Post Tagged with: "South Asian"

Sayu Bhojwani (Photo via News India Times)

2017: A Year for South Asian Candidates in the NYC Area?

New York, Politics, South Asian March 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm

News India Times reports on why the time may be ripe for South Asian candidates in the NYC area.

A cricket game at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. (Photo by Chris Goldberg, Creative Commons license)

Cricket Gains New Grounds in NYC

Caribbean, In the News, South Asian, Sports November 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

A growing number of immigrants from the West Indies and South Asia have turned cricket into a more common sight on city fields. Queens Courier reports that with seven leagues, an annual NYPD cricket tournament and plenty of word-of-mouth, cricket’s popularity is quickly rising.

Muslim men, mainly Bangladeshis, observed the end of Ramadan, or Eid, in an East New York parking lot. (Photo by Abigail Savitch-Lew via Brooklyn Bureau)

Brooklyn’s Growing Bangladeshi Enclave

Brooklyn, Culture, Demographics, In the News, South Asian August 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The City Line area of East New York is fast becoming an enclave of the burgeoning Bangladeshi community, reports the Brooklyn Bureau. The area has undergone a rapid demographic change over the last decade.

Bengali-speaking voters will get ballots in their native language and interpreters at polling places on primary day. (Photo by Voices of NY)

Ballots in Bengali Debut in Primary, BOE Sued Over Compliance

Elections 2013, Politics, Queens, South Asian July 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

The New York City Board of Elections will offer ballots printed in Bengali for the upcoming September primaries but unsatisfied members of the Asian community and civil rights groups want firm assurance and have taken the BOE to court.

Shoppers at South Asian stores in Jackson Heights, Queens. (Photo by Zachary Korb, Creative Commons Licence)

Crime, City’s Economy Concern South Asian Voters

Elections 2013, In the News, Politics, South Asian June 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm

The city’s finances, budget cuts and security are some of the top issues for the city’s South Asian voters, most of whom remain undecided, reports News India Times.

Jackson Heights Food Cart Owners Join Cleanliness Program

Jackson Heights Food Cart Owners Join Cleanliness Program

Business, Food, Queens April 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Food cart owners operating in the Jackson Heights and Corona sections of City Council District 25 have joined a voluntary pilot project to keep the streets clean, especially around their carts, says a report published in Queens Chronicle.

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Book Exposes Lost History of ‘Bengali Harlem’

Immigration, In the News, Manhattan, Puerto Rican, South Asian February 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

A new book by Vivek Bald unveils the South Asian immigrant experience in America and its connection with the African-American and Puerto Rican communities, The News India Times reports.

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World Punjabi Organization Launches U.S. Chapter

Culture, Immigration, Religion, South Asian, Traditions January 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

The North America chapter of the World Punjabi Organization was inaugurated Jan. 6 in New Brunswick, N.J., at the Guru Palace restaurant, Desi Talk reports.

Hindus in New York Celebrate Diwali

Hindus in New York Celebrate Diwali

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian, Traditions November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hindus across the tri-state area celebrate Diwali this week, the Festival of Lights and the triumph of good over evil, for five days starting on Tuesday, November 13.

People from different communities watching the presidential debate at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights. Organizers also screened a documentary on Malala Yousafzai after the debate. (Photo via VOPA)

Attack on Malala Yousafzai Reverberates in NY’s Desi Enclaves

New York, Politics, South Asian October 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm

The Taliban attack on 15-year-old education activist Malala Yousafzai reverberates in Americans of Pakistan descent 10 days after she was shot in the head while riding in a school bus in Mingora, the largest city of the Swat Valley in Pakistan’s troubled northwest.

An image from Voices of NY's video on the Rego Park Senior Center. (Video by Channon Hodge and Cheryl Chan)

Graying in Color: Aging Actively Among Your Own

Demographics, Social Services, Video September 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

To serve New York City’s growing – and increasingly diverse – elderly population, senior center organizers are abandoning the “one size fits all” approach to senior care, and instead gearing programs to specific populations and cultures.

Director Mira Nair (in black) with the cast of "Reluctant Fundamentalist," including Kate Hudson (left). Photo by Jinal Shah/South Asian Times.

9/11 Film Seeks to Build Bridges between U.S. and Islamic World

New York, South Asian September 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

The “Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a new movie directed by New Yorker Mira Nair that addresses the prejudices that South Asians endured in the aftermath of 9/11, opened at the Venice Film Festival recently, The South Asian Times reported. Below are some excerpts from of the article.

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NYC’s South Asian Workers Underpaid, Exploited and Harassed

Business, Labor August 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

A new study offers a glimpse of the hazardous working conditions, wage theft and harassment that South Asian workers in New York endure, News India Times reports. It also highlights a burgeoning movement to address this exploitation.

Anju said she has had difficulty finding an employer that treats her fairly. (Photo by Kamana Shrestha/Women's eNews)

Profile: Raising Others’ Children, a Nanny Misses Her Own

Labor, South Asian June 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Women’s eNews put a human face on the plight of the 1.8 million domestic workers who make $20,000 or less per year, with a profile of a Nepalese nanny who lives in Queens. “Anju” described employers who ranged from inhumane to abusive — as well as the pain of being away from her own daughter.

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Opinion: A Defense of Dharun Ravi

Crime, In the News, South Asian May 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Throughout the trial of Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, Ravi’s support in one community has not flagged: South Asian immigrants have rallied for Ravi, and defended him against his critics. A columnist in News India Times last week lashed out against the judge who admonished Ravi during his sentencing, and accused newspapers that have criticized Ravi of hypocrisy.