Allentown’s Morning Call reports a cultural shift occurring in Bethlehem as hundreds of Asians from New York pour into the city by casino bus daily, lured by $45 in free slot play for the price of a $15 bus ticket. Many sell their Sands casino cards and scatter across the South Side to await the bus ride home many hours later.
Call reporters examined changes transforming not only Bethlehem, but heavily Asian-populated New York City neighborhoods in Flushing, Chinatown and Brooklyn. They gave a glimpse of the bus riders for whom the daily trip to the Sands is “not only a way of life but a way to live.”
Join reporters Matt Assad and Pamela Lehman, and photographer Kevin Mingora as they discuss their recent two-day series on Tuesday, April 29 at Northampton Community College’s main campus in Bethlehem Township.
Journalism professor Rob Hays will serve as moderator for the event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in College Center 190. The presentation, part of an ongoing series featuring reporters and their stories, is sponsored by NCC’s journalism program.
The program is open free to everyone, especially high school students weighing careers in the news media. The college’s second-floor food court will be open to visitors needing lunch.
For reservations to attend the event, call Hays at 610-861-4159.