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Asian Americans have retained their vibrant heritage through festivals, cuisine, cultural organizations and much more throughout our metropolitan region. Asian Americans of New York & New Jersey highlights first-person stories about the Asian American experience in our region.
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Kevin D. Kim

New York, NY, USA

Origin: South Korea

Kevin D. Kim shares his story of growing up in Queens, and his involvement in public service and the political sphere.

Donna Weng Friedman

New York, NY, USA

Origin: China

Donna Weng Friedman shares her father’s immigration story and special memories she has of him.

Winnie Chin Feng

New York, NY, USA

Origin: China

Winnie Chin Feng shares the story of how her grandfather immigrated to the United States and discusses her philanthropic work in the community.

Ginny Mantello

Staten Island, NY, USA

Origin: Mumbai, India

Ginny Mantello shares her story of coming to the United States from Mumbai and becoming the Director of Health and Wellness for the Office of the Staten Island Borough President.

Emerson Ea

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Origin: Philippines

Emerson Ea shares his story of being a first-generation Filipino immigrant nurse.

John Wang

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Taiwan

Inspired by the lively night markets in Taiwan he visited as a child, John Wang shares the story of how he created New York City’s first night market.

Jun Choi

Edison, NJ, USA

Origin: South Korea

Jun Choi recounts his childhood in New Jersey and his successful mayoral campaign that led to him becoming the first popularly elected mayor of Korean descent in the continental United ...

Van C. Tran

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Vietnam

Van C. Tran shares the story of his family’s resettlement in the United States, and his journey through the higher education system.

Winifred C. Chin

New York City, NY, USA

Origin: China

Winifred C. Chin, co-author of Paper Son, One Man’s Story, shares the story of her father who came to America as a paper son, and explains the history of this ...

Olivia Marutani

Pound Ridge, NY, USA

Origin: Japan

Olivia Marutani shares the story of her father, the first Asian American judge to preside in a court of general jurisdiction outside the Pacific basin.

Sahan Pitigala

Staten Island, NY, USA

Origin: Sri Lanka

Sahan Pitigala shares his story of immigrating to the United States from Sri Lanka and discusses the large Sri Lankan community in Staten Island.

DR GEORGE C (CHIN) HOO, DDS, FAGD

Stamford, CT

Origin: Cantu00f3n, Guangdong Province, China

I am a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, Class of 1981. I am the recipient of the NYUCD Samuel and Hannah Holzman Award For The Highest Scholastic Average ...

Michael Manese

New York City

Origin: Philippines

I was born in the Manila, Philippines. In 1979 my family and I emigrated to the US, Passaic, NJ to be exact. I went to Passaic High School, then studied ...

Warner Wada

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Japan

My mother Helen Hirata was born and raised in Newport Beach, Ca.; my father Walter Wada was born and raised in Loomis, Ca. In 1941 my father was studying physics ...

Dr. George Chin HOO, DDS, FAGD

Stamford, CT, USA

Origin: Canton (Guangzhou), Guangdong Province, China

I was born in Manhattan General Hospital (no longer exists) and grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y.. I attended P.S. 220 Queens, J.H.S. 157 Queens, Stuyvesant High School, Forest ...

Joey Tabaco

Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

Origin: Philippines

What about those of us born and raised here?

Michael Asirvadem

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Sri Lanka

As a Sri Lankan growing up my with my parents in Dubai, we had traveled around a bit before finally returning to Sri Lanka to settle down and establish myself. ...

Jean Huang - The Diaspora in America

New York, NY, USA

When people talk about Chinese America, actually, we should look into a big scope. Because, actually, it just means, people who speak Mandarin, who live around the world and come ...

Jean Huang

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Taiwan

I was all by myself when I came here, however I married, I have a family, and I have a lovely son who is working on something that he loves. ...

Jean Huang

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Taiwan

My name is Jean Huang, and right now I'm semi-retired but before that I was the owner of a computer company. We have a computer company to sell personal computer ...

Jean Huang - Starting a Business in Flushing

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Taiwan

After I graduated and worked for somebody for two years, one of my friends asked me “Hey Jean, PC is booming now. Why don't you open a store in Flushing?” ...

Steven Huang - Foldie Foodies

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Taiwan

Because Flushing has developed so much, it's so hard to park. So I figure you know what, I’ll ride a bike to Flushing. But Flushing, being a place where a ...

Steven Huang - Family Memories

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Taiwan

My name is Steven Huang. My family and I, we came to Flushing in 1983 from Taiwan. We settled in Flushing (in Queens) instead of Chinatown (in Manhattan) because most ...

Ya-Ting Liu - My Family's Story

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Taiwan

My name is Ya-Ting Liu and I am a policy advocate based in New York City. My parents and I were all born in Taiwan and we moved to United ...

Ya-Ting Liu

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Taiwan

Growing up as an as an immigrant kid, at home when you walked through the doors, the Chinese aspect of your identity dominated. So, in terms of the language, at ...

Ya-Ting Liu - Advocacy Work

New York, NY, USA

Origin: Taiwan

I think being a Chinese American woman in this sort of public policy advocacy space… you don't really see too many of us working in this space in New York ...

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