South Asian

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian October 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

In Queens on Oct. 24, about 300 Newah people celebrated their Nepali new year and a ritual purification of the self, Mha Puja.

Khumariyaan lead guitarist Sparlay Rawail claps during their performance on Sunday. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Pashto Music Comes to New York

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, South Asian October 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Members of the instrumental group Khumariyaan held their fourth concert of a U.S. tour at the Asia Society in New York on Oct. 12, melding traditional folk music and modern music.

‘Invisible No More’ and Eleven-Inch Heels

‘Invisible No More’ and Eleven-Inch Heels

Caribbean, Culture, Health, South Asian October 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

Caribbean identity when it comes to the U.S. Census, art assemblages by a cancer survivor, and “wow factor” shoes in this episode of Independent Sources.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Casey Tolan, via Gotham Gazette)

Modi Promises Lifetime Visa for Indian Americans

In the News, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian September 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s promise to change visa policy and his vision for the country’s future have energized the community in the U.S. But the enthusiasm has not dampened the spirits of his critics, reports Gotham Gazette and News India Times.

Political dissent can be advertised atop a cab. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Pakistan’s Political Divide on Display in NYC

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian, Voices' Picks September 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Opposition and government supporters staged noisy rallies as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the U.N.

Bakwas (‘Nonsense’ in Punjabi) Returns to NY

Bakwas (‘Nonsense’ in Punjabi) Returns to NY

Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts, South Asian September 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Bakwas, showcasing Indian performers in different contexts, returns to the city.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

Big Reception Planned for Indian Prime Minister in NYC

Manhattan, South Asian September 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Indian community is throwing an unprecedented reception for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Madison Square Garden but his critics plan a protest, reports News India Times.

Women cook for langar meal at Sikh gurudwara. (Photo by Ramaa Raghavan via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Religious Tradition With an Indian Taste

Food, Metro Area, Religion, South Asian September 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Sikhism’s tradition of offering free food to the gurudwaras’ visitors is keeping temple kitchens very busy, reports Feet in 2 Worlds.

Pakistan Day Parade organizers ride a float down the Madison Avenue on August 24. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Pakistan Turmoil Clouds Independence Day Parade in NYC

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, South Asian, Voices' Picks August 25, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Some celebrants worry about the future of democracy in their country of origin.

(Photo via Ditmas Park Corner)

Coney Island Avenue’s Pakistani Treats and Brooklyn ‘Mela’

Brooklyn, Culture, Food, South Asian August 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Brooklyn’s Coney Island Avenue-based MashAllah Sweets and Restaurant is a haven for South Asian food, reports Ditmas Park Corner’s Anna Gustafson, who also covers a festival marking Pakistan’s 68th independence day.

(Photo by Susan Sermoneta, via Creative Commons license)

India Day Comes to Madison Avenue

Culture, In the News, Manhattan, South Asian August 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Billed as the largest India Day Parade in the world, the independence day celebrations in Midtown Manhattan saw over 200,000 in attendance, reports Desi Talk.

Former factory worker Nazma Akter, left, now represents Bangladeshi laborers full time. She presented the proposal on behalf of AFL-CIO calling for Ralph Lauren Corporation to  conduct a "human rights risk assessment" and sign the Bangladesh Accord on Building and Fire Safety. With her is Rev. David M. Schilling, the Senior Program Director at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a shareholder coalition which supports the proposal. (Photo by Jennifer Lehman for Voices of NY)

NYC Comptroller Supports Asian Textile Workers

Scott Stringer seconds a proposal requesting that Ralph Lauren Corporation sign a safety accord.

Mohammed "Khokon" Rahman hosts a World Cup viewing at his restaurant in Parkchester. [Photograph by Chris Crowley]

A Bangladeshi ‘Living Room’ in the Bronx

Bronx, Business, Demographics, Food, Housing, In the News, South Asian August 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

A restaurant in Parkchester is contributing to the rise and growth of the Bangladeshi community in the Bronx, reports Real Cheap Eats.

Co-ops in Jackson Heights: Built to provide wealthier Anglo-Americans with a refuge from the rest of the city in a “restricted garden community.” (Photo by Thomas Mariadason via Open City)

Housing Discrimination Persists in Jackson Heights

Housing, In the News, Queens, Real Estate, South Asian July 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm

“Normal, white, and straight” remain the unofficial criteria for joining some co-op communities in Jackson Heights. Open City details one couple’s experience with housing discrimination in the Queens neighborhood.

South Queens panel discussion on the consequences of Hindu offerings in Jamaica Bay (Photo by Domenick Rafter via Queens Chronicle)

Practicing Puja in Jamaica Bay

Culture, Environment, In the News, Queens, South Asian July 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Environmentalists and Hindu leaders in South Queens met recently to discuss ameliorating the impact of ritual offerings made in Jamaica Bay, Queens Chronicle reports.