South Asian

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.

Community members attend a candlelight vigil for murder victim Bimal Chanda Tuesday night.

Small turnout at vigil shows fear reigns

Bronx, South Asian November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Community members held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night (Nov. 15) in honor of Bimal Chanda, a Bangladeshi immigrant who was beaten to death and some say, because of his ethnicity. Only four turned out, much less than expected, but a friend of Chanda said that the local South Asian community was staying away out of fear, not out of disrespect.

South Asians urged to report school bullying

South Asians urged to report school bullying

Education, In the News, New York, South Asian November 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Bullying against South Asian students has risen significantly after 9/11, according to a study by the Department of Education.

Police are looking for two suspects in the assault of Bimal Chanda.

Bengalis say hate crime lay behind murder

Bronx, South Asian November 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Bengalis living in the Northwest Bronx believe a Bengali man who was murdered in his Bedford Park apartment was targeted because of his ethnicity.

Hector Canonge, left, in conversation with Nikhil Aziz, after the screening of “I Am” in the auditorium of the Queens Museum of Art. Aziz, who struggled to come out to his family, is featured in the film, a documentary about gay Indians.

Indians struggles to come out

In the News, South Asian November 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Nikhil Aziz never really felt like he’d come out to himself as a gay Indian man, until he came out to his parents.

Indian languages will appear on ballots

In the News, Politics, Queens, South Asian October 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Indian/South Asian languages will soon be featured on bilingual ballots in four jurisdictions where Indian Americans and South Asians are a significant part of the electorate. According to a Census Bureau announcement, Los Angeles County, California; Cook County, Illinois; and Queens, N.Y. will have “Indian” languages added on to ballots,Read More

Celebrating the Dashain Festival

Nepalese community preserves culture

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian October 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

The small, but growing, Nepalese community in Queens celebrates festivals like Dashain to bring a sense of home to their lives.

Pakistani family faces deportation

Pakistani family faces deportation

Health, Immigration, Queens, South Asian October 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Shahid Ali Khan came to the US so his son could undergo surgical treatment. A rare side effect left his son severely disabled. Now as the family fights poverty, they also face the threat of deportation.

Diwali festival celebrates non-violence

Diwali festival celebrates non-violence

Culture, In the News, Manhattan, South Asian October 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

As thousands of Indians and non-Indians alike celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at South Street Seaport the celebration’s auspicious date — Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday — provided the theme for the festival: “Nonviolence in Today’s World.”

Members of Hazara community protesting in front of Pakistani consulate.

Pakistani minority protests killings

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian October 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hazara community protests outside the Pakistani consulate against the continued killing of its members in that country.

Supporters of Anna Hazare and the anti-corruption movement in India chanted in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill at the 2011 India Day Parade in NYC.

Indian Americans protest Indian corruption

Featured Posts, New York, Politics, South Asian October 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Indian Americans in NY and other US cities have gathered in large numbers to protest corruption in India.

Nadia Habib and her mother, Nazmin, were granted a stay of removal, allowing them to remain in the country for 12 more months.

Mother and daughter face deportation

Immigration, In the News, South Asian October 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Nadia Habib has been granted the greatest birthday gift of all – the gift of time. The 20-year-old Woodside resident and her mother, Nazmin, were facing deportation to Bangladesh on September 29, one day before Nadia’s birthday, but the pair was granted a last-minute reprieve, allowing them to remain inRead More