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Some South Asian-American candidates, from left: Abe George, former candidate for Brooklyn district attorney; public advocate candidate Reshma Saujani; Natraj Bhushan, candidate for the 48th City Council District. (Photo montage by Chester Soria via Gotham Gazette)

South Asian Voters Hope for Landmark Year

Elections 2013, Politics, South Asian July 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

There are currently no elected official of South Asian descent in City Council or in a citywide political position but the upcoming elections could change that. Gotham Gazette examines the challenges facing South Asians when it comes to politics, and speaks to candidates who call this year a potential “tipping point.”

Kulwinder “Jani” Singh, owner of Punjabi Grocery & Deli in the Lower East Side, provides affordable meals and a resting spot for its many cab driver customers. (Photo by Jake Safane via The Lo-Down)

Punjabi Deli Provides Relief to Taxi Drivers

Food, In the News, Labor, South Asian, Transportation July 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Punjabi Grocery & Deli in the Lower East Side provides an eating and resting spot for cab drivers, who make up 80 percent of the store’s customers. The Lo-Down profiles owner Kulwinder “Jani” Singh, whose own experience driving a taxi makes him a vocal supporter of his patrons.

Indians Urge Postal Service to Issue Diwali Stamp

Indians Urge Postal Service to Issue Diwali Stamp

Culture, In the News, Religion, South Asian July 19, 2013 at 12:49 am

The Indian community has filed an online petition asking the Postal Service to issue a stamp commemorating the Hindu festival of lights, reports local Indian and South Asian publications. The decision is expected on July 28.

Photo by Melanie Bencosme

Professor Turned Journalist Bridges NY and India

Indrajit Saluja was a professor for over three decades before he launched an English-language newspaper in his native India. Since then, he has been involved in starting six newspapers in New York, including the one he currently oversees, The Indian Panorama.

(Photo by Ateqah Khaki via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Project Captures Muslim Call to Prayer in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, In the News, Religion July 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds profiles artist Ateqah Khaki, who has collected multimedia clips of everyday life in Boerum Hill as a Muslim call to prayer emits from a local mosque. The website that holds the collection allows visitors to recreate the experience for themselves.

Shoppers at South Asian stores in Jackson Heights, Queens. (Photo by Zachary Korb, Creative Commons Licence)

Crime, City’s Economy Concern South Asian Voters

Elections 2013, In the News, Politics, South Asian June 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm

The city’s finances, budget cuts and security are some of the top issues for the city’s South Asian voters, most of whom remain undecided, reports News India Times.

‘Almost Like India, Minus the Animals’

‘Almost Like India, Minus the Animals’

Follow Little India’s Rachel Khona on a trip through the Indian enclave of Jackson Heights, Queens. Walk through supermarkets, sari shops, and jewelry stores, and take a seat at Jackson Diner.

A sign from a 2010 immigration reform rally in New York City. (Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Family Reunification and Work Visas Main Issues for Indian-Americans

Immigration, In the News, South Asian February 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm

News India Times looks at immigration issues of particular concern to Indian-Americans, including family reunification and employment-based visas, the latter of which puts India at a disadvantage given its population.

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World Punjabi Organization Launches U.S. Chapter

Culture, Immigration, Religion, South Asian, Traditions January 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

The North America chapter of the World Punjabi Organization was inaugurated Jan. 6 in New Brunswick, N.J., at the Guru Palace restaurant, Desi Talk reports.

Who’s the Next (Non) American Big Star?

Who’s the Next (Non) American Big Star?

Culture, Featured Posts, In the News November 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

We’ve all seen the video: dark shades, slick suit, and that trademark horsey dance. PSY and his “Gangnam Style” are sweeping the United States. Now, we’re looking for the next viral international music superstar. Help us find the next non-American Idol!

Something as simple as a dress can convey a sense of culture and make you feel at home. Show us an object that allows you to hold onto home.

What Feels Like Home? Tell Us

African American, Asian, Culture, Featured Posts, In the News, Latino November 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Something as simple as a musical instrument can convey a sense of culture and make you feel at home. Share with us an object that allows you to hold onto home.

A Leisure cricket team player hits the ball with his bat while an Edison team player (the wicket keeper) maintains his position close to the wicket. Cricket remains the most popular sport among emigrants from the Commonwealth countries with six cricket leagues and 162 teams in New Jersey alone. Photo Credit: Divya J. Verma. September 22, 2012.

For the Love of Cricket

Culture, Featured Posts, South Asian, Sports October 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Its an exciting time for cricket fans all over the world as the fourth ICC Twenty20 World Cup is being played in Sri Lanka. But closer to home in N.J., a group of men from a variety of professional backgrounds keep their love for the game alive in a school field.

Nishta Sookdiyal with mother Shakila: “At the end of the day, it would be my child’s decision and she would have to face the consequences of that." (Photo via Little India)

Indian Families in Conflict Over Dating

Culture, South Asian September 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Indian immigrant families across the globe are caught in an intense inter-generational conflict over dating, a tug-of-war between children wanting more freedom and parents trying to hold on to long-held traditions, Little India reports.

The fire at Colonial Gardens apartment complex displaced 52 families. (Photo via Desi Talk)

Indian Families’ Homes, Immigration Papers Destroyed in N.J. Fire

Housing, South Asian July 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Dozens of Indian families are gathering the pieces of their shattered lives after a massive blaze destroyed their homes in New Jersey on July 10, Desi Talk reported. Most of the residents of the Colonial Gardens apartment complex were recent immigrants from southern parts of India, and some lost their immigration papers in the blaze.

More Investigation of Indian Nonprofit’s Land Deal

In the News, Politics, Queens, South Asian July 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Questions persist about a politically connected Indian nonprofit’s controversial land deal involving purchase of 4.5 acres of state land for a community center and senior housing in Queens, reports the Queens Tribune. Some have raised concerns that the housing will only be open to Indians.