Culture

Cranberry chutney (Photo by Subbu Arumugam, Creative Commons license)

Turkey Biryani on Thanksgiving

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian, Traditions November 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Indian-American millennials speak to News India Times about how they celebrate Thanksgiving and what the holiday means to them.

Shiyu Lu (left) (Provided to World Journal by Lu)

New Film Inspired by Brooklyn Murder of a Chinese Family

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian November 21, 2017 at 3:46 pm

World Journal speaks to Shiyu “Rhyme” Lu, the director of “Gold Fortune,” a short film based on the case of Mingdong Chen, who murdered his relatives in Sunset Park in 2013.

Scars of My Mother’s Dreams
Weighing trauma: A still from Meschida Philip’s short film, “Scars of my Mother’s Dream,” which examines the lifelong burden of pain, children of migrating Caribbean parents carry with them. Philip’s film and three other films will play at “The Caribbean Migrant Experience” screening at Brooklyn Commons on Nov. 21.

Showcasing Films on Caribbean Immigration

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Immigration November 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Four short films on the effects of immigration on Caribbean families will be screened in Prospect Lefferts Gardens on Nov. 21. Caribbean Life speaks to the director of one of the films.

Ram Kumar, Untitled, Oil on canvas, 1961, 20.0 x 31.0 in. 50.8 x 78.7 cm. Signed in HIndi and dated in English (lower left) ‘Ram Kumar 61’. (Photo via News India Times)

Art, Music and Dance of India

Culture, New York, South Asian November 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

News India Times reports on dance, music and visual arts from India on display in NYC.

Rufino Ortiz (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Paterson Guitarist Starts Peruvian Cultural Project

Culture, Latino, Metro Area November 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

A Peruvian guitarist who has lived in Paterson, New Jersey, for 40 years founded an organization to preserve his country’s cultural heritage in the U.S., Reporte Hispano reports.  

The Friends of Sironka Dance Troupe brought the beauty of their Maasai heritage to Bailey’s Café on Malcolm X Blvd. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. (Photo: Ron Howard via Our Time Press)

A Kenyan Dance Troupe Performs in Bed-Stuy

African, Brooklyn, Culture November 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm

An Our Time Press story on a performance by the Friends of Sironka Dance Troupe of southern Kenya comments on the personal significance of the show for its reporter.

Participating artist Jazmin Hayes in front of her work displaying cornrows. (Photo by Jordan Rathkopf via Caribbean Life)

Art at a New Community Center

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture November 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Works by local artists are on exhibit at the new Crown Heights location of Diaspora Community Services, reports Caribbean Life.

Ghost of the White Deer by Jeremy Dennis (Image via the Easthampton Star)

A Shinnecock Artist’s Exhibit on LI

Culture, History, Long Island, Native American October 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm

A young artist of the Shinnecock Nation is “illuminating indigenous mythology” on Long Island, writes The East Hampton Star.

Dia de Muertos altar (Photo via Diario de México USA)

Day of the Dead Becoming New York Tradition

Culture, Mexican, New York, Traditions October 27, 2017 at 6:06 pm

The Mexican community prepares to celebrate the Day of the Dead, a tradition that is getting more and more popular in New York City and that this year will include a large event in Times Square, Diario de México reports.  

The Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir (Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

A Japanese Gospel Choir in Harlem

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan October 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Members of an all-Japanese gospel choir in Harlem tell The Uptowner how the group provides a sense of comfort as they adjust to life in New York.

Artist Dingding Hu beside her mural at the information kiosk in Chinatown. (Photo courtesy of Hu)

New Mural Brightens up Chinatown Kiosk

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan October 25, 2017 at 11:50 am

World Journal profiles the Chinese illustrator behind a new mural at the information kiosk in Chinatown that depicts the culture of the neighborhood.

South Street Seaport (Photo via The Indian Panorama)

Diwali Celebrated Across the NYC Area

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian October 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

See how Hindus across the tri-state region marked Diwali during the month of October, in a roundup of stories from the Indian press.

Hadi Nasiri (Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

A ‘Safe Haven’ for an Artist from Iran

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture October 20, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Hadi Nasiri, the first artist in the New York City Safe Haven Prototype – an artist residency program for artists facing persecution – speaks to The Brooklyn Ink.

Isio-Maya Nuwere performing "Phenomenal Woman" at the Harlem School of the Arts' Sept 16 open house. (Photo by Michael Palma Nir, courtesy of HSA)

Harlem School of the Arts: a New Cultural Hub?

Culture, Education, Featured Posts, Manhattan October 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm

A new digital lab, new adult classes and many more public programs and exhibits are among the offerings at the Harlem School of the Arts.

HUB street festival circa 1980 (Photo courtesy of Joe Conzo)

‘Born in the Bronx’ – Joe Conzo’s Life, Story and Business

Bronx, Culture, Featured Posts, History, Puerto Rican October 17, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Joe Conzo Jr.’s photos captured an era in the South Bronx. Conzo talked about his work, the borough, and the business of photography in an interview.