OurChinatown Covers a Forgotten Local Beat

In a diverse city like New York, hyperlocal news often gets overlooked by the myriad of mainstream magazines, newspapers, and blogs. OurChinatown is a new local news blog that covers New York City’s Chinatown. The Asian American Journalists Association founded the blog to inform Chinatown residents about the latest developments in the community as well as inspire them experience the neighborhood’s rich culture. The project is funded by grants from the Ford and McCormick foundations.

From the happenings at the Haagen-Daz shop on Mott Street and finding the ultimate Banh Mi sandwich to the recent bloody arrest of a 64-year-old Chinese man in Columbus Park and remembering police officer hero George Wong, the news blog covers everything about the neighborhood, the people, and its history-in-the-making. Among the other great things about OurChinatown is that it offers real-time news in both English and Chinese using the smartphone. Through the smartphone, readers can track reporter locations and get updates nf breaking news. It is a unique experience for the immigrant and American-born community in the neighborhood.

The staff is filled with prominent Asian American journalists, including founders Paul Cheung, the Associated Press’ global interactive editor in New York City, Cindy del Rosaio Tapan, former managing editor of National Geographic’s Green Guide online and Parenting.com, and Jeff Yang, founding publisher of aMagazine, Asian America’s most influential English-language media institution.

OurChinatown is looking for volunteer English and Chinese video, photography and text contributors. If you’re interested, please contact pcheung@ap.org