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Welcome to the Voices of New York newsletter, where we spotlight reporting from ethnic and community news outlets across the city. This edition includes the following stories:
  • What lengths would you go to to vote? Would you catch a red-eye flight to cast your ballot? Many young Taiwanese abroad in New York did just that, flying home to vote in Taiwan's presidential election earlier this month, spurred by the uprisings in Hong Kong. [From World Journal, Translated from Chinese]
  • TVP Polonia, a popular television channel made for and about the Polish diaspora, has disappeared from American cable services due to a dispute between its producers and American distributors, to the disappointment of New York viewers. [From Nowy Dziennik, Translated from Polish]
  • NYC Care, the city's affordable health care program for residents who are ineligible for or can't afford insurance, is expanding to Staten Island and Brooklyn, where a majority of the uninsured are Latino. [From El Diario, Translated from Spanish]
  • "He was a jolly kid. Vibrant is the right word." Queens' Nepalese community mourns the death of Srijal Panthi,10, who was struck and killed by a Department of Sanitation truck, spurring calls for better street safety laws. [From City Limits]
  • Here are some ways you can help residents in Puerto Rico recover from a series of devastating earthquakes. [From City Limits]

From Around the City:
  • Barbados looks to offer citizenship to third generation Barbadians whose grandparents moved abroad, an effort to boost the island's declining population. [From Caribbean Life News]
  • Just 700 people across the world speak Seke, an unwritten language from Nepal that linguists consider endangered -- and 100 of them live in New York, many in the same Brooklyn building. [From The New York Times]
  • The city of Beijing was expected to gift an ornate archway to the borough of Brooklyn, to welcome visitors in Sunset Park's Chinatown. But now NYC officials say the much-publicized project has hit a snag, which some are attributing to tensions in U.S.-China relations. [From The City]
"During the months I had been reading about Taiwan’s election in the media, it became clear to me that as an overseas Taiwanese I have an obligation to contribute to democracy in Taiwan."

For Your Calendar: 

  • Lunar New Year at Queens Museum (1/26): Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the New York Chinese Cultural Center at this event featuring Kung Fu demonstrations, dance, music and a calligraphy workshop.
  • Artist Talk at the Caribbean Cultural Center (1/30): Join Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, creator of the Puerto Rican superhero La Borinqueña, for a discussion of his work and Black comics as a genre.
  • Federico Fellini Tribute Concert (2/6): 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of Italian filmmaker's birth. To celebrate, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York presents the Enrico Pieranunzi Trio performing some of the director's most famous soundtracks.
  • Korean Storytime (2/14): Join the Korean Cultural Center for this event featuring Korean stories and songs, recommended  for kids up to age four. Knowledge of Korean is suggested, but not required.
Of the 5,000 New Yorkers who first enrolled in the city's affordable health care program, NYC Care, 61.8 percent are Spanish speakers.


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