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Photos above and below: NRIs4BJP supporters held Chowkidar March, car rallies, Chai pe Charchas across the country. In Maryland, Sikhs4Modi organized a car rally where Sikhs of America President Kanwaljit Singh thanked Modi for helping the Sikh community. A car rally was also held in Virginia. A Chowkidar March was held in Woodbridge, NJ, in which supporters walked from Iselin to Edison chanting “Hum Bhi Chowkidar”. (Photo courtesy of Krishna Anugula, OFBJP, via News India Times)

Rallying Voters Ahead of Elections in India

Metro Area, Politics, South Asian April 5, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Indians in the New York area and across the U.S. have participated in phone banking and car rallies before the elections in India start April 11, reports News India Times.

Sharmila Shakya (Photo via)

From Nepal to New York: A Teaching Journey

Labor, New York, South Asian, Women April 4, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Sharmila Shakya, who teaches at colleges across NYC, is one of only a few Nepalese in the field in New York, writes Nepalaya News.

NYC Council member Costa Constantinides, center, at a street naming ceremony with Nepalese community leaders earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Council member Constantinides' office, via QNS)

Supporting NYC Nepalese with TPS

Immigration, Queens, South Asian March 29, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Two NYC council members have introduced a resolution condemning the government’s withdrawal of TPS status for Nepalese, reports QNS.

Hydra Mendoza, NYC DOE’s Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships and Communications (Photo by Momar G. Visaya via Asian Journal)

The Pinay DOE Deputy Chancellor With the Greek-Spanish Name

South Asian, Women March 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Hydra Mendoza, of the Department of Education, made her “introduction to the Filipino-American community” at a Filipina Women’s Network event at the Philippine Center, reports Asian Journal.

(Photo by Ngima Pakhrin via Everest Times)

‘Mount Everest Way’ Named in Queens

Queens, South Asian March 11, 2019 at 12:04 pm

A street in Jackson Heights has been co-named “Mount Everest Way” in recognition of the Nepalese community’s growing influence in the area, reports Everest Times.

Chhaya Community Development Corporation of Queens at a rally opposing the deal with Amazon to build its second headquarters in Queens, NY. Seen in photo, Executive Director Annetta Seecharan, right, addressing the crowd. (Photo courtesy of Chhaya CDC via News India Times)

South Asian Nonprofit Cheers Withdrawal of Amazon

Business, Queens, Social Services, South Asian February 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Chhaya Community Development Corporation explains to News India Times what they took issue with in the Amazon deal.

Nepalese Organ Donor Advocate Passes Away

Nepalese Organ Donor Advocate Passes Away

Featured Posts, Health, South Asian, Video February 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Nepali-born Prasha Tuladhar, who had advocated for organ donation, died two days before the third anniversary of her receipt of a double-lung transplant.

New York State Senate Majority Leader Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, swearing in Sen. Kevin Thomas with his wife Rincy beside him. (Photo via Sen. Thomas' office)

Kevin Thomas, First Indian-American State Senator, Takes Office

Elections 2018, Government, Long Island, South Asian February 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

Desi Talk interviews Kevin Thomas, the first Indian American member of the New York State Senate and one of the newly-elected Democratic senators who reflect the changing demographics of Long Island.

Bajeko Sekuwa is a new restaurant in Queens serving the growing Nepali community. (Photo via vishwanews.com)

Tracking Changes in NYC’s Asian Populations

Asian, East Asian, New York, South Asian, Southeast Asian January 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

The Asian American Federation released demographic profiles of 12 Asian populations in NYC.

Sadaf Jaffer sworn in as the mayor of Montgomery, NJ, on Jan. 3 by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. (Photo via Twitter)

NJ’s First South Asian-American Woman Mayor on Representation

Elections 2018, Metro Area, South Asian, Women January 11, 2019 at 5:43 pm

Sadaf Jaffer, the first South Asian-American woman mayor in New Jersey, speaks to The American Bazaar about representation, immigration and her Pakistani roots.

Here’s how the street signs would look like. (Photo from PAYO via Bklyner)

A New Name for ‘Little Pakistan’

Brooklyn, South Asian January 3, 2019 at 2:10 pm

The slice of Coney Island Avenue known as “Little Pakistan” will be co-named “Muhammad Ali Jinnah Way” after the country’s founder, reports Bklyner.

(Photo via Everest Times)

Keeping the Nepali Language Alive in Queens

Culture, Queens, South Asian, Youth November 21, 2018 at 3:50 pm

Everest Times takes a look at Nepali language classes in Queens taught by community members who strive to pass down the culture to the younger generation.

Makki Masjid (Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

Turmoil at a ‘Little Pakistan’ Mosque?

Brooklyn, Muslim, South Asian November 7, 2018 at 6:07 pm

Bklyner covers the tensions brewing at the Makki Masjid in Brooklyn.

Varanu Sahabir, right, prepares music for services at the Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Hindu temple in Richmond Hill. (Photo by Michael Shain via Queens Chronicle)

Breaking Barriers at a Queens Hindu Temple

Caribbean, Queens, Religion, South Asian, Women November 6, 2018 at 11:01 pm

Varanu Sahabir is one of the first women pandits, or Hindu priests, to lead a mainstream congregation in Little Guyana, reports Queens Chronicle.

Kashif Hussain (Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

How Kashif Hussain Started a Political ‘Momentum’

Brooklyn, Elections 2018, South Asian September 21, 2018 at 5:34 pm

For the first time, a district leader race in Brooklyn meant more to the Pakistani community than any other – thanks to Kashif Hussain, writes Bklyner.