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Bergen County Prosecutor and state attorney general nominee Gurbir Grewal with Gov.-elect Phil Murphy (Photo via Phil Murphy/Twitter)

First Sikh-American State Attorney General?

Government, Metro Area, South Asian December 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Gurbir Grewal, New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s pick for state attorney general, could become the first Sikh in the country to serve in the position, writes News India Times.

P.S. 032 State Street is the only public school in NYC to offer a Korean Dual Language program. (Screen shot via Google Maps)

Assemblymen Seek to Broaden Korean Language Program

East Asian, Education, Queens December 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm

With the Korean Dual Language program offered in only one school in the city, Queens Assemblymen Ron Kim and Edward Braunstein met with DOE officials to urge for an expansion, reports QNS.

Yang Song (right), Shi Yumei (middle) and Song Hai in the restaurant run by Song in Saipan. (Photo provided by the family to World Journal)

Family Tells Story of Masseuse Who Died in Flushing

East Asian, Labor, Queens December 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm

The family of Yang Song, the massage parlor worker in Flushing who jumped to her death over the Thanksgiving weekend, speaks to World Journal about her life in China and Saipan, and the harassment she endured earlier this year.

(Photo by Zainab Iqbal via BKLYNER)

Congregation Wants Kensington Mosque Reopened

Brooklyn, Muslim, South Asian December 5, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Bklyner reports that the congregation of Masjid Nur Al-Islam in Kensington is taking legal action to unlock the doors of the mosque and take it back from the man with the keys – their former imam.

Pundit Deen Bandhu Pokhrel reciting the Bhagavata Mahapurana last August. (Photo via vishwanews.com)

Will Pledges for New York Mahapurana be Paid?

Queens, South Asian, Video December 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Last August, donors pledged $1.5 million toward the construction of a Nepalese community center in Queens but most of the donors have yet to contribute the funds they pledged, reports Vishwa News.

‘The Inscrutable Chinese’ on Display

‘The Inscrutable Chinese’ on Display

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan, Video November 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm

SinoVision English Channel speaks to Homer Shew, the artist behind “The Inscrutable Chinese,” an exhibit that features paintings of Chinese-American faces and explores themes of immigration and representation.

Witnesses said Chinese girls jumped from there. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Massage Parlor Worker Dies in Police Raid

Business, East Asian, Queens November 28, 2017 at 5:09 pm

In reporting on a massage parlor worker who jumped to her death during a police raid in Flushing, Sing Tao Daily looks into the background of the Chinese immigrant and how some massage parlors affect area businesses.

Cranberry chutney (Photo by Subbu Arumugam, Creative Commons license)

Turkey Biryani on Thanksgiving

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian, Traditions November 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Indian-American millennials speak to News India Times about how they celebrate Thanksgiving and what the holiday means to them.

Jackson Heights Islamic Center and Mosque President Mirza Rahman. (Photo by Richard Loria via Queens Chronicle)

Bangladeshis Help the Rohingya: ‘It Is Only Natural’

Queens, South Asian November 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm

The Bangladeshi community in NYC is raising money, and awareness, in support of the Rohingya, reports Queens Chronicle.

Shiyu Lu (left) (Provided to World Journal by Lu)

New Film Inspired by Brooklyn Murder of a Chinese Family

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian November 21, 2017 at 3:46 pm

World Journal speaks to Shiyu “Rhyme” Lu, the director of “Gold Fortune,” a short film based on the case of Mingdong Chen, who murdered his relatives in Sunset Park in 2013.

City Council member Vincent Gentile introduced legislation earlier this year that imposes strict fines on landlords that make illegal conversions into multi-family homes.

Impact of Illegal Conversion Law in Southern Brooklyn

Brooklyn, East Asian, Housing November 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Critics of the new illegal home conversion law say it does not provide alternative options to displaced tenants as the city faces an affordable housing crisis, reports Kings County Politics.

Talukder came to the United States in the 1980s, when he was still a teenager, and qualified for the late amnesty program for green cards in 1990, he said. He later filed for asylum after receiving death threats from the Jamaat Islami Party, a fundamentalist party, while visiting Bangladesh, he said. (Photo by Katie Honan via City Limits)

Bangladeshi Father in Queens ‘Fears the Worst’

Immigration, Queens, South Asian November 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Riaz Talukder “fears the worst” ahead of his ICE check-in on Nov. 20 after agents told him last month “to return with a passport and a plane ticket back to Bangladesh,” writes City Limits.

Photo by Mustafa Z. Mirza via BKLYNER

Learning Desi Cooking at a Tax Office

Brooklyn, Social Services, South Asian, Women November 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm

On weekends, Bibi Jan Corp in “Little Pakistan” becomes a makeshift kitchen where Pakistani women learn to cook healthy South Asian meals, writes Bklyner.

Honorees of the 2017 Ambassador Awards, presented by TimesLedger newspapers to Queens immigrants who have made a difference in our community in the fields of medicine, art, business, law and philanthropy. (Photo by Michael Shain via Times Ledger)

‘Queens Heroes’ Celebrated

Twenty-five immigrants from different fields were honored by Times Ledger.

Lt. Col. Kamal Singh Kalsi (Photo courtesy of Sikh Coalition via News India Times)

Sikh Army Doctor Joins Murphy’s Transition Team

Metro Area, South Asian November 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Lt. Col. Kamal Singh Kalsi is one of several Indian Americans named to Gov.-Elect Phil Murphy’s transition team, reports News India Times.