Immigration

 

Chinatown: Xu Lin Builds Community With Dragon Boat Team

Chinatown: Xu Lin Builds Community With Dragon Boat Team

The summer weather is arriving and the school year ending, but Chinatown is not exactly the ideal vacation spot. “There’s nothing to do in Chinatown during the summer,” said Jason Lin, 31. “There are no activities.” Luckily for the kids, Xu Lin, 31, helps solve the predicament of no fun stuff by taking locals dragon boat […]

 

Far Northeast: Children Create Fairy Tales to Learn About Russian Heritage

Far Northeast: Children Create Fairy Tales to Learn About Russian Heritage

Every child learns the alphabet at some point in his or her life, but it takes an immense amount of dedication to learn two different alphabets. At “Fairy Tale Mosaica,” a class begun by Russian Mosaica of the Multicultural Arts Exchange (MAE), children learn the Russian language. The class, held at an art studio in […]

 

Immigration: Cambodians Face Tough Legal Environment Without Interpreters

Immigration: Cambodians Face Tough Legal Environment Without Interpreters

For immigrants involved in the legal system, finding an adequate court interpreter from an online roster might seem like an easy task, but others may gasp at the low number of translators for their native language. For example, certain Chinese languages like Cantonese and Shanghai Wu have only one interpreter available on the roster, while Cambodians do not […]

 

South Philadelphia: Voices of Violence

South Philadelphia: Voices of Violence

For five years, Trang Dang has been labeled a victim. “For me, the definition is very hazy,” she said. “But people have always identified me as a victim of violence, so I was like, ‘OK, I guess I was one.’” On Dec. 3, 2009, the day that a wave of anti-Asian racial violence burst through […]

 

Waterfront: Church Group Maintains Mission to Help Visiting Seamen

Waterfront: Church Group Maintains Mission to Help Visiting Seamen

A nonprofit nearly two centuries old is still working hard to serve the men who come into one of the world’s largest freshwater ports. The Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia and South Jersey has made it their mission since their founding in 1843 to serve the well-being and religious needs of seafarers coming from anywhere […]

 

Waterfront: Foreign Seafarers Get Warm Greeting in Philly After Long Voyages

Waterfront: Foreign Seafarers Get Warm Greeting in Philly After Long Voyages

The Rickmers Seoul ship is just one of the many ships to dock at the Tioga Marine Terminal on the Delaware River in any given week. Nearly 92 percent of these ships are visited by someone from the 171-year-old Seamen’s Church Institute of Philadelphia. The Seamen’s Church Institute visits about 40 to 50 ships a […]

 

Immigration: Welcome Center Offers Assistance to New Pennsylvanians

Immigration: Welcome Center Offers Assistance to New Pennsylvanians

Immigrants trying to establish a new life in Philadelphia face many barriers. Financial hardships and finding a place to live can be especially arduous if they lack what most locals take for granted – like reading and speaking English effectively. The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians offers new inhabitants an opportunity to achieve their goals through numerous courses […]

 

South Philadelphia: Seeking Answers and Resolution to Refugee Mental Health

South Philadelphia: Seeking Answers and Resolution to Refugee Mental Health

A growing population of Southeast Asian refugees comes with an exciting new culture to learn from, along with serious health needs that require specific attention. Those who lived or immigrated during times of unrest, like the Vietnam War era or the rule of the Khmer Rouge, arrived with specific mental health needs that not all […]

 

Immigration: New Report Claims ICE is Becoming More Intrusive

Immigration: New Report Claims ICE is Becoming More Intrusive

In the corner of Snyder Avenue and 8th street in South Philadelphia, Juntos, a local grassroots organization, held a meeting regarding information that angered the local immigration community. A recent report by The National Day Laborer Organizing Network suggests that the U.S. Immigration Custom Enforcement are becoming more aggressive as the Obama administration continues to […]

 

North Philadelphia: Second-Generation Immigrant Creates Haven for Startups

North Philadelphia: Second-Generation Immigrant Creates Haven for Startups

Across from the local 7-Eleven and other corporate establishments that are proliferating across Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Temple University’s main campus, the Fox School of Business’ Small Business Development Center has been helping the local community create start-ups since 1983. Pearl Wang-Herrera (above), a second-generation immigrant from China, began guiding potential entrepreneurs in 2002. As […]