History: Midori Shimanouchi Lederer (1923-2005) was the founder of Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI), a social services agency for New York’s elderly Japanese and Japanese American residents. Born and raised in Fresno, California, Lederer was a student at the University of California, Berkeley, when she and her family were forcibly removed from their home and incarcerated at the Topaz War Relocation Center, a concentration camp, in 1942. Her 1943 appeal to the US government granted her permission to leave Topaz and resume her studies at Pace College in New York. While living in New York she became involved in the film and publicity industries. In 1952 she became the secretary of renowned film producer Michael Todd and served as his production assistant. She later joined Bill Doll and Company, a top New York-based firm of press agents in 1960 and eventually rose to partner and vice president.
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-04-20
Creator: SAKHI for South Asian Women
History: SAKHI for South Asian Women is a New York City-based not-for-profit dedicated to ending domestic violence against women. Founded in 1989 by a group of five South Asian women from diverse professional backgrounds, SAKHI, meaning “woman friend,” provides culturally-sensitive and language-specific support to survivors of domestic violence. The organization works to mobilize the South Asian community to actively engage in the movement to end violence against women, challenging the silence surrounding domestic abuse within the community. Their work with survivors includes crisis intervention, monthly support groups, assistance in accessing free or low-cost legal representation, health services, public benefits and housing, and accompaniments and translation assistance in court, during health care visits, and at welfare agencies. Their Economic Empowerment Program assists survivors on their paths to self-sufficiency, providing classes and workshops on basic computer literacy, English communication, resume writing, and internet job-searching. Their Swarna Chalasani Economic empowerment fund provides small grants to qualified survivors to pursue career and educational opportunities. Read more
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-03-16
Creator: New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health Records
History: The New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health (NYCAAMH) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1989 by a group of concerned individuals including health and mental health professionals and organizations. Our mission is to improve the quality of mental health services for Asian Americans in the New York City metropolitan area. The Coalition offers mental health educational workshops and training, and a forum for mental health service providers and concerned individuals to network, share resources, and collaborate on culturally competent models of treatment for Asian Americans. Read more
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2009-12-09
Creator: New York Asian Women’s Center
History: One of the first organizations in the United States to address the linguistic, social, and economic barriers that prevent many Asian immigrant women from accessing domestic violence services, Womankind (formerly and at the time of the survey known as the New York Asian Women’s Center, NYAWC) aims to empower Asian women to experience their lives free from violence. Founded in 1982 by a group of volunteers led by Pat Eng, Womankind began as community awareness project to educate communities in Chinatown about domestic violence issues. Recognizing the need for an advocacy organization that engaged in direct service, Womankind set up a single-line, volunteer-run emergency hotline for abused women seeking help. Today, the emergency hotline (1-888-888-7702) operates 24-hours a day/seven days a week, provides services in 18+ different languages and dialects including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Bengali, and receives over 3,000 calls each year. Read more
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-10-26
Creator: Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS)
History: A community-based social service agency, the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) was founded in 1973 to serve New York’s Korean population. Focused on addressing the needs of immigrant and low-income individuals and families, KCS provides aging, community, and public health services. Read more
Survey Conducted: Tue, 2010-09-28
Creator: Korean American Family Service Center, The
History: Located in Flushing, Queens, the Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) is a community-based, non-profit organization that assists individuals impacted or potentially impacted by domestic violence, and, more generally, “supports and empowers adults, youth and children to lead safe and healthy lives based on dignity, compassion and mutual respect.” Established in 1989 by Sookja Bang, Elizabeth Jo, Heung Soon Kang, Kwanghee Kim, Kyung Hee Na and Sun Sook Oh, the organization was modeled after the Legal Aid Center for Women in Korea, which was founded by Dr. Tai Young Lee. KAFSC was first located in office space donated by the Korean Methodist Church & Institute on West 115th Street in Manhattan.
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI)
History: The Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) was formed in 1981 by Midori Shimanouchi Lederer to address the lack of social services for aging Japanese Americans with limited English language skills and little access to information about social service programs. Starting with a staff of three workers, JASSI quickly grew to encompass assistance for a broad range of needs, including legal and immigration issues and family problems, expanding beyond just elder Japanese Americans. Currently the only professional social services agency for the Japanese community on the East Coast, the organization provides information or referral services to a wide range of Japanese Americans, including restaurant workers, students, recent immigrants, and those in need of counseling or other referral services in the New York area.
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2009-03-13
Creator: Japanese American Help for the Aging
History: Japanese American Help for the Aging (JAHFA) was a non-profit organization and standing committee of the Japanese American Association (JAA) that provided health, educational, informational, language, and social services to the elderly Japanese community in New York City. In 1972, representatives from seven Japanese American organizations joined together to form the Ad Hoc Committee of Concerned Asians, which aimed to investigate the needs of the underserved elderly Japanese population in the area. The organizations included Asian Americans for Action, Japanese American Association of New York, Inc., Japanese American Citizens League, Japanese American United Church, New York Buddhist Church, Niko Niko Club, and United Asian Communities Center, Inc. In June 1972, the Committee sent questionnaires to people of Japanese descent over the age of fifty to assess their social service needs. While other organizations, including the Welfare Committee of the Japanese American Association of New York and the Committee of Social Concerns of the Japanese American United Church, were providing similar services at the time, their outreach was limited to their membership. Read more
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2009-03-13
Creator: Japanese American Association of New York
History: The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc (JAA) is a nonprofit organization serving the Japanese and Japanese American community through a variety of activities, including social services, education, scholarships and cultural events. JAA was founded in 1907 as the Japanese Mutual Aid Society (Nihonjin Kyosaikai) by Dr. Toyohiko Takami. The organization’s first major project was to purchase land in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Queens in 1912 to provide a burial plot for Japanese Americans. In 1914, the organization became the Japanese Association of New York (New York Nihonjinkai), under which name it continued until World War II. The organization was dissolved during World War II but reconstituted shortly thereafter, serving largely as a relief organization. Through the American Friends Service Committee’s Licensed Agency for Relief in Asia (LARA), it sent food and clothing to Japan. As conditions in Japan improved, the organization turned its attention towards local needs, merging with the Japanese American Welfare Society in 1952 to form the Japanese American Association of New York.
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2010-03-04
Creator: Filipino American Human Services, Inc.
History: Founded in 1993, Filipino American Human Services, Inc. was the first social services organization to serve the Filipino and Filipino American community in New York City. Recognizing that Filipino Americans were underserved in the realm of social services, the Asian American Federation (AAF), under the consultation of its two Filipino board members at the time, Dr. Jean Raymundo Lobell and Attorney Reuben Seguritan, organized the Filipino American Planning Initiative Forum in November 1992. It was a result of this forum and funding from AAF that FAHSI was founded. Read more