South American

General Antonio Rivero (left,) student Josmir Guitérrez and engineer Eduardo Bavarezco protested for 148 hours.  (Photo by Andrea González-Ramírez via El Diario)

Venezuelans End Hunger Strike at the UN

Manhattan, South American June 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Three Venezuelans ended a hunger strike in front of the United Nations headquarters in protest against human rights violations in their country, El Diario reports.

Stacy Kovacs, co-founder and director of Batala NYC. (Photo courtesy of Batala NYC via Brooklyn Daily)

‘Celebration Continues’ for All-Women Afro-Brazilian Drum Group

Brooklyn, Culture, South American May 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

The dozens of members of Batala NYC, described as an “Afro-Brazilian samba reggae percussion band,” will celebrate the group’s third birthday at “The Carnival Project” in Gowanus.

(Photo courtesy of Jesús Hidalgo)

‘Medicine Music’ on the Lower East Side

Jesús Hidalgo speaks about his “medicine music” before performing at the Teatro LATEA on May 9 and 10.

The gang's initials "SN" (Sombra Negra) are seen in the streets of Corona, Queens. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Transnational Menace In Black & White

Crime, Queens, South American, Youth April 29, 2015 at 11:02 am

Sombra Negra (Black Shadow), a violent gang born in Ecuador, is also active in Queens, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Checking out the Amazon jungle (Photo by Eric Sackler via Brooklyn Daily)

Sunset Park Students Study the Amazon

Education, Environment, Latino, South American March 17, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Middle school students from Sunset Park got to spend a week studying the flora and fauna of the Amazon, reports Brooklyn Daily.

A member of the Humanist Party holds a sign in support of peace in Colombia. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Supporting Peace in Colombia

Queens, South American March 10, 2015 at 11:46 am

Queens Latino reports on Colombians in New York who marched in support of efforts in Havana to bring a peaceful resolution to the decades long conflict between the government and the insurgency in Colombia.

José Antonio Castellanos-Pazos (Photo by Alexandre Soares for Voices of NY)

Portuguese Gains Popularity at Universities

The language is one of only four languages for which enrollment has been growing at the university level.

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.