Archive for December 2011

Relations between the U.S. and Pakistan are said to be at an all time low.  The current crisis is yet another challenge for Pakistani immigrants in the U.S. - already torn between their native country and their adopted home. Ever since the November 26th NATO air-strike that killed at least 25 Pakistani soldiers near the border with Afghanistan, the relationship between the two countries has been on a downward spiral.  The government in Islamabad has placed new restrictions on US military and intelligence operations in Pakistan, while at the same time accusing NATO of deliberately staging the fatal attack.  The U.S. says it was an accident.

Pakistani immigrants are keenly aware of the dangers posed by this latest crisis, and some are trying to figure out how the immigrant community should respond.   Joining FI2W's John Rudolph is Mohsin Zaheer is the founder and editor of the Pakistani Newspaper an online publication, and editor of Sade e Pakistan.

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Latino voters – socially conservative, ready to vote Republican.  At least that’s the argument you’ll hear from many GOP leaders.  But a new poll suggests that’s more myth than fact. On this podcast we are talking about at the results of a new poll that looks at the role of religion and faith in the preferences of Latino voters.   And later we’ll talk about the leading Republican presidential candidates’ evolving positions on immigration and how they might be perceived by Latino voters. Joining FI2W's John Rudolph is Matt Barreto from the polling firm Latino Decisions. His firm conducted the poll with Impremedia, the leading publisher of a Spanish-language newspapers in the US. John also speaks with Pilar Marrero, Senior Political Writer and Columnist for La Opinion, the Spanish-language daily in Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to Feet in Two Worlds.

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In this Food in Two Worlds podcast episode, Von Diaz tells the story of Chef Zarela Martinez and her pivotal role in bringing sophisticated Mexican cuisine to New York.  Also Mariana Suarez, co-founder of Gourmet Latino discusses the challenges facing today's Latino chefs.

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In some New York City public schools, learning English doesn’t mean giving up your native tongue.

There are about 90 dual language schools in New York City that aim to make students proficient in two languages. Categorized as bilingual programs, these schools are intended to strengthen students’ native language development while simultaneously teaching them English.

91 percent of the students at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn are Latino and almost half are designated 'English Language Learners.' The school has won the trust of immigrant families by immersing the students in both English and Spanish, but its D.O.E report card was mixed. While the school struggled to meet D.O.E. standardized test goals, it won accolades for its success in child development. Fi2W reporter Ramaa Reddy Raghavan investigated the school's dual language program and in this podcast episode, she speaks to Fi2W executive producer John Rudolph about the challenges facing the immigrant students and their teachers.

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