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Madani Halal: Preserving Tradition After Founder’s Death  

Featured Posts, Food, Muslim, Queens, South Asian February 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Butcher Imran Uddin continues to serve customers at Madani Halal, founded by his recently deceased father, while he contemplates his future role in the Bangladeshi community of Queens.

Sujeet Rajan (Photo via News India Times)

Opinion: Exhorting Indians to Fight Racist Attacks

Crime, New York, Opinion, South Asian February 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Sujeet Rajan, executive editor of Parikh Worldwide Media, warns of a risky time for non-whites and urges action against racism in News India Times.

Nepali community members at an event at Sherpa Kyidug Hall in Elmhurst, Queens called for Feb. 5 to discuss Presdient Trump's recent executive order. (Photo by Anuz Thapa for Voices of NY)

Worries over Trump’s Action Among Nepalese

Featured Posts, Immigration, Queens, South Asian February 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The Nepalese community, like many others in NYC, worries about the wider consequences of President Trump’s action against visitors, immigrants and refugees from seven nations.

"Eating With Arsalan" from BKLYNER (Image via video)

‘Eating With Arsalan’ in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Food, South Asian February 2, 2017 at 11:54 am

With the help of Arsalan Naeem, BKLYNER takes viewers to South Asian restaurants on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, in the inaugural episode of “Eating With Arsalan.”

OB-GYN doctor Uma Mysorekar spoke at the inauguration for the Indian Cultural Unit on Dec. 5. The community advocate serves as the president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America. (Photo courtesy of Parker Jewish Instiute via Times Ledger)

Queens Health Nonprofit Opens Indian Unit

Health, Long Island, Queens, South Asian January 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation will open an Indian Cultural Unit to serve the growing community in parts of Queens and Long Island, reports Times Ledger.

Sikh Officers pictured in their newly allowed turbans (Photo courtesy of Sikh Officers Association/Facebook via Queens Tribune)

NYPD Allows Turbans for Sikh Officers

New York, Police, South Asian January 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm

The NYPD recently announced a policy change that would allow Sikh officers to wear a full turban while on the job, reports Queens Tribune.

South Asians on a DACA ‘Betrayal’

South Asians on a DACA ‘Betrayal’

Featured Posts, Immigration, South Asian, Video January 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Hear from some young South Asians about their fear of losing DACA protection after Donald Trump becomes president.

(Photo via News India Times)

Weprin on Hate Crimes

Crime, Queens, South Asian December 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Assemblyman David I. Weprin, who represents the multiethnic neighborhoods of Queens, held a meeting of his South Asian Advisory Panel to discuss hate crimes, News India Times reports.

Poonam Dass, 18, a member of Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM) and a DACA recipient, said, "A 'Hate-Free Zone' does not happen without the people in this crowd, in this neighborhood, in this city. The times we are living in now demand we work as communities to love and protect each other."

Jackson Heights March in Defense of Immigrants

Latino, LGBTQ, Muslim, Queens, South Asian December 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Roosevelt Avenue was the epicenter of an anti-Trump march attended by hundreds protesting racism, sexism, discrimination and attacks against people of color, Queens Latino reports.

Newspaper racks in Manhattan. (Photo by Anuz Thapa for Voices of NY)

Newspaper Racks: A First for Nepalese Papers in NYC 

Featured Posts, Media, New York, South Asian, Voices' Picks December 1, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Vishwa Sandesh became the first Nepalese paper to have sidewalk racks set up in Queens and Manhattan. Will it give the publication an edge in the competitive Nepalese newspaper market?

(Photo via Desi Talk)

The ‘Story of Diwali,’ Broadway-style, in NJ

Culture, South Asian November 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm

The multiethnic cast of “Ramayana and the story of Diwali” performed the ancient Indian tale in Jersey City on Nov. 19 in English, which the organizer told Desi Talk was key in appealing to a universal audience.

Left to right: Saba Ismail, Samson Salamat and Shahid Khan, wearing the hallmark orange of the Rwadari Tehreek movement, borrowed from Sufi symbolism. (Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

Pakistani Human Rights Activists Visit ‘Little Pakistan’

Brooklyn, South Asian, Women November 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Ditmas Park Corner speaks with Pakistani human rights defenders during their visit to Coney Island Avenue to spread their causes of fighting terrorism and advocating for women’s rights.

Community leader Mian Quadry spoke at the event. (Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

Bangladeshis in Kensington Talk It Out After the Election

Brooklyn, Elections 2016, South Asian November 14, 2016 at 5:49 pm

A forum in Kensington organized by Bangladeshi community leaders and Council member Brad Lander gave locals an opportunity to process and speak their thoughts in the aftermath of the election, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

Founder of Republican Hindu Coalition Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar with Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager and spokesperson, at a press briefing following Trump’s acceptance speech at the Hilton Hotel, New York City, Nov. 9. (Photo via News India Times)

Indian Americans Cheer Trump Win

Elections 2016, New York, Politics, South Asian November 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Some Indian Americans are predicting that Donald Trump will be a great friend to India and hire many Indian Americans in the new administration, reports News India Times.

Watch party in Kensington (Photo by Hasiba Haq via Ditmas Park Corner)

Kensington Immigrants React to Trump Win

Brooklyn, Elections 2016, South Asian November 9, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Reaction in Kensington to Donald Trump’s win was mixed, finds Ditmas Park Corner.