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Domício Coutinho (Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

A Missionary for Brazilian Literature

Culture, Featured Posts, South American, Voices' Picks January 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Domício Coutinho studied to spread the word of God, but ended up promoting the work of Brazilian writers through the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts in New York, which he founded.

From left to right: Flor De Liz Perez, Daniel K. Isaac and Rafael Benoit (Photo by Marie Yokoyama via Downtown Express)

‘A Gay, North Korean Terrorist’ Takes the Stage

East Asian, History, Immigration, LGBTQ, South American January 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

In “Tala,” Korean-Chilean playwright Kyoung H. Park blends stories of couples around the time of Sept. 11 – of 1973 in Chile and 2001 in the U.S. – who get tangled up in conflicts of identity, government and immigration, reports Downtown Express. 

Chef Wong's name has become synonymous with Peru's most popular dish. (Photo courtesy of Héctor Castañeda via El Diario.)

World’s Best Ceviche Chef Has ‘No Secrets’

Food, South American January 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm

The recipient of a recent award in Stamford, CT, chef Javier Wong is interviewed by El Diario.

Unlike Central Americans, the dynamic of Ecuadorean immigrants is more discreet. (Courtesy of via El Diario)

Looking For the Disappeared Ecuadorean Migrants

Immigration, South American January 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Ecuadoreans seek answers after 200 immigrants have disappeared at the Mexican border and transit countries on their way to the U.S., El Diario reports.

Dozens of Colombians living in New York protested in front of the consulate. (Photo by Alexandra Ochoa via El Diario)

Local Colombians to Government Back Home: ‘We Do Exist’

Government, South American December 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm

In front of the Colombian Consulate in New York, Colombians protested plans to eliminate the seat representing them in their country’s Congress, El Diario reports.

Bringing Brazilian Crafts to New York

Bringing Brazilian Crafts to New York

A Spaniard who once lived in Brazil sells unusual handicrafts through her Brazilian Home Collection business in Passaic, New Jersey, and in Bryant Park in Manhattan.

Carmen Velásquez was elected in last Tuesday’s vote. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Ecuadorean Judge Makes History

Queens, South American November 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Ecuadorean Carmen Velásquez is the first South American to be elected judge for the Queens Supreme Court, El Diario reports.

Chilean artist Manuel Guerra (Photo by Antonio Flores-Lobos via La Voz)

Manuel Guerra Mártis: From Chile to the Hudson Valley

Culture, South American October 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

La Voz chronicles the eight-decade long story of Manuel Guerra Mártis, who fled Chile in 1973 and arrived in Ulster County where he started drawing as a distraction and ended up turning the restaurant where he worked into a gallery.

Elizabeth, New Jersey (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Colombians Plant a Flag In Elizabeth, NJ

Metro Area, South American October 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

There may not be another place in the Garden State with a larger concentration of Colombians than Elizabeth, New Jersey, El Diario reports.

Brazilians Follow Elections Back Home Closely

Brazilians Follow Elections Back Home Closely

Politics, South American September 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

But Brazilians voting in NY and NJ are discouraged about their choices.

Grace Alvear, originally from Guayaquil, has lived in the Bronx for seven years. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Ecuadoreans Find New Home In the Bronx

Bronx, South American September 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

After two decades of growth, the Bronx’s Ecuadoreans seek to gain the visibility and political empowerment that their Queens siblings have achieved, El Diario reports.

TuArepa co-owner Francisco Duran (Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via Queens Courier)

Chinese-Venezuelan Family Sells Arepas in Queens

Business, East Asian, Food, In the News, Queens, South American September 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Queens Courier profiles the Chinese-Venezuelan family behind TuArepa Pizza Cafe, which recently expanded its pizza menu to include Venezuelan dishes.

María Piedad Cano stands alongside her daughter-in-law, Nelly, at the door of their restaurant, Arepa Lady. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

‘Arepa Lady': Colombia in Queens

Business, In the News, South American August 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm

María Piedad Cano’s legacy to her children is her title as one of the best-known names in Colombian cuisine in New York, reports El Diario.

(Photo by Victor Matos via El Diario)

Ecuadorean Parade in Queens

Culture, Queens, South American August 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm

The Ecuadorean parade in Queens on August 3 drew thousands, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, to a colorful display of dancers, El Diario reports.

Colombian parade held last year on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, Queens. (Photo via El Diario)

‘Little Colombia’ Needs Representation

In the News, Metro Area, Politics, South American July 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Colombians, 1.5 million strong in the tri-state area, have little representation and are fractured as a community. Some leaders are trying to change that, El Diario reports.