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A publicity still from "The Help."

Voices in Focus: Muslim Students React to News of NYPD Spying

Crime, Culture, Immigration, Labor February 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Muslim students expressed shock at news that the NYPD has spied on their organizations; a proposed measure that would allow Irish immigrants special work visas causes controversy; and a domestic workers’ advocacy group takes advantage of Oscar buzz around “The Help.”

Maggi seasoning is the secret ingredient in dishes from around the globe.

A Maggi-cal Sauce, Beloved Around the World

African, Asian, Caribbean, Culture, Eastern European, Food, South American February 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

If there’s one food item that could knit together all the immigrant communities of New York City, it would have to be Maggi, the ubiquitous seasoning sauce that’s fundamental to cuisines around the world. Aurora Almendral, a reporting fellow with Feet in 2 Worlds, explains its appeal.

Desi Comics Bring Joke Diplomacy to India

Culture, South Asian February 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

Comedy and diplomacy intertwined during a recent State Department-sponsored comedy tour of India by three Indian-American stand-up comedians. Rajiv Satyal, Hari Kondabolu and Azhar Usman toured the country to bring some laughter to sensitive issues such as religion, politics, and the caste system.

The artist and youth mentor Danny Simmons was honored in The Local's daily Black History Month series.

Heroes of Past and Present Profiled for Black History Month

African, African American, Culture, Featured Posts February 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Throughout Black History Month, the community and ethnic media have celebrated the accomplishments of black Americans who defied the odds and achieved success.

Voices in Focus: A Family Split by ICE, Then Splintered by Social Services

Asian, Culture, Immigration, South American February 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

A petition to reunite a family; a Hasidic custody battle fought on Facebook; Hondurans abroad react to news of prison fire; The Jewish Week crowd-sources its Passover coverage; and a journalist explains why he dropped a personal bombshell.

Anna Drugova, the manager Silhouettes and Profiles, holds up a vintage dress that had its sleeves and a giant bow removed.

Russian Émigré Finds Her Niche in Satin and Lace

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, New York February 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

The seamstress Anna Drugova brings artistic flair to vintage clothing, altering and restoring old-fashion dresses to create fresh designs. The manager of Silhouettes and Profiles, Drugova emigrated from Russian when she was young, DNAinfo reported.

Brooklyn Mother Hopes to Close Gap Between Arab Parents and Children

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, Middle Eastern February 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

With reports of drug use on the rise among young people in southwest Brooklyn, many parents in the Arab community are finding it difficult to connect with their American-born children. One mother, the Egyptian-born Aziza Hussein, decided to do something about this disconnect.

Voices in Focus: Seen as a Foe of Immigrants, Pol Becomes Their Benefactor

Culture, Education, Long Island, Metro Area, Politics February 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

In a new video from City Limits’ Brooklyn Bureau, city teenagers drop some wisdom about the importance of education. Also: an unintentional gift to an immigrants’ rights group; a drop in AIDS deaths among the city’s blacks; and an Australian investigation into child sex abuse in the Chabad community extends to the United States.

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.

Some have taken to Twitter to deride Mexicans.

Twitter Provides Forum to Mock Mexicans

Culture, Immigration, Latino, Mexican February 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Hatred against people of Hispanic heritage is not only seen on the streets of the United States, where Latinos are often the target of attacks, Diario de Mexico reports. It has now invaded cyberspace as well.

High school students went to Albany yesterday to urge support for the DREAM Act.

Voices in Focus: Tragedy in Yonkers, DREAM Act Rallies, and the Torah on Homosexuality

Culture, Education, Immigration, LGBTQ February 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Here’s what’s on our radar this morning from the community and ethnic media.

Morrell Caterer’s former general manager Thomas Cataldo, left, and former executive chef Michael Savitsky have alleged that the caterer did not follow kosher protocols.

Allegations of Non-Kosher Catering at Kosher L.I. Weddings

Culture, Food, Long Island, Religion February 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Here’s a decidedly unromantic wedding story for Valentines day: A kosher caterer stands accused of passing off non-kosher food at around 200 upscale Jewish weddings on Long Island.

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.

Lea Salonga was the first Asian to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway.

‘Inclusive Casting’ Hasn’t Helped Asians on NY Stage, Report Finds

Asian, Culture, Manhattan February 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Though the Asian American population has rapidly grown, Asian American actors made up only 1.6 percent of all available roles in recent Broadway productions, a new report found.