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NYC Embraces the Year of the Monkey

NYC Embraces the Year of the Monkey

Asian, Culture, Featured Posts, Metro Area, Traditions February 11, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Voices of NY maps Lunar New Year celebrations around the metro area.

Young Mariachi Singer Takes After Her Father

Young Mariachi Singer Takes After Her Father

Culture, Mexican, New York, Video February 10, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Meet 12-year-old Ximena Roca who sings about issues facing her family and community, in this segment of CUNY TV’s “Nueva York.”

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Learning English, History and Bomba in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Puerto Rican, Video February 5, 2016 at 5:59 pm

BRIC TV goes into the classroom of El Puente’s BombaYo art program, which teaches kids history through bomba, a traditional dance and music form of Puerto Rico.

Artist Makes Sculptures From Discarded Books

Artist Makes Sculptures From Discarded Books

Bronx, Culture, East Asian, Video January 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Long-Bin Chen makes sculptures and busts of historical figures and religious icons using books about them. SinoVision stops by his Bronx studio.

Step Afrika! in Brooklyn

Step Afrika! in Brooklyn

African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts, Video January 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Step Afrika!, the first professional company devoted to stepping, gave high-energy performances at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.

From left: Gang Won Lee, executive director of KAAQ; Paul Roo, president of KAAQ; Hak Yeon Shin, president of New York branch of The Korea Times, have agreed to co-host the 2016 Lunar New Year Parade. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Korean Groups to Host the Lunar New Year Parade in Queens

Culture, East Asian, Queens January 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

The Korea Times reports that it will join the Korean American Association of Queens in hosting the parade portion of the Lunar New Year festivities in Flushing next month.

Lake Atitlán with the volcanoes San Pedro and Toliman, from "Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams" (Photo by Fran Antmann)

A Lens on the Healers of Guatemala

A Brooklyn-based photographer who travelled to Guatemala many times profiles Maya healers and bonesetters in a soon-to-be-published photography book.

Forty-one-year-old Tony Peralta’s work combines pop art and New York’s Latino culture.  (Photo via El Diario)

Pop Art with a Dominican Touch

Culture, Dominican, Manhattan, New York December 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Washington Heights artist Tony Peralta draws his inspiration from the Latino culture in the United States, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo by David Gonzalez via The Hunts Point Express)

Remembering Barrios in the South Bronx

Bronx, Culture December 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Images of the South Bronx in the 70s and 80s are among the examples of “Barrios” on display at the King Juan Carlos 1 Center of Spain, reports the Hunts Point Express.

Deborah Wasserman (Photo by Francena Ottley for Voices of NY)

No More Sexual Exploitation, Says Jackson Heights Artist

Culture, Featured Posts, Latino, Queens, Voices' Picks, Women December 11, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Jackson Heights artist Deborah Wasserman dons a mask and hands out fake “chica cards” in order to alert the public to sexual exploitation going on in their neighborhood.

“I see [us] growing even more,” says bookstore founder Aurora Anaya-Cerda. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

One Chapter Closes, Another Opens for La Casa Azul

Business, Culture, Manhattan December 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm

La Casa Azul, a popular bookstore and community space in El Barrio, will close later this month as owner Aurora Anaya-Cerda looks for a larger and “more influential” location, reports Manhattan Times.

(Photo via The Korea Times)

Opinion: Understanding the Bathing Culture of Korea

Culture, East Asian, Metro Area, New York, Opinion December 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm

In the wake of a controversy over a Korean spa’s 24-hour service in Palisades Park, New Jersey, an opinion piece in The Korea Times explains Korean spa culture.

The "Dongrak" team (Photo courtesy of the Korean Cultural Service NY)

Korean Traditional Music and Theater to be Showcased in Flushing

Culture, East Asian, Queens December 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

A traditional Korean music and dance troupe will be the first to perform as part of the Open Stage series at Flushing Town Hall on Dec. 11, Korea Daily reports.

John Tsoi (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

A Chinese Artist ‘Blindfolded’

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan November 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm

The Taoism-inspired artwork of artist Jon Tsoi, currently on display at WhiteBox, involves slashed canvases, tangled ropes and splashed paint, all created while blindfolded, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Still No Relief Three Years After Sandy

Still No Relief Three Years After Sandy

Bronx, Culture, Queens, Video November 13, 2015 at 5:18 pm

This edition of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” features segments on the continuing impacts of Hurricane Sandy, on the environment and the lives of survivors, and the bilingual children’s book “Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural,” set in the South Bronx.