those who have served this country for ideals they believe in — and the effect that this mess made on their livelihoods in such a short amount of time.
And of course it could all happen again in January, when the deal reached by the president and Congress expires.
As shooting victim Zachariah Yong Jae Shin of Whitestone was being laid to rest on Monday, police recovered the body of the alleged gunman, who was found in the Hudson River, just a few miles from where his car was discovered last week.
So the 2020 Olympics have been awarded to Japan. Good choice. Japan will save millions on electric lighting for the night time events because the audience will be glowing from the radiation that is still leaking from the nuclear reactor. However, won’t the Japanese gymnasts who will have sprouted a third leg (due to mutation) have an unfair advantage?
Has the Olympic Committee chosen North Korea as the standby?
Robert La Rosa
Get out and vote!
I think it is an absolute disgrace that only 16 percent of actual registered voters turned out to vote on Primary Day. Residents who don’t vote or show any interest in learning about the candidates and what they stand for are usually the people who complain the most about the politicians when they are in office.
On Primary Day and Election Day, how can voters say they do not know whom to vote for? Candidates running for election have spent hundreds of hours campaigning in many ways — speaking and answering questions at local candidates nights, participating in television debates, holding live public t
elephone conferences — in order to educate voters about their credentials for the city office and what they personally stand for on the subject of education, seniors, taxes, jobs, healthcare, transportation, overdevelopment, safety, etc.
Although we did have an unusually high number of candidates running in the primary for various city offices (especially in the 19th Council District) this year, all the more reason — a bigger need — to become an educated voter.
The 13th annual Moon Festival will be held in Flushing on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. and ending with fireworks at 8 p.m. in Kissena Corridor Park, between Main Street and Elder Avenue.
Sponsored by the Flushing Development Center, the festival will kick off with kite flying from 2 to 6 p.m. in the park
Sunny Hahn didn’t have to wait for Tuesday’s primary to be over to know who her opponent would be for the District 20 City Council seat.
There was no primary in the Flushing district because incumbent Councilman Peter Koo didn’t have any Democratic opponents. Hahn, a Republican, hoped to have run against him in November on the GOP ticket, but was thrown off because of insufficient petition signatures.
The curator of a new exhibition in Long Island City says making holograms is like working inside a camera.
“You’re shaping light,” said Martina Mrongovius, who is curating for the Holocenter.
What with today’s political morass I thought back to my introduction to voting and political parties. Back in the early ’50s there was a “conflict” involving Korea. It was labeled such but it was no different than all the unprecipitated “conflicts” called wars, the last real conscionable one being World War II.
Back then young people were not as politi-savvy as they are today, at least not in my Lower East Side neighborhood (since gentrified to the East Village). I questioned Democratic President Truman’s wisdom concerning the atom bombings in Japan and it was upsetting. Although I admired FDR, I decided that I would always be an independent voter.
But then I heard this introspective proclamation, which embodied the very essence of America’s greatness. Corny no doubt, but it was as though the Statue Liberty could talk. It stated:
“Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are
Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man and they are stupid.”
That was Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Whatta guy. I thought to myself at the time, “His party is my party.” Ah, but that was then, a long, long time ago, and this is now and the party’s over. It seems as though that “splinter” he mentioned has festered and has sadly infected the once Grand Old Party. As for those “Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man,” stupid as suggested or not, their greed more than compensates for any intelligence they may or may not have. They have put our country up for sale to the highest bidder in the process of their goal: the for-profit privatization of America.
Hopefully Ike was prophetic about the demise of any party that would destroy the very tenets, the foundation, of what had made this country great and the envy of the world.
The writer also lives in Bayside.
Soouthwestern Queens residents last Saturday honored those who served in Korea 60 years ago, including this veteran of the war, saluting during the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and the Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale are hosting a Korean War Cease-Fire commemoration on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The event, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the cease-fire agreement that ended fighting during the Korean War, will be held at the Vande Ende Onderdonk House at 18-20 Flushing Ave. in Ridgewood.
Queensborough Community College students involved in the Asian Internship Program had the opportunity to interview Korean Comfort Women — females who were kidnapped and forced into a prostitution corps created by the Japanese Empire during World War II — via video.
Queens Pride House in Jackson Heights hosted its first-ever forum on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday night, attracting an audience of about 30 individuals, most of whom identified themselves as members of one or more Palestinian-sympathizer organizations. The event was free and open to the public.
Many in attendance indicated they were drawn to the gathering by the presence of the evening’s guest speaker, Sarah Schulman, a CUNY professor and supporter of the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel.
People love mash-ups. There’s the bi bim bop taco (Korea meets Mexico), the Beatles meet Bob Marley (“Let It Be” and “No Cry” mix), sculptures that are paintings and paintings that are sculptures.
The list goes on of mix-ups and mash-ups, and Flushing Town Hall has been getting in on the fun with its Cultural Crossroads series, featuring musicians from different countries coming together to jam.