Author: Cristina DC Pastor

Bio: Cristina DC Pastor, a former Fi2W Business and Economics Reporting fellow, is the publisher and editor of The FilAm ( Her book, “Scratch the News: Filipino Americans in Our Midst” (Inkwater, 2005), is a celebration of ordinary citizens at the center of extraordinary stories. She is a graduate of The New School.


Jose Antonio Vargas After a Year of Living Dangerously

Posted on: 26 Jun 2012

Jose Antonio Vargas became the public face of undocumented youth when he revealed his status in a New York Times Magazine piece. Cristina DC Pastor sent us this report from The FilAm, an online magazine for Filipino Americans in the New York area.

Out of Status: A Bittersweet Memoir of Hope, Family Devotion and One Deportation after Another

Posted on: 31 May 2012

A Filipino immigrant’s new memoir tells her family’s struggle to remain in the U.S. legally.

Young Filmmakers from Conflict-Ridden Countries Tell Stories of Love and Sports

Posted on: 11 May 2012

The organization Films Without Borders gives tools to youth around the world to create films about their own lives. Cristina DC Pastor went to a recent showcase of these films and sent us a report.

An Immigrant Once Called ‘Nigger’ Is Now Mayor of Small PA Town

Posted on: 03 May 2012

In the lethargic town of Ridgway, Pennsylvania – which is closer to Canada than to New York City – there are only a handful of Filipino residents, and one of them got elected Mayor. Cristina DC Pastor brings us this story from The FilAm.

Chinatown’s Reinvented Economy – New Businesses, New Immigrants, New Growth

Posted on: 02 May 2012

Chinatown’s economy is in transition as bus companies, wedding services and food production soar, serving communities across the northeast.

Questioning the Image of Asian Americans as the “Model Minority”

Posted on: 29 Feb 2012

Asian American students dominate New York City’s elite public high schools, but not all Asian students are deemed “college ready.” A new report seeks to paint a more balanced picture of Asian Pacific American educational achievement.

Ethnic Media Confronts Advertisers Over Lack of Ad Revenue

Posted on: 22 Feb 2012

A heated exchange between ad executives and ethnic media publishers and editors fails to yield a consensus on how small newspapers can attract more advertising.

The Morton Memo In Action, Deportation Reprieves Granted, But Immigrants Remain in Limbo

Posted on: 02 Feb 2012

Deportation proceedings against two New Jersey brothers have been suspended, but they face an uncertain future under the Obama administration’s policy of prosecutorial discretion.

Looking Back at the Scandal of 2011: The Seductive Frenchman and a Feisty Hotel Maid

Posted on: 30 Dec 2011

Nafissatou Diallo’s criminal charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn were dismissed. But questions remain about asylum-seekers and the U.S. justice system.

New Book Highlights Those Who Successfully Navigated the Immigration System

Posted on: 28 Dec 2011

Green Card Stories, by journalist Saundra Amrhein, tells the stories of 50 people who climbed their way through the immigration law jungle.