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Some Bangladeshis worry that the new Resort World Casino in Queens will attact young people to gambling.

Casinos, Crime and Corrupted Youth in Bangladeshi Community

Crime, Culture, In the News, South Asian February 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

The Weekly Thikana has reported extensively of late on dangers facing New York City’s Bangladeshi community, and especially to its young people.

Portrait: ‘I Didn’t Plan to Become a Monk’

Culture, Education, Religion, South Asian February 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Feet in Two Worlds brought us this audio slide show portrait of Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, the first Hindu Chaplain of Columbia University, and now also of New York University.

In Soho, Sparkling Chocolates Infused with Indian and Global Flavors

Food, South Asian February 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

In case you didn’t get your chocolate fix on Valentines day, News India Times ran a mouth-watering writeup of Xocolatti, where the hand-crafted chocolates resemble jewels. The store’s 24-year-old owner, Shaineal Shah, comes from a family of Indian jewelers.

Homesick Nepalis Gather Around Love Poetry

Culture, Queens, South Asian, Video February 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

In 2010, Binod Roka noticed his children trying to hide their Nepalese heritage in hopes of fitting in at school. To help them appreciate their roots, he co-founded a series of poetry readings, which have become gathering places for Queens’ Nepalese community.

The 37th Road pedestrian plaza has not been a hit with local business owners.

‘Mother Language Day’ May Bring New Life to Jackson Heights Plaza

Culture, Queens, South Asian February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

Some Jackson Heights merchants have complained that the pedestrianized plaza on 37th Road has hurt their business, but it may become the site of a new city tradition, reported the Queens Chronicle: Bangladeshi groups in Jackson Heights are seeking the city’s permission to observe International Mother Language Day on Feb. 21.

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.