Job Readiness Workshop


Last Tuesday, there was a job readiness workshop held at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) at 62 Mott St. It was sponsored by City Council Member Margaret Chin, and a number of neighborhood organizations sent representatives to talk about job searching, writing resumes and cover letters, filling out applications, and the dos and don’ts of job interviews.

These representatives included Joan Fang from Chinatown Manpower Project, Jeanie Tung from Henry Street Settlement, Vickie Wong from the Chinese-American Planning Council, Katya Zaitseva from CAMBA, Danielle Rothman from Streetwise Partners, Thea Goodman from Hamilton Madison House, Gaspar Caro from the LES Employment Network, and our very own Melody Lai-Nguy from University Settlement. Eva Wong from Project Hope was the moderator.

To watch a NTDTV news report on the workshop, click here or on the picture above.

To take a look at the great material presented at the workshop, click here.

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Idiom of the Week: Achilles’ Heel


Meaning: A specific personal weakness or flaw – from the ancient Greek hero Achilles, who died from an arrow shot into his heel


My Achilles’ heel is chocolate. I’ll eat it till I get sick.

“What’s your Achilles’ heel?” “Sales. If I see something’s on sale, I’ll buy it – even if I don’t need it.”

Everyone has an Achilles’ heel. His is honesty. He always tells the truth, and that often gets him into trouble.


Pop Quiz:

Your smart phone is your Achilles’ heel if you…

A. always take it out and play with it when you’re with your friends.

B. bought it for cheap.

C. forget to charge it.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

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Summer in Seward Park


Although it ends on August 2nd, there are still several interesting concerts and other activities happening at Seward Park as part of the Educational Alliance’s “Summer in Seward Park” series. Here’s what’s happening in the next couple of weeks (BY THE WAY, ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!):


Pop-Up Library – Toddler Time

Join the Seward Park Librarians for a fun filled hour of stories, songs, fingerplays and more!

Time:              10:00 – 11:00am

Dates:             Tuesdays, July 23 & 30

Ages:               Up to 4

PopFit Kids

Get Your Move On! Jump, Tuck, Jack and Jog.  Join the new family exercise craze.

Time:              10:00 – 11:30am

Dates:             Thursdays, July 25 & August 1

Ages:               Up to 12

PopFit Kids is a FUNctional Fitness program that teaches children life-long, healthy habits they can share with the whole family. Kids 3 and older will get the chance to Jump, Tuck, Jack and Jog their way through an action-packed, energizing workshop that combines physical activity with lots of fun! How does it work? Through engaging circuits, dynamic drills, exciting games and more…each PopFit Fitness Adventure will hit on the critical aspects of The Fab Five: Cardio, Strength, Flexibility, Endurance, Balance.

Puppets, Music & Clowns

Dance, sing, laugh and have fun!

Time:              10:00 – 11:00am

Ages:               Up to 10

Dates:             Fridays

July 26 – Oran Etkin and Timbalooloo

Oran Etkin is both an internationally acclaimed jazz and world music artist whose music has appeared on GRAMMY Award winning albums, and also the creator of the groundbreaking Timbalooloo method of enriching the musicality of young children. The name Timbalooloo comes from one of Etkin’s 3 year-old students, who sat his mother and baby brother down for a 20 minute music class in which he pretended to be Oran and demonstrated to his “pupils” an imaginary instrument he called the Timbalooloo. The story captures the essence of Etkin’s mission: to excite children about the wonders of music and musical instruments and encourage their creative freedom, personal ingenuity and healthy cognitive, emotional and physical development.

August 2 – Sammie & Tudie: The Comedy Magic Circus

The Comedy Magic Circus with Sammie & Tudie utilizes magic, storytelling, and classic comedy!  They take their audiences on a thrill ride of fun, enchanting the audience with the best in magic and clowning.  They have been called “the power couple of the clowning world” by New York Time Out Kids.


Pop-Up Yoga NYC

Join us for a meditative end to the day. Open level Vinyasa style. BYOM (bring your own mat) and let your stress melt away.

Time:              7:00 – 8:00pm

Dates:             Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9 – August 1


July 24 – Paul Shapiro & Friends – Jazz It Up

Paul Shapiro, saxophonist, bandleader and composer, is best known for his critically acclaimed recordings on John Zorn’s Tzadik label: Midnight Minyan, It’s in the Twilight and Essen featuring the Ribs & Brisket Revue. Paul has also written a score for the 1925 silent film “His People” which has been performed at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the National Yiddish Book Center, Abrons Arts Center, the Museum at Eldridge Street, Denver’s Mizel Arts and Culture Center and the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.

July 31 – Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa Trio with Steve Salerno & Stomu Takeishi– From Harlem to Shanghai and Back!

Interpretations of the work of jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton and Chinese composer Li Jinhui, as well as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk

Min Xiao-Fen (pipa, sanxian, ruan and vocals),  Steve Salerno (guitar) and Stomu Takeishi (five-string electric bass guitar)

Pipa player, vocalist and composer Min Xiao-Fen began her career as a pipa soloist with the Nanjing Traditional Music Orchestra in China by winning the Jiangsu national pipa competition. Since she moved to the United States in 1992, she has been a featured soloist with the Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Macao Orchestra and many others.

Steve Salerno (guitar/composer) is an active performer of both Jazz and Classical music.  He has performed in Italy, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Canada and throughout the United States.

Stomu Takeishi is a Japanese jazz bass player. He generally plays fretless five-string electric bass guitar, as well as a Klein five-string acoustic bass guitar. He often uses looping or other electronic techniques to enhance the sound of his instrument. He has played in many international jazz festivals and often performs at major venues in New York, the United States, and Europe.

If you don’t know where Seward Park is, take a look at it on Google Maps:

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Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?

Since it’s summer, and a very hot one at that, we thought we’d share a poem about summer with you. It’s a sonnet by William Shakespeare. Below the poem you will find definitions for some of the more difficult words and Chinese and Spanish translations; above you can watch a video of someone reading it. Enjoy:

Sonnet 18

by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

shall = should, thee = you, thou = you, art = are, hath = has, thy = your, owest = owe, wander’st = wander, growest = grow

















¿A un día de verano compararte?

Más hermosura y suavidad posees.

Tiembla el brote de mayo bajo el viento

y el estío no dura casi nada.

A veces demasiado brilla el ojo

solar, y otras su tez de oro se apaga;

toda belleza alguna vez declina,

ajada por la suerte o por el tiempo.

Pero eterno será el verano tuyo.

No perderás la gracia, ni la Muerte

se jactará de ensombrecer tus pasos

cuando crezcas en versos inmortales.

Vivirás mientras alguien vea y sienta

y esto pueda vivir y te dé vida.

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Idiom of the Week: In the Same Boat


Meaning: To be in the same situation as someone else; to have a similar problem


I have the flu. My brother’s in the same boat – he has the flu too.

“My wife’s mad at me again.” “You and I are in the same boat. I forgot my wife’s birthday yesterday.”

He was going to borrow money from his friend, but then he found out his friend was in the same boat – he needed money too.


Pop Quiz:

Your roommate hasn’t paid his rent yet. You’re in the same boat because…

A. you paid your rent.

B. you are going to move.

C. you haven’t paid rent yet either.

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