“Our identities are made up of many, often conflicting parts, but are of us, nonetheless.”
The Khmer poet and musician brings us a special performance
After nearly 40 years, is ‘home’ still ‘home’, or is it a foreign country, a land full of strangers?
Men are standing side by side with women in the struggle
to stop domestic violence and toxic masculinity.
Indo-Caribbean women bring to light an issue that used to be confined behind closed doors.
An Indo-Carib couple’s tale: When pursuing dreams give way to raising a family in NYC
A quest for Armenian coffee in the inauguration’s aftermath led one writer to ask, how much of ourselves do we need to let go in order to see ourselves in others?
The masjid wasn’t even close to finished, but our fathers were starting from the top and were building their way down.
In the wake of the end of DACA, we’re sharing poems, essays and stories written for and about undocumented immigrants.
Two Bangladeshi New Yorkers share their culture with their city and empower their community through their new street food pop-up.
For Chung Hwa regulars and Flushing residents, the closing of the 30-year old bookshop meant the demise of a community resource center.
Cha, chai or te? A Richmond Hill family’s multiple ways of preparing what Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu called “the elixir of life.”
In Richmond Hill, a neighborhood’s safety concerns are pitted against a city’s effort to bring youth offenders closer to home. And the residents are up in arms.
The Nepalese and Tibetan communities in Jackson Heights mix tradition with modern to keep their heritage alive.
Ali Najmi, the contender to represent one of the largest South Asian enclaves in NYC, talks about Glen Oaks, the Sikh gurdwaras, and taxi drivers.
When Flushing was a neighborhood of European immigrants in the 1940s, Pearl Chow’s was one of the sole Asian families there.
Many of the neighborhood’s roti shops are located just steps from the A train. For Richmond Hill residents, gyaffing and hot doubles can remedy anything the MTA throws at them.
“…I’d see non-Sikhs…be scared because there were so many turbans around them. I want to end that,” Amrinder Singh explained.
Vintage American country-western music helps Indo-Guyanese express ineffable heartbreak, spirituality and political emergence.
Barriers to Banking Push Queens Immigrants Towards Alternative, Financial Services
Roti is everyday food in Punjabi homes. At the gurdwara, it takes on a new name and becomes a symbol of service.
A momo evangelist introduces foodies to a lesser known dumpling and to the Tibetans and Nepalese who love them.
Harmoniums are all over South Asian music. But they also connect Guyana and Punjab spiritually
Diwali is celebrated in various ways by South Asian peoples. The Sikh celebration adds politics to the mix.
Buddhist “mercy releases” have long set animals free in ways that may harm them. Parks and animal protection organizations are working to make it better.
Queens temples break from Western architecture and remake old buildings into new spaces for divine encounters
Worker-owned cooperatives gain immigrant women more than income. They give them a cure for the “tensions” that harm their physical and mental health.
My grandmother spent many long years cleaning toilets, washing bedsheets, and mopping floors doing the best she could to navigate a country knowing her then-undocumented status and her lack of language skills put her at a severe disadvantage.
They tasted like a vanilla pudding—sweet and light. I’d long wondered if these berries were safe to eat, but Chin seemed to be nibbling without worry…
When I’m on the train, I draw a lot. I have absolutely no time for meditation. But when I’m painting, that’s…my meditation.”
In Queens to “clash,” Japanese dancehall kings Mighty Crown talk old-school Brooklyn and dub plates
…incoming donations were piled up two and three boxes deep on the sidewalk.
“The typhoon really hit me hard,” she said. “I live in New York, but I’m still Filipino.”
As pure Tibetans, they seem to have a more direct connection to whatever their cause is…But in my case, I would be there thinking, I don’t have the genuine drive in a way. I was supporting the cause, but at the same time, I saw myself differently.
When working with the 12 to 19 year old set, she goes by two simple rules: 1.) Don’t disrespect them and 2.) Stand your ground.
A Conversation with Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Queens Author and Rapper
The clinking coins were saved for two reasons – to feed the neighborhood parking meters and to pay for kiddie rides outside the supermarket where my family shopped.
We’re singing our praises to Queens! Join Bushra Rehman and friends/writers/artists Jaishri Abichandani, Nadia Q. Ahmad, Jennifer Chowdhury, Dulani, Soniya Munshi, and Sa’dia Rehman for a multi-media, salon-style reading and celebration of Rehman’s new novel Corona,which was recently featured in Poets & Writers Best Debut Fiction issue. Accompanied by iconic images of Queens, these readers pay tribute to Rehman’s lyrical coming-of-age narrative as well as the borough they call home.
There are lists of some slave uprisings in the late 1600s. There were gallows next to Beaver Pond.
The Basement Bhangra deejay revisits the neighborhood of a legendary Hollis nightclub that flourished in the 90s.
Sisters Deanna Fei and Jessica Fei capture the many faces of Flushing: a home, a place of transit, a new territory.
I recall the monkey god’s gaze at the Ganapati Temple and my own impulsive desire to offer him a coconut.
Dispatch from Far Rockaway and Jamaica in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
A handful of books provide vivid details on the rap that grew out of Queens.
Gathering fragments of a changing neighborhood.
The newest fashion craze in Queens.