These are some of my favorite food videos on YouTube. The history mixed with the delicious visuals of food really speak to the Asian side of me.
Check out these incredibly heartbreaking images from photographer Niko Koppel for The New York Times on an article about people living in internet cafes in New York City's Chinatown. Apparently the economic hardships that some Japanese and Hong Kong residents are facing are happening behind the shadows in NYC. Next time I go back Eldridge Street I'll take a closer look.
The Atlantic recently posted this incredibly heartbreaking video story about an elderly woman living alone in NYC Chinatown. I often see people similar to this lady in Chinatown, all on their own and sometimes I wonder what their story is. I wonder if they have family. If they have work to go to. If they need company late at night. I feel for these people because I know how lonely it can get in NYC sometimes being an American and here is a portrait of somebody who immigrated here for a better life in what I perceive to be less than stellar circumstances.
But of course, I can make up all the stories I want but I'll never really know these people unless I take the time to know who they are. That's what Mantai Chow did here with this sweet old lady.
The video ends rather tragically, but I have good news to report: SHE IS CONFIRMED TO BE ALIVE AND STILL IN CHINATOWN.