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Diaspora diaries

She may have grown up under the Chinese Exclusion Act, which restrained the basic rights of Chinese Americans for more than half a century until its repeal in 1943, but Betty Lee Sung says she does not remember feeling much discrimination as a child.

Sunday, 3 April, 2011, 12:00am

Year of the Bug bites into the Big Apple

New York

The Year of the Rat is fast approaching, but New York councillor Gale Brewer has already declared this the Year of the Bug. No, she is not confused about the lunar calendar, she is worried that bedbugs may have outpaced rats and other pests to become the No1 household enemy of New Yorkers.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

City claws back parking passes

New York

In New York, especially in congested Manhattan, finding a parking space sometimes feels like trying to win the lottery. Little wonder then that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's announcement that he is going to reduce the number of special parking permits issued to city employees has sparked heated debate.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Growing living costs burden all but the rich

New York

The multi-millionaires are being minted ever more frequently in the city's private-equity and hedge-fund industries, and investment bankers and corporate lawyers are pulling in massive fees in the current takeover frenzy.

The city by some measures is in much better financial and economic health than it has been for some years.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am

New York

It takes a lot to get New York residents uniformly outraged. But when a hoodlum was filmed by a security camera bashing a 101-year-old woman in the entrance to her Queens apartment building and robbing her of US$33 (HK$258), New Yorkers were angry enough to bombard media and the police hotline with ideas for alternative punishments for the culprit.

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

New York

The subway system reflects so much about New York that what happens on it is elemental to the city's state of mind. Life beneath the city's streets combines everything from fear to ambition to anger and vitality - the good and the bad staring you in the face every day.

9 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Empty icon

In just over two weeks, 750,000 people will gather in Times Square to mark the arrival of 2007. Around the world, as many as 1 billion people will watch a giant orb decked out with hundreds of light bulbs, Waterford crystals and rotating mirrors drop from atop a Manhattan building to mark the event.

16 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Dogs rule

Sometimes I think New Yorkers are barking mad. In much of the world a dog may be seen as man's best friend, but in New York it is the man (and woman) who is the dog's best friend. This is a city with 1.6 million children and 1.7 million dogs, and often it seems that the four-legged residents get treated better than the two-legged variety. And it doesn't cost them a thing.

9 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Who's crazy?

New Yorkers have an image as being tough, motivated, competitive and uncompromising. After all, people think, they bounced back from the devastation of September 11, and seem to represent the attitude that, 'if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere'.

29 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Flat broke

New Yorkers are finding it more difficult than ever to find a nest they can afford. With one-bedroom flats in Manhattan selling for as much as US$1 million, and the percentage of vacant apartments at a record low of 0.4 per cent, people are being forced to make some hideous choices to find somewhere, anywhere, to live.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

No room at the inn

Tourists in New York City are infuriating. They clog up the pavements, stopping and staring and getting in the way when you're in a hurry. In the sweltering days we've had this week, the sweaty, pizza-gobbling, camera-clicking crush in Times Square is enough to induce bad thoughts in just about any resident.

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Immigrants' eye view

They have been photographed holding American flags and chanting, their faces lit with a mixture of anger and hope. Other times, they are picking up baskets in a grocery store, cleaning office floors, or just standing on a corner, hoping to be hired. These are the immigrant images dominating the media recently while the immigration debate heats up.

27 May 2006 - 12:00am

Lights, camera, reaction

When I was in college in China, my vision of New York City came straight from the silver screen. Manhattan was a Fifth Avenue jewellery shop in Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Empire State Building in King Kong. It was glamour, it was romance, it felt real. And, to an extent, it was, with the city often becoming one giant movie set.

20 May 2006 - 12:00am

Dead tired

New York is described as 'the city that never sleeps', but now that isn't just a cute phrase. City residents are, by all accounts, getting up earlier and getting less sleep. It is becoming increasingly easy to find a 24-hour chemist, a coffee shop that opens at 5.30am, an early morning TV news show, or even a technology expert to come out at 3am to fix your computer.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Soft spot for nature

Residents of concrete and steel jungles often seem to long for a taste of nature. In New York, a city where environmentalists and animal lovers hold some sway, this is certainly the case. But 'a taste' may be as far as it goes.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am