Culture

Asking the Irish-American question

Culture, In the News, Western European November 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Kerry O’Shea remembers when she was a little girl ordering her school uniform and the tailor said, “Kerry O’Shea … Polish, right?” It was her first encounter with the question that dogs all “hyphenated Americans.” “Am I Irish or American? Italian or American? Indian or American?” For hyphenated Americans, identityRead More

Asian American designers share experiences with fans

Culture, East Asian, In the News, Manhattan November 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Successful fashion designers, including Chinese American designers Jason Wu, Alexander Wang and Peter Som, appeared at Times Square on Oct. 22, to share the stories behind their achievement, drawing an audience of young people who dream of working in fashion.

Can Kosher butcher shops survive?

Can Kosher butcher shops survive?

Culture, Economy, In the News, Metro Area October 31, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Jewish shoppers who once detoured from the supermarket to the Kosher butcher shop aren’t making that second stop now. Instead they troll the Kosher meat aisles of supermarkets and big box stores. As a result, according to Jewish Week, the mom-and-pop butcher shop is an endangered species.

Mayor Bloomberg meets with Koreans-Americans at Flushing Town Hall

Bloomberg meets with Korean-Americans

Culture, East Asian, In the News, Politics October 31, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Meeting with the Korean American community for the first time at a town hall meeting on Oct. 26, Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to establish new restaurant inspection regulations suitable for traditional Korean food, such as kimchi. At the meeting, held at the Flushing branch of Queens Library, the mayor madeRead More

A woman’s place

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, Opinion October 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm

In this editorial, the issue of a woman’s place in Jewish-American society is explored and compared to that of the Israeli woman: “Relegating women to the back of the bus, forcing them to walk on separate sidewalks, excising them from all public appearance is not Torah or Talmud. It’s abuseRead 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.

Aurora Anaya-Cerda plans to open La Casa Azul, an independent bookseller in East Harlem after raising money through crowdsourcing.

East Harlem’s first bookstore planned

Culture, Manhattan October 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm

There’s no place to buy a book in East Harlem. But Aurora Anaya-Cerda hopes to change that. After five years of planning, including interning at other independent booksellers, Anaya-Cerda is in the final week of trying to raise $40,000 to launch La Casa Azul, an independent book store she plans to open.

MTA to offer better Korean translation

Culture, East Asian, In the News, New York October 24, 2011 at 11:18 am

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will correct its translation system for Korean. In response to the Korea Daily’s report on its improper Korean translation of subway safety information, the MTA has promised to take Korean culture and sentiment into consideration when it comes to translation in the future. “It is aRead More

Dressing the First Lady

Dressing the First Lady

Culture, In the News, New York October 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

Doo-Ri Chung, a Korean American fashion designer based in New York, made headlines after First Lady Michelle Obama wore a dress she designed at the official dinner with South Korea. The Korean-American fashion designer Doo-Ri Chung made headlines when First Lady Michelle Obama wore her dress at the official dinner withRead More

"Start talking with your compatriots."

Russian promotes new site for immigrants

Culture, Immigration October 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

RadarSpeak, a new social network for immigrants and tourists, has been launched. Once the user’s location has been determined, they can choose to communicate only with people in their location and who speak the same language.

Bollywood music for sale in Jackson Heights, Queens.

What you never knew about Queens

Culture, Featured Posts, Housing, Immigration, Queens October 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm

A tour of the city’s most diverse borough, complete with photos and sound bites.

Harlem hosts ‘Day of Action’

African, African American, Culture, In the News, Manhattan October 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

A candidate to become president of Senegal, a New York City Councilman and activists from the Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party and other organizations rallied at a Methodist church in Harlem in an effort to foster what they called “a united front of African people across theRead More

Times Square billboards turn purple Wednesday night in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Times Square turns purple

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan October 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Nine Times Square billboards turned purple Wednesday night in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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.”

A journey of art, from Caracas to Millerton

A journey of art, from Caracas to Millerton

Culture, Metro Area, South American, Uncategorized October 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

“The price that is put on a piece of art should be in accordance to what the artist has achieved.” This was what Camilo Rojas, distinguished artist and professor, told me before wishing me goodbye alongside his wife, artist Virginia Lavado. Camilo and Virginia are two of the most inspiringRead More