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Pakistani-American Doctors Create Comic Series

Pakistani-American Doctors Create Comic Series

History, South Asian May 27, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Inspired by their Pakistani roots, physicians Omar Mirza and Khurram Mehtabdin introduce new superheroes in the historical fiction comic series “Zindan: The Last Ansaars.”

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‘Psychedelic-Purple Curry’ and More at Lakruwana on SI

Food, South Asian, Staten Island May 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Home to the largest Sri Lankan community in the United States, Staten Island has “several extraordinary Sri Lankan restaurants.” A Gay City News reporter pays a visit to one of them, Lakruwana.

Kulwinder "Jani" Singh, co-owner of Punjabi Grocery & Deli, from Tribeca Film Festival video.

A Taxi Stand to Save Punjabi Deli – But ‘There’s a Catch’

Business, Manhattan, South Asian May 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Punjabi Deli on the Lower East side relies on the business of cabbies. A proposal for a “temporary stand” hasn’t mollified the deli owners, The Lo-Down reports.

Henna art done by Farzana Fatema (Photo courtesy of Farzana Fatema via Times Ledger)

A Grassroots Henna Business in Queens

Business, Queens, South Asian May 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Bangladesh native Farzana Fatema turned her hobby of henna tattooing into a business thanks to social media, reports Times Ledger.

Participants at Jackson Heights' Diversity Plaza Monday evening May 3 for a prayer honoring victims of the Nepal earthquake. (Photo by Cristina Schreil for Queens Chronicle)

Tibetans in NY Remember Earthquake Victims

Queens, South Asian May 5, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Tibetans from the NY area attended a prayer vigil for victims of the April 25 earthquake centered in Nepal, which also affected neighboring Tibet, reports Queens Chronicle.

At Diversity Plaza on Sunday April 26 (Photo by Pralay Rajbhandari for Queens Courier)

Raising Funds for Nepal

New York, Queens, South Asian April 29, 2015 at 4:06 pm

The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 is prompting many local Nepali groups to raise money to help the victims, Queens Courier reports.

Sikhs Parade on Madison Avenue

Sikhs Parade on Madison Avenue

A panoply of colors was on view at the Sikh Day Parade on April 25.

Nepalese in NYC: Reacting to the Devastation

Nepalese in NYC: Reacting to the Devastation

Featured Posts, New York, Queens, South Asian, Voices' Picks April 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Nepalese in New York reacted to news of a devastating earthquake that killed and injured thousands.

The annual awards ceremony at Mega Academy is littered with many faces of growingly diverse ethnic participation. (Photo via World Journal)

Chinese Cram Schools Attract Different Ethnicities

East Asian, Education, New York, South Asian April 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Chinese-run cram schools are attracting a diverse range of students, World Journal reports.

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City Swears in First Indian-American Female Judge

Government, South Asian, Staten Island April 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Expanding on an earlier profile of Raja Rajeswari, Desi Talk goes into greater detail on the Chennai-born judge committed to fighting gender inequality and domestic violence.

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Accomplished Dancer to be City’s First Female Indian-American Judge

Government, South Asian, Staten Island April 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

Poised to become the city’s first female judge of South Asian descent, Staten Island assistant district attorney Raja Rajeswari is also an accomplished dancer of Bharatnatyam and Kucchipudi, reports Desi Talk.

Attendees at the March 8 opening of the new APUS Center in Brooklyn, including Shahid Khan (far left, front row) and Mathieu  Eugene (far right) and Eric Adams (second from right) (Photo courtesy of Shahid Khan, via Ditmas Park Corner)

New Center for Pakistani Culture Opens in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, South Asian March 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

The Alliance for Pakistan and Urdu Studies (APUS) and a Brooklyn organization have opened a new community center in Ditmas Park to promote Pakistani literature and cultures, help immigrants and foster ties with the community, Ditmas Park Corner reports.

Preparing parshaaday in Richmond Hill (Screen shot via Open City)

Preparing Parshaaday in a Queens Gurdwara

Food, Queens, South Asian March 5, 2015 at 12:07 pm

At the Sikh gurdwara in Richmond Hill every Sunday, volunteers prepare up to 9,000 Punjabi rotis to serve to anyone who comes, for free, reports Open City.

Neaplese community leader Shailesh Shrestha with City Council member Danny Dromm at a meeting to inform the community about IDNYC in early February. (Photo via Shrestha's TV show)

Informing Nepali Speakers About IDNYC

Government, Queens, South Asian February 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm

To combat immigration concerns and language barriers, Nepali-speaking organizations are working to educate the community on IDNYC and its benefits. Council member Daniel Dromm also addressed the community, reports Queens Chronicle.

A candlelight vigil was held the evening of Dec. 16 for victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan (Photo by Mohsen Zaheer for Voices of NY)

NYC Pakistanis Shocked by Attack

Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian, Voices' Picks December 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm

In New York, there was widespread horror at the Taliban attack Dec. 16 that left more than 140 dead at the Army Public School in Peshawar.