South Asian

Leno’s Remark Stirs Debate in Sikh Community

South Asian February 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

The NBC host and comedian Jay Leno’s wisecrack last month, in which he showed a photo of Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple, while poking fun at the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s millions, has met a mixed reaction from the American Sikh community.

Update: Suspect Arrested in Murder of Bengali Immigrant

Bronx, In the News, South Asian February 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Norwood News reports that police apprehended a suspect on Jan. 26 for the Oct. 29, 2011 murder of Bimal Chanda, who his family believes was targeted for his ethnicity. He was robbed and beaten to death in a stairwell of his apartment building on 190th Street. Police continue to lookRead More

Guyanese Hindu family makes offerings In Jamaica Bay. (Credit: LittleIndia.com)

Hindus turn Queens beaches into Ganges

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, New York, South Asian January 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

New York’s Jamaica Bay has become a sacred pilgrimage spot for Guyanese Hindus in Queens. LittleIndia.com reports that they descend on the beaches of North Channel Bridge, to pray and cast offerings into the bay, which many liken to the sacred Indian river Ganges.

Plan to turn foreclosures into rentals

Economy, Housing, In the News, South Asian January 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has announced a pilot program to put families back into 250,000 foreclosed houses. The plan involves selling the abandoned homes in bulk to investors, who will rehabilitate the homes and turn them into rental properties.

Fawzia Mirza and Tom Silva in a scene from "Silhouettes."

South Asians take story of ethnic identity to big screen

Culture, South Asian January 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Musician Tom Silva is making a film that confronts the issues of race and South Asian identity head on. The film is called “Silhouettes” and it tells the story of how the lives of Hindu, Muslim and Christian characters intersect.

Cabbies: no alternative to higher fares

Cabbies: no alternative to higher fares

Economy, In the News, New York, South Asian January 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is planning a series of protests to press their demands for increasing the fare of yellow cabs, to keep up with increased costs of gas, garage rent, house rent and all other daily essentials.

Detained dad released

Immigration, In the News, Queens, South Asian December 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

A detained immigrant who had been held for more than nine months without deportation has been released. Taimur Hussain was released from a federal lockup after weeks of fierce maneuvering by a team of lawyers.

Mali women in traditional African dress in the Bronx

Africans, Albanians, Bengalis thrive in Bronx

Ethnic communities are making progress in the Bronx. A series of reports in The Bronx Ink highlights three groups that experienced significant growth spurts in recent years.

American Hindus embrace Christmas

American Hindus embrace Christmas

Culture, Immigration, In the News, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Hindus across America are getting into the Christmas spirit. The News India Times reports that Indian migrants have embraced the Christian holiday, putting up trees and immersing themselves into the process of gift giving and family togetherness.

Pakistani-Americans worry about breakdown in relations

Immigration, In the News, New York, Politics, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Pakistani-Americans are concerned about the latest slump in relations between their two countries. The long standing strain escalated on May 1, when US Navy Seals raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama Bin Laden, without prior warning to the Pakistani government.

Credit books come to NY’s Bangladeshi groceries

Economy, In the News, New York, South Asian December 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

Bangladeshi grocery stores in New York are switching to a deferred payment system from back home. They use “arrears books,” or “credit books” to extend lines of credit to customers who don’t have credit cards, and for stores that have no ability to process credit cards.

Indian GOP undecided on candidate

In the News, Politics, South Asian December 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Indian-American Republicans are unsure whom to support among the party’s candidates. They hope that the most qualified Republicans will emerge once the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary get underway in early January.

Lali Guras restaurant on 76th St. and 37th Road in Jackson Heights, Queens

South Asian businesses cry foul

Economy, Immigration, Queens, South Asian November 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Business owners in Jackson Heights, Queens blame the city–which converted their street into a pedestrian mall–for a drop in business.

Indian discuss diaspora issues

Immigration, In the News, Metro Area, South Asian November 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

The Indian ambassador joined over 200 people of Indian descent from the Americas to discuss issues important to the diaspora.

Protesters call a Bellerose, Queens butcher shop unsanitary. But the owner says it is a "racial issue."

Protests target Halal butcher

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian November 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Protesters call a Queens butcher shop unsanitary but the owner says the dispute pits white residents against South Asians.