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The Asian American Journalists Association Launches "OurChinatown" -- a Hyperlocal News and Culture Blog Covering Manhattan's Dy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/27/11 -- In 1858, Ah Ken, a Cantonese businessman, became the first Chinese person to permanently immigrate to the area now known as Manhattan Chinatown. Since then, Chinatown -- an area currently approximated as being bounded by Broadway on the West, Rutgers/Essex Street on the East, Madison Street/Worth Street on the South, and Broome Street, Grand Street and Canal on the North -- has become home to over 100,000 residents, 2/3 of whom are Chinese. The neighborhood has emerged as one of the city's most vibrant commercial areas and critical cultural magnets -- yet to most New Yorkers, it remains an enigma, with little representation in mainstream news and lifestyle media beyond police blotters, disaster reports and restaurant reviews. Thanks to the generous support of the McCormick and Ford Foundations, the Asian American Journalists Association is proud to announce a new project designed to help address the lack of coverage of Chinatown: A hyperlocal news and culture blog called OurChinatown ( "'Hyperlocal' has been the buzzword in the journalism industry for the last couple of years, but most of the well-known hyperlocal projects out there have focused on affluent neighborhoods that are well served by existing media," says Cindy del Rosario-Tapan, editorial director of the project. "We see this as an opportunity to give a voice to a community that traditionally hasn't had one, and to talk about news and issues from a point of view that's relevant to and resonant with members of this community." Part of what makes that possible is the formation of an active advisory board composed of representatives from many of the Chinatown community's most important stakeholder organizations, Page 197 of 201

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