Issue: May 26, 2005

Dear Friends,

In my last week’s newsletter, I had mentioned about “Radio Bangla” the
Internet radio station. Did anyone of you get a chance to listen to
it? I’d like to hear your comments and suggestions.

Today I’d like to introduce you to “NY/NJ Bengali” Blog site
(http://www.ethnomediallc.com/wpress). I have set up this site where I
can post our blogs (i.e. blogs from any registered user). Blogs can be
anything, on any subject you’d like to share your thoughts on. Just
register, log in, and post your writings. However, your blogs/articles
will be posted only after I approve them. This is just to prevent
spam and offensive postings if any. Blogs can be posted on few
different categories. Following are few of them. Please don’t forget
to check the appropriate category box when you write and post your
article.

Categories:
Social : Articles pertaining to social/political issues

Arts-Culture : Article on arts and culture

Reviews : Reviews of shows, books, films etc.

Classified: If you’d like to give away, donate, sell or announce any
service or product, you may post it in this category. Note that this
category postings does not show up on front page. This is FREE.

Need Help: If you, or someone you know needs any help from any
community member, you may feel free to post it here. You never know
who can help you when you need it the most. Posts on this category
does not show up on front page.

Generic: All other categories

Note that neither I nor Ethnomedia LLC has any means of verifying the
authenticity of any posts and hence bears no responsibility for any
consequences that may result from their usage. This is offered only as
a public service. Please use responsibly and at your own risk.

Note that you can set up the RSS feed from this site to be fed to your
RSS news reader (like yahoo or others). Next time I’ll discuss about
RSS news feed in more details.

I wish you a happy and enjoyable long weekend.

Regards

Sudipta

NJ 101.5 Comments on Asian Americans

From Pamina Bagchi

In Edison, New Jersey, a Korean American is running for mayor in an
upcoming primary race. An April 25th article in the New Jersey Star
Ledger reported that both the Korean American candidate and his
opponent are hoping to receive votes from the Asian American
community. On April 25th, the “Jersey Guys” show [broadcast on
101.5FM] reacted to the article. In doing so, the deejays used racial
and ethnic stereotypes to characterize Asians in New Jersey as
“un-American.” The broadcast also implied that Asian ethnic groups
have taken over businesses and neighborhoods in New Jersey and have
contributed to the region’s economic failings.
For a copy of the letter that has been sent by organizations, please
email saalt@saalt.org and visit saalt.org for more info.
Please call, email, and/or write the manager and parent company of the
station to protest against this irresponsible broadcast. In addition,
you could also send a message to the station’s sponsors.
- First, introduce yourself and your connection to the community [if
you are a NJ resident, make sure that is clear]
- Express your feelings about the broadcast in a respectful manner
- Ask the station to meet the following demands from the community
Whom do I contact? [Send a copy of your correspondence to saalt@saalt.org]
Eric Johnson, Station Manager
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
P.O. Box 5698
Trenton, NJ 08638
Ej1015@nj1015.com
(609) 771-8181