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Plate By Plate - New York

Thanks to some very lovely people from Project By Project - Los Angeles, I was able to attend the 2014 Annual Tasting Benefit put on by Project By Project - New York!

Plate By Plate is part of an organization called Project by Project (PbP), a national volunteer organization. PbP works with a partner community organization to customize each campaign according to their needs. 100% of proceeds raised are given to the partner organization, resume-writing workshops, tutorials for immigrant children, and parent-child activities to enhance community connectedness. Every year, PbP selects a theme and a local partner to exchange knowledge, education, and skills with.

This year, PbP - NY worked with the Henry Street Settlement, a landmark organization in New York providing multicultural services and resources for mental health issues in New York. Its bilingual program helps the growing Asian American population of NYC and helps provide job opportunities, skills workshops, and arts development.

The tasting was held in a beautiful venue in Chelsea, the Metropolitan Pavilion. The dim lights and energetic music set the stage for a glitzy night of wining and dining.

As soon as I got there, MC Jin went on stage to talk about the importance of the Asian American community and how honored he was to be a part of it. “I felt instantly aged. Someone came up to me and was like, dude I’ve been listening to your music since the 8th grade!” we love you always, Jin.

Many of the restaurants featured gourmet and modern takes on Asian cuisine, with Mok Bar doing a minimalist take of ddeokbeokki. The bacon and gochujang was a surprising (but super delicious) combination that I’m reminiscing about even now.

Local favorite Fung Tu served a chilled corn soup (I had three servings)

Taiwanese Shaved Ice from Wooly’s Ice

The winners of the golden plate were Vai Restaurant and Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur! The line for Vai was so long, it almost wrapped around the auction table. Congratulations! 

The night concluded with an after party held at Gansevoort Park, my favorite rooftop and view of the Empire State Building.

Project By Project continues to be one of the most respected and admirable organizations in the community. Their ability to create leaders, fund raise consciously, and build bridges is unrivaled and I’m very grateful to have met so many PbP folks. To volunteer or apply for a committee, check out their website!

See you next year, PbP. 

South Asians Ring the Alarm on Climate Change

New York’s Plate By Plate is happening on September 26 at the Metropolitan Pavilion! Enjoy some of NYC’s top chefs and restaurants at this five star tasting event while helping the Asian American community!

All proceeds will go towards the Henry Street Settlement’s Asian Bi-Cultural services. Mental health is a dangerous epidemic in our communities, and with yesterday being National Suicide Prevention Week, what better time to bring awareness to and donate resources to a fantastic organization?

For more info, watch this 2012 recap video and keep an eye out for my post-PBP write up!

 

CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship Applications Due June 30

The CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the City University of New York in recognition of Dr. Thomas Tam’s contributions as a former member of the CUNY Board of Trustees, founding Executive Director of the Asian American / Asian Research Institute, and leadership in the Asian American community. The Scholarship awards $1,000 to an individual qualified undergraduate student that is currently enrolled at any of the twenty-one colleges within CUNY, Asian or non-Asian, who has demonstrated creativity in the communication of the concerns of the Asian American community in areas such as Health, Education and Culture.

For full application guidelines and to view past winning projects, please visit www.aaari.info/tomtamscholar.htm

"Renegade" - Shilpa Narayan

I was lucky to be able to attend Kollaboration New York’s Spotlight last night at Toshi’s LIving Room and Penthouse. One of my favorite artists who performed is Shilpa Narayan, who just released her new single “Renegade”. 

From her website:

