La Caridad 78 is one of New York City’s last Cuban Chinese restaurants. The Lee Family founded the restaurant 52 years ago in Manhattan’s Upper West Side when they arrived from Cuba. The restaurant offers Chinese plates like fried rice and General Tso’s Chicken but customers go for their Cuban dishes like ropa vieja, picadillo, yellow rice, and beans.
Valentina Palm is a broadcast journalism major. Passionate about investigative journalism, she likes shining a light on community issues that sparks change. She is a student reporter for Caplin News's New York City Bureau and is a staff writer for FIU's student publication PantherNow, covering student government and FIU faculty. Valentina is interested in multimedia journalism and focuses on capturing compelling videos and photographs to accompany her written stories. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she understands the importance of the freedom of the press and the responsibility of accurately reporting the truth.