For more than 20 years, Alex Peng has been dedicated to working in the field of journalism and broadcasting. And on Thursday, the Islanders Mandarin Chinese play-by-play broadcaster was recognized by New York State Assemblywoman Ellen Young for his efforts to reach out to the Asian communities throughout the world, using sports as his tool. Peng was bestowed the honor of a New York State Proclamation at the Rose House in Flushing, Queens.
“This award is about our community as a whole, our sports community and the community in which I live, in Queens,” said Peng. “I have been lucky enough to serve a lot of fans over the years, and have always adhered to the motto of trying to be better each day. I try to enjoy each story I tell, like it’s our own life.”
Now in his second season, Peng does play-by-play of Saurday night Islanders home games in Mandarin Chinese, along with color commentator Justin Chang. While Peng admits that he had never broadcasted hockey prior to last season, he has picked up the sport quickly and thoroughly enjoys the experience.
“Before last season, I never had the chance to talk about hockey and would not have considered myself a hockey fan,” said Peng. “Things have changed from a season ago. Now I’m a hockey fan. One of the challenges is the language barrier, where many of the terms are not found in Mandarin. You have to learn about the spirit and the inspiration of the game to fully appreciate it. We try to bring the beauty of the game to the fans.”
The Chinese telecasts can be heard during each Saturday night Islanders home game by utilizing the Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) option on your television.
Assemblywoman Young has known Peng since 1980, when they both worked at the China Institute of America in Manhattan. She has been following Peng’s broadcasting career closely and is thrilled to have given this honor to him in front of many of his friends and family.
“Alex has been dedicated to serving the community for more than two decades,” said Young. “He has bridged the gap between mainstream sports in North America and the Asian community, while providing broadcasts of sports like basketball, baseball and hockey in Mandarin. His radio show has attracted many Chinese-speaking listeners across the world. Alex is a pioneer superstar.”
When Peng is not broadcasting Islanders games from the Nassau Coliseum press box, he is the sports editor of the news radio program Chinese American Voice. The program has been in existence for 11 years, and has served millions of Chinese-speaking individuals in the New York City area. Click here
to read an article that appeared in The New York Times
last year about Alex Peng and Justin Chang’s Islanders broadcasts.