Georgia native Shilpa Narayan has never shied away from a challenge. Daily balancing of her full-time job and her music has not deterred this 25-year-old songstress from pursuing her passion and bearing her soul in her music. Shilpa’s debut album Stand Alone depicts her personal struggle with romantic relationships as well as the inner turmoil of identifying her true self. Now working on her 2nd album, with the release of her 1st single “Renegade”, Shilpa is ready to take on the music scene at full speed.   In just a short three-year period, Shilpa has progressed quickly on her road to self-discovery through pursuing her true passion: music. While studying business and marketing at Georgia Tech, Shilpa picked up the guitar in her spare time and taught herself to strum chords to accompany herself singing cover songs by Rihanna, Beyonce, and various other R&B artists she revered. She began posting videos of herself singing on YouTube, and gradually, her views and associated videos reached 1 million hits.   After moving to New York City to work as an analyst, Shilpa continued to quietly practice her music and post more videos on YouTube. She competed and won an open mic contest at Don Hills, which landed her a small management deal who then introduced her to various producers and musicians in NYC. Soon thereafter, she was performing in front of 1000+ crowds during Fashion Week 2010 as well as opening for hip hop artists Waka Flocka and Wale. These events compelled Shilpa to write her own music and a year later she released her debut album Stand Alone in May 2012. In October 2013, she performed in front of 120,000 people during the Diwali Times Square Show. 2 months later she partnered with MySpace to release her 1st video for “Renegade”, filmed in the Mohave Desert. Her music has already generated buzz on AOL Music, Vibe Magazine (Named Artist to Watch), thisis50.com, ChannelOne News, ArtistDirect, as well as praise from The Voice producer and host Carson Daly, who handpicked Shilpa’s submission to be sent directly to the show’s producers for consideration.   Even with her initial success, Shilpa realizes she still has a long road ahead. “I don’t think I knew going in, how difficult it would be and how eye-opening of an experience it would be,” recalls Shilpa about her first experiences with the music industry. “It really forces you to grow up and also become comfortable with who you are and the life decisions you make. This album reflects a lot about that inner struggle I’ve had, and I’m hoping others will relate to it.”

Be sure to keep an eye out for Kollaboration New York’s Artist Showcase on August 30! Details to come!

Viewing for Robert Martirez is this Friday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm @ Kennedy-Roth Funeral Home behind St. Sebastian in Woodside. Let’s support their family during this difficult time.

Viewing for Robert Martirez is this Friday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm @ Kennedy-Roth Funeral Home behind St. Sebastian in Woodside. Let’s support their family during this difficult time.

56 Filipino Year Old Man Attacked in Queens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 56-year-old man remained in critical condition Monday after police said he was attacked early Saturday morning in Queens.

Police identified the victim as Roberto Martines, CBS 2′s Dick Brennan reported.

Residents in Woodside said Martines, who lives nearby, was leaving a restaurant on the corner of 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue when he was attacked.

Just after midnight, a man walked up to him and punched him in the face, police said.

“Immediately he punched him at his face, and he fell down and crushed his head here,” said Benjamin Ytac, a friend of the victim.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital in critical condition.

56-Year-Old Queens Man In Critical Condition After Assault

assault suspect Police: 56 Year Old Man Critically Injured In Queens Assault
Roger Stern reports

People in the neighborhood claim someone asked Martines, “Are you Filipino?” before attacking him, but police told Brennan they know nothing of that, and are not investigating the incident as a hate crime.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early to mid-20s with facial hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a dark baseball cap. Area residents told Stern the attacker may have just stepped out of a bar, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.

“I feel so bad, because the guy is a quiet person,” a friend of Martines’ told Stern. “He’s not a troublemaker.”

“He’s a good guy. He’s not gonna start a fight,” friend Abet Manuel added.

“Imagine going to dinner and getting hit for no reason,” neighbor Hyrije Berisha said.

Friends who visited Martines in the hospital said he was unable to speak, Brennan reported.

“We love Robert so much,” Shirley Acosta said. “I posted some prayers for him today and I hope he will get through.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips to the Crime Stoppers website or texting 274637(CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

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Stuyvesant. Bronx Science. Brooklyn Tech: all nationally ranked public high schools considered among the best in New York City and the nation. Each year, thousands of 8th graders compete to secure coveted spots at these elite schools by taking the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (the SHSAT). Admission is granted based solely on that single test score.

ONLY ONE IN FIVE WILL GET IN.


Accusations of racial discrimination have been leveled against this one-test-only policy, as black and Hispanic youth, comprising 70% of the city’s total public school population, now represent only 5% of the student body at some of the specialized schools. Meanwhile, Asian Americans and whites form supermajorities. In September 2012, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights to challenge this admission policy.

This documentary follows the struggles and challenges of a diverse group of students, many of them immigrants and working class, as they prepare for this all-important test.

Elderly man beaten to death in East Village attack

May 1
4/30/2014
MISSING: Mai ThienAsian Male76 Years old5ft 5” 135lbsAlzheimer’s Disease, may be disoriented and/or confused.Last seen Broadway and West 86th Street in Manhattan. The missing suffers from dementia, last seen wearing a black shirt and sweatpants. If you see Mai Thien, please call 911!

4/30/2014


MISSING: Mai Thien
Asian Male
76 Years old
5ft 5” 135lbs
Alzheimer’s Disease, may be disoriented and/or confused.
Last seen Broadway and West 86th Street in Manhattan. The missing suffers from dementia, last seen wearing a black shirt and sweatpants. If you see Mai Thien, please call 911!