NBC presented "East Asians: changing mainstream America"


A special presentation "East Asians: changing mainstream America" was aired in NBC on August 25, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. Reported by Ti-hua Chang, the one-hour presentation dealt with struggle for power, racial discrimination, population, Manhattan Chinatown, entertainment, religion, and fashion. One of every 20 people in Manhattan is Asian. Chinatown's economy in Manhattan dumped after September 11. People's income dropped , some to zero. Restaurants were down 20 percent. Most garment factories were closed. Judy Lie said her Jewry business was down 30 percent, primarily due to prohibited parking on street. Some eight people live in a 2-bedroom apartment. Many politicians visited Chinatown after September 11, but no solution to problems. One of 100 residents in Chinatown is registered voter.

According to 2000 census there are 1 million Asians living in Manhattan. Chinese Americans concentrated in Chinatown, Flushing and Brooklyn. Said Jack Tchen, a historian at New York University, since the adoption of 1882 Exclusion Act practically no Chinese immigration until 1965 Immigration Reform Law which repealed the racial quote. John Liu, the newly elected Council Member of New York City from Queens where 23 percent are Chinese, pointed out problems facing many Asians are not known outside the Asian community. Problems, such as health care, minimum wage, resident rights, have to be made known for the government to tackle with. The Asian American Legal Defense Fund has published a pamphlet, "101 Ways to Stay in U.S." The Fund has fought for justice and equality on behalf of Asians including bi-lingual street signs.



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