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The Daily Five: October 14

Translated by Alex Peng, staff reporter

Photo: Singtao Daily

Chinese American Arts Council Needs Your Help
For the first time in its 37 year history, the Chinese American Arts Council (CAAC) held a press conference for itself, asking for help from the community in order to stay alive. Chinese American Arts Council was established in 1975 to meet the cultural needs of the expanding Chinese community in New York City. It aims to preserve the Chinese heritage within its own community and to introduce its culture to the greater New York community. Alan Chow, a beloved actor and Executive Director of CAAC, emotionally appealed his case, “In the past two years, public funding from New York State and City has been dwindling from tens of thousands to hundreds to none. Private donations, at the same time, have suffered major setback by the cash-crunch economy.” He said after all these years helping more than 90 local and international artists go through this platform, “I need help from them and others in the community to keep the Council’s door open.” For information, please call 212-431-9740. Singtao Daily (B5)

NYIC Launches Resource Center Program for Immigrants
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) was joined by members of the New York City Council, parents, community leaders, schools, consulates, and elected officials on the steps of City Hall yesterday to announce the launch of the school-based Family Resource Center initiative (FRC) in each of the five boroughs. The idea for Family Resource Centers was developed as a response to the immigrant student dropout crisis. The graduation rate for students still learning English (ELL’s) is only 42%, compared to the overall city graduation rate of 61%. According to New York State, only 7% of ELL’s are college-ready and career-ready. Initial services to be provided by the FRC’s include Consulate ID and passport services – to provide immigrant parents with documents that the Department of Education and the New York Police Department, after advocacy by the NYIC and its member groups, now recognize as acceptable forms of ID for entering school buildings. The FRC’s will also offer parent workshops focused on financial literacy, financial planning for college and college readiness. They will also facilitate immigrant families’ access to banking services so they can begin to save for their children’s college education. The Family Resource Centers represent a strong private/public partnership whose seed funding is provided by the New York City Council. Singtao Daily (B1)

A Friend in Need
A 75-year-old retired restaurant worker, who gave last name as Li, called Singtao Daily yesterday to ask how to write a check to John Liu’s campaign. Mr. Li stated that he came to this country in 1959. He was a restaurant worker before he retired. He did not know John Liu until the day he visited Chinatown Day Care Center. John Liu took pictures with lots of children during his visit, one of whom was Mr. Li’s grandson. Mr. Li was impressed by the way John Liu associated himself with underprivileged. The New York Times report about irregularities found in John Liu’s campaign did not bother Mr. Li. He simply said, “He helped us. And we help him when he is in need. I don’t have a lot of money. I will write a check of one or two hundred to support him.” Singtao Daily (B5)

Fall Stamp Show Held, Local Collectors Rush
More and more Chinese Americans are interested in collecting stamps. Stamp dealers, appraisers, and collectors have been busy this weekend attending an event, finding their favorite themes, contents, flags, maps, designs, and messages from American and international stamps. The American Stamp Dealers Association, a professional organization serving philately since 1914, hosted the 2011 Fall Postage Stamp Show in New York from October 13th to 16th. World Journal (C3)

Parents of New Army Recruits Concerned about Safety Issues
The unclear circumstances around the death of Army Private Danny Chen have stirred several parents’ concern about the safety of new recruits. These local parents have called recruitment centers to express their worry on the personal safety and possible racial discrimination issues related with new recruits. The Army has just successfully recruited dozens of young bloods. Singtao Daily (B2)

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