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Past articles by Mary:

What does it mean to be Asian in America? And in NJ?

Asian Americans are not a monolith. That's the response to a study by Pew Research Center that sought to uncover what it means to be Asian in America. → Read More

A fond farewell: The Legend of the Fire Horse on Lunar New Year

Each of the 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac is tempered by one of the five elements such as water, wood, fire, earth and metal. → Read More

This Jersey girl is the first South Asian American Girl doll

With a backstory that has her hailing from Metuchen, Kavi is the latest American Girl doll of the year. → Read More

These Chinese American teachers believe diversity can serve NJ students

There are just under 100 members of the NJCTA with most of the members teaching Chinese language. A few members teach math and other subjects. → Read More

As unrest spirals in China over 'zero-COVID' policies, these Chinese Americans worry

As unrest spreads in China over 'zero-COVID' policies, NJ Chinese Americans worry about friends and relatives who are demonstrating. → Read More

Black Friday: NJ retailers say shopping wanes while some still seek deals

In the first full holiday shopping season without masking, some shoppers and retailers are cautious as inflation takes a bite of the shopping budget. → Read More

How did trendy boba tea become a symbol for liberal, upper-class Asians?

Most people know bobas are cool, trendy Asian drinks with myriad fruity or sugary flavors. Well, a boba liberal is a person who resembles that drink. → Read More

NJ's Turkish community celebrates Thanksgiving — and welcomes a new immigrant

As New Jersey's Turkish American community celebrated Thanksgiving this weekend, it welcomed a Ukranian newcomer. → Read More

Palisades Park makes history after new mayor chosen between two Korean American candidates

Victory in an historic race where for the first time, two Korean Americans representing major political parties faced on in a mayoral general election → Read More

In Fort Lee and Palisades Park, Asian voters worry about hate crime, affirmative action

Crime and affirmative action motivated Asian immigrant voters to head to the polls in Palisades Park and Fort Lee on Tuesday. → Read More

This is why Asian Americans are anxious about checking boxes in college admissions

The Asian penalty in applying to elite colleges is well known in Chinese, Korean and Indian circles → Read More

Is affirmative action discriminatory? As SCOTUS weighs that, NJ Asians are divided

New Jersey Asians are divided on whether affirmative action is discriminatory to them. Now, the Supreme Court may decide. → Read More

How NJ Asian voters want their voices heard in politics

A new group of Asian Americans is seeking elective office for the first time this year in New Jersey, adding diverse voices to local politics. → Read More

NJ Transit train, truck collide in Hackensack, leaving one victim hospitalized

The crash occurred just before midnight near the Central Avenue railroad crossing, the city fire department said. → Read More

To reverse declining fan base, MLB must embrace greater diversity

It's no secret that baseball is losing fans. And it's no secret that the demographics of the fan base are older and less diverse. That should change. → Read More

These celebrations of Korean culture are coming to Bergen County this weekend

Do you like food, music and fashion? A busy two days are ahead for North Jersey this weekend as Korean Americans celebrate important holidays. → Read More

Heading to Citi Field? Here are Queens' best international eats for Mets' wild card series

Playing at Citi Field for the Mets is an advantage on the field — but for food lovers, it's an advantage off the field. → Read More

$5.9 million paid for Hoboken townhouse almost breaks record. Take a peek

As seen in Hoboken, the townhouse market is back with a vengeance after a brief slowdown during the COVID shutdown. → Read More

Volunteers craft these Chinese delights to benefit the hungry in Montclair

Nancy Loo is the founder of Dumpling Diplomacy, an organization that brings people together for the joy of dumpling making. → Read More

Sign up for the Building North Jersey real estate newsletter with Mary Chao

Do you want to be in the know when it comes to New Jersey real estate? Our Building North Jersey newsletter will to satiate your curiosity. → Read More