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George Floyd Rallies & Looting in NYC
Published in the Asahi Shimbun's Weekly Asahi online on 6/9/20. Published in the hard-print edition on 6/16/20. Two featured photos by Jimin Kim. Story and the rest of the photos by Ken Aragaki - The story covers the protests and unrest that began in New York City and around the world following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
‘Reopen NY’ protesters busted outside New York City Hall
Published in the New York Post, 5/9/20. Seven protestors calling for an end to the New York state government's COVID-19 stay-at-home order were arrested during a rally outside City Hall in Manhattan. A video journalist and her co-worker filming the event were also arrested.
The COVID-19 Situation in New York City and Japan
Published in the Asahi Shimbun's Weekly Asahi, 4/28/20. Two of four featured photos by Jimin Kim. Article by Ken Aragaki - As the world endures the COVID-19 pandemic, this article draws comparisons between the coronavirus situation of New York City and that of Japan.
Battery Dance Brings Dance Classes to Frontline Healthcare Workers
Published in Dance Magazine, 5/22/20. Battery Dance Company is giving free virtual dance sessions to healthcare workers on the frontline of COVID-19 to provide them with relaxation from the stress they face at work.
Indigenous Peoples Pow-Wow Guide
Published in the Great Lakes Pow-Wow Guide 2020 produced by Anishinabek News and published by the Anishinabek Nation Communications Unit on 6/15/20 - The guide features a photo of mine (top) of a ceremony during New York City Indigenous Peoples' Day on 10/14/19.
Uyghur Supporters March in Flushing
Published in Patch, 1/26/20. Queens, NY-Uyghur supporters calling for human rights for Uyghurs in China marched as part of the Chinese New Year parade.
Kids Breaking League Dance Battles
Published in Patch, 1/21/20. Harlem, NY-Kids Breaking League Studios hosted a dance workshop and a series of dance battles where young bboys and bgirls competed.
Anti-human Trafficking Event
Published in Patch, 1/18/20. Brooklyn, NY-A free event in Brooklyn spread awareness of human trafficking and provided resources for attendees to protect themselves from traffickers.
Human Trafficking Awareness Event
Published in Patch, 1/15/20. Brooklyn, NY-A public event spread awareness of human trafficking and provided resources for trafficking survivors.
World Bboy Battle Championships
Published in Patch, 12/23/19. Tribeca, NY-Some of the world's best bboys danced to win the 2019 World Bboy Battle Championships in New York City.
Rally for Uyghurs, Tibet, Hong Kong
Published in Patch, 12/12/19. Manhattan, NY-Supporters of Uyghurs, Tibetans & Hong Kongers rallied outside a trade conference of US & Chinese govt. officials & corporate leaders in NYC.
Syrian War Refugee Dances for Peace
Published in Patch, 11/27/19. Manhattan, NY-Ahmad Joudeh, Syrian War refugee who defied ISIS by dancing in his hometown in Syria visited New York City for a performance. He dances to spread a message of peace and to honor refugee artists worldwide.
New York City Veterans Day Parade
Published in Patch, 11/12/19. Manhattan, NY-Crowds celebrated veterans amid several President Donald Trump protestors and supporters as Trump attended the opening ceremony.
Opioid Addiction Memorial Event
Published in Patch, 11/10/19. Brooklyn, NY-Locals honored people who passed away from opioid overdoses and raised awareness of the national opioid issue.
Art for Tibet Exhibit and Auction
Published in Tibet Sun, 11/9/19. Harlem, NY-Artists showcased and sold their art to raise funds for a non-profit campaigning for Tibet's freedom.
Art for Tibet Exhibit and Auction
Published in Patch, 11/8/19. Harlem, NY-Artists showcased and sold their art to raise funds for a non-profit campaigning for Tibet's freedom.
Bahamas Relief Food Packaging Event
Published in BK Reader, 11/1/19. Brooklyn, NY-Locals packaged food to ship to people in the Bahamas recovering after Hurricane Dorian.
Bahamas Relief Food Packaging Event
Published in The Harlem Community Newspapers, Inc., 10/31/19. Brooklyn, NY-Locals packaged food to ship to people in the Bahamas recovering after Hurricane Dorian.
Indigenous Peoples' Day - NYC
Published in Patch, 10/15/19. Randall's Island, NY-On Columbus Day, indigenous groups honored ancestors who passed after the arrival of Columbus to the Caribbean.
Saving the Amazon Rainforest
Published in Patch, 10/12/19. Hudson Yards, NY-Indigenous leaders from the Xingu region in Brazil's Amazon & scientists devised solutions to rainforest deforestation.
Hong Kong Solidarity in NYC
Published in The Villager, 10/8/19. Manhattan, NY-Hundreds gathered at Washington Square Park where they folded paper cranes, placed Lennon Walls and formed a human chain to support the Hong Kong protest movement.
Hong Kong Rally in NYC
Published in Hong Kong Free Press, 10/8/19. Manhattan, NY-Hundreds gathered at Washington Square Park where they folded paper cranes, placed Lennon Walls and formed a human chain to support the Hong Kong protest movement.
Bronx Native American Festival
Published in The Indypendent's October 2019 newspaper edition. The Bronx, NY-Hundreds came to the Bronx Native American Festival to honor and preserve the diverse culture of indigenous groups in the Americas.
Bronx Native American Festival
Published in This is the Bronx & The Bronx Daily, 10/1/19 & 10/3/19 respectively. The Bronx, NY-Hundreds came to the Bronx Native American Festival to honor and preserve the diverse culture of indigenous groups in the Americas.
Sacred Water Ceremony
Published in Patch, 9/28/19. Brooklyn, NY-Dozens gathered for a ceremony honoring Polynesian and other native cultures to venerate water and nature.
