WTC information reaches Chinese

NEW YORK: A Chinese advocacy group is using techniques ranging from

press conferences to door-to-door visits to publicize the benefits

available to those affected by the World Trade Center attacks.

Laura Liu, staff organizer of the Chinese Staff and Workers' Association

(CSWA), said her group was just one of the many New York immigrant

groups helping their communities.

Chinatown, the physical and emotional epicenter of New York City's

Chinese population, abuts the former site of the WTC and current site of

the cleanup, with many business and residential areas still restricted

due to emergency measures.

Liu said the CSWA began talking to the general, Chinese, and US Chinese

media as soon as it could after the attack. In a series of press

conferences, the group has spoken about issues related to available

assistance (including workers' compensation), as well as how members of

the Chinese community can aid the relief effort.

"Non-English-speaking immigrants may not know how to report someone

missing, or may be afraid to report people missing," said Liu.

The best way to reach the large, but sometimes insular Chinese

population, especially recent immigrants, is meeting with them one on

one, Liu explained.

However, uncoordinated assistance, as well as complicated claims, have

led Liu to try to organize workers who may fall through the cracks -

especially those who have lost subcontracting work. "We're trying to get

the word out to organize them to let them know we feel they are entitled

to some form of compensation," she said.

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