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From left to right: Carlyle McKetty, co-founder of the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR); filmmaker Storm Saulter, and CPR co-founder Sharon Gordon at a 2013 CPR event (Photo courtesy of Sharon Gordon)

Preserving Reggae Music in Brooklyn – and Beyond

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts April 24, 2015 at 4:16 pm

The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend with a performance of the International Women of Reggae at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.

Organizers of the Flushing Street Festival with balloon sculptures (Photo via Queens Courier)

Flushing Street Festival Planned

Asian, Culture, East Asian, Food, Queens April 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Organizers announced plans for the second annual Flushing Street Festival to be held on Aug. 1. It is expected to be much larger than last year’s, Queens Courier reports.

Participants in Berlin at "A Night of Philosophy," which is being presented on the night of April 24 in New York City. (Photo via France-Amérique)

A Philosophical Soirée

Culture, Western European April 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm

“A Night of Philosophy” will be held at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy of New York and adjoining locations the night of April 24, reports France-Amérique.

‘Anyone Can Be a Ninja’

‘Anyone Can Be a Ninja’

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan April 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

SinoVision attends the opening night of the Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015. The four-day event included “old school” martial arts and action films involving this year’s theme – ninjas.

Akim Funk Buddha’s Urban Tea Ceremony brings hip hop style to a traditional Japanese ritual. (Photo via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Japanese Culture in Full Bloom at Brooklyn Festival

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian April 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

The 34th annual Sakura Matsuri (cherry blossom festival) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, and will include an urban tea ceremony and a cosplay fashion show, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Celebrating Garifuna Heritage with Jazz

Celebrating Garifuna Heritage with Jazz

Hear from members of the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble about how they keep their cultural heritage alive.

Pop-up Exhibit Features Local Thai Artists

Pop-up Exhibit Features Local Thai Artists

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts April 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Two Thai artists who have lived in NYC for some years teamed up for a pop-up exhibit in Bushwick recently.

The Little-Known Chinese-American Artist Behind Bambi

The Little-Known Chinese-American Artist Behind Bambi

Culture, East Asian, History, Manhattan April 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

SinoVision tours “Water to Paper, Paint to Sky,” an exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America on the Chinese-born artist Tyrus Wong whose work for Bambi and other productions was influenced by traditional Chinese art.

Celebrating the Thai New Year in Queens

Celebrating the Thai New Year in Queens

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens, Video April 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Thais in Elmhurst marked the three days of Songkran with a water-pouring ritual and by paying respect to their elders.

Customers admire the beauty of the colorful objects. (Photo by Guadalupe Ramos via Diario de Mexico)

A Bit of Mexico in NY at ‘La Sirena’

Culture, Manhattan, Mexican April 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Diario de México pays a visit to La Sirena Mexican Folk Art, the East Village store where Dina Leor sells objects that she purchased over the past 15 years on numerous visits to Mexico.

Meet the Fil-Am Cast Members of ‘The King and I’

Meet the Fil-Am Cast Members of ‘The King and I’

Culture, Manhattan, Southeast Asian April 13, 2015 at 5:28 pm

In anticipation of the April 16 revival of “The King and I,” Asian Journal speaks to some of the Filipino-American cast members of the show.

‘Nueva York':  From Colombian artist Carlos Jacanamijoy to a South Bronx Worker Co-op

‘Nueva York': From Colombian artist Carlos Jacanamijoy to a South Bronx Worker Co-op

Culture, Immigration, Labor, Latino, New York, Video April 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

In the April 9 episode of CUNY TV’s “Nueva York”: Meet two college students who are part of the DACA program, a Colombian painter with connections to the indigenous Inga people, and members of a worker co-op for the environment in the South Bronx.

Meet the New Chair of the Dominican Day Parade

Meet the New Chair of the Dominican Day Parade

Culture, Dominican, New York, Video April 6, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Angela Fernández speaks to City & State’s Gerson Borrero about becoming the new head of the Dominican Day Parade.

Jared Wellington was one of 100 kids at Red Hook Houses who learned to take photos. (Photo via The Brooklyn Paper)

Kids in NYCHA Snap Photos for New Book

Brooklyn, Culture, Housing, Youth April 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

A photography project that put cameras in the hands of public housing residents, most of them young people, has culminated in the upcoming release of “Project Lives,” reports The Brooklyn Paper.

Folksbiene and Museum of Jewish Heritage officials (Photo courtesy of MJH via The Jewish Week)

Folksbiene and Museum of Jewish Heritage ‘Engaged’

Culture, Jewish, Manhattan April 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust have entered an agreement which could result in a merger within two years, The Jewish Week reports.