Global Climate Strike in NYC
Published in The Indypendent, 9/20/19. Manhattan, NY-Nearly 250,000 rallied in NYC calling for greater government accountability regarding climate change. Millions worldwide held rallies of their own on the same day making the Global Climate Strike one of the biggest environmentalism rallies in history.
African American Day Parade
Published in Patch, 9/16/19. Harlem, NY-Thousands came to Harlem, New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the African American Day Parade.
East River Park Cleanup
Published in Patch, 9/16/19. Manhattan, NY-Non-profit Parley for the Oceans partnered with the NYC Department of Sanitation to dispose trash and collect recyclables.
Queens Legal Leaders Golf Game
Published in the Queens Daily Eagle, 9/11/19. Garden City, NY-The Queens County Bar Association and Queens legal leaders had their annual golf outing and dinner at the Garden City Country Club.
Pro-Taiwan, Hong Kong Rally
Published in Hong Kong Free Press, 9/11/19. Manhattan, NY-Rally for Taiwan’s global recognition as a country and to stand in solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Native American Art Making
Published in Patch, 9/6/19. Manhattan, NY-Local non-profit Redhawk Native American Arts Council taught visitors about Native American culture through art making.
Published in The Brooklyn Eagle, 9/3/19. Brooklyn, NY-The Caribbean holiday drew thousands.
Brazilian Independence Day Parade
Published in Patch, 9/3/19. Manhattan, NY.
Japanese Bon Odori Festival
Published in Patch, 9/3/19. Governors Island, NY-Locals gathered to celebrate a traditional Japanese holiday with dance and music.
Memorial for a Brooklyn Cyclist
Published in The Brooklyn Eagle, 8/26/19. Brooklyn, NY-Cyclists hold a memorial ride and die-in in honor of biker killed in Midwood.
Brooklyn Raga Massive Performs
Published in Patch, 8/23/19. Brooklyn, NY-A local team of artists performed its weekly concert series and jam session near Red Hook, Brooklyn.
A Historic Vigil
Published in The Brooklyn Eagle, 8/19/19. Brooklyn, NY-Vigil for the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves brought to America.
Indian Independence Day Dance
Published in Tribeca Citizen, 8/19/19. Manhattan, NY-The Battery Dance Festival celebrated Indian Independence Day.
Locals Pray on Eid al-Adha
Published in Patch, 8/12/19. Manhattan, NY-Locals Muslims commemorated one of the biggest days of celebration on the Islamic calendar at Washington Square Park.
Kashmir Independence Rally
Published in Patch, 8/10/19. Manhattan, NY-Hundreds of locals gathered by the Consulate General of India building to protest the Indian government's intervention in Kashmir.
Hindu Water Lamp Ceremony
Published in The Brooklyn Eagle, 8/5/19. Brooklyn, NY-Hundreds of candles lit up the East River in a sunset Hindu celebration.
March Against Anti-semitism
Published in Patch, 7/29/19. Brooklyn & Manhattan, NY-Hundreds from around the world gathered in New York City to condemn antisemitism.
Rodrigo Duterte Protest
Published in The FilAm, 7/23/19. Manhattan, NY-More than 100 people protested under a heavy thunderstorm what they called the “macho-fascist” regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Annual Arab American Bazaar
Published in The Bklyner, 7/17/19. Brooklyn, NY-Local Arab Americans came out for a celebration of culture and to promote peace worldwide.
Published in The Villager, 7/17/19. Manhattan, NY-The protest criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies and the deportation raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Herald Community Newspapers
Published in Herald Community Newspapers, Summer 2014. Long Island, NY-A collection of photos I took during my summer 2014 internship at Herald Community Newspapers.
Published in Newsday, 7/19/15. Long Island, NY-An inside look at the Long Island Aquarium.
The Art of Inclusion
Published in Newsday, 8/30/15. Long Island, NY-A Suffolk County nonprofit showcases the work of volunteer artists with disabilities.
Published in Newsday, 9/6/15. Long Island, NY-Local practitioners of parkour show off their aerial skills and explain parkour.
Their Life Coach
Published in Newsday, 8/18/15. Long Island, NY-UFC fighter Aljamain Sterling coaches and mentors his Uniondale high school wrestlers.
Patrols Boosted for Long Beach DWIs
Published in Newsday, 7/9/15. Long Island, NY-Long Beach police increases the number of police patrols for Fourth of July festivities.
Calling for Ban on Swastika Displays
Published in Newsday, 7/14/15. Long Island, NY-After a plane trailed a swastika banner along Point Lookout Town Park beach, a local official and Jewish leaders call for a ban on swastika displays.
After Tears a Vow
Published in Newsday, 7/23/15. Long Island, NY-Priest promises to rebuild after a fire damages the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in West Babylon.
Long Island Boy Scouts
Published in Newsday, 7/29/15. Long Island, NY-Boy Scout councils in Nassau and Suffolk counties representing more than 20,000 youths will allow gay troop leaders for the first time.
Honors for Cops in Gun Stop
Published in Newsday, 7/14/15. Long Island, NY-Two Nassau County police officers were honored for apprehending an armed man.
Jones Beach Hurricane Sandy Recovery
Published in Herald Community Newspapers, 8/6/14. Long Island, NY-Millions of dollars in federal and state funding spur Jones Beach’s post-Sandy revival.
The Fog of Concussions
Published in Herald Community Newspapers, 1/15/15. Long Island, NY-Brain trauma in high school and collegiate football poses multiple challenges for student athletes.
Schumer Urges FEMA Hurricane Support
Published in Herald Community Newspapers, 6/26/14. Long Island, NY-Senator Schumer vows to expedite Island Park's $40 million storm mitigation proposal.