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Stumping for Trump

By Mike Hong | May 10, 2017 | Open City

They are not non-college, white, working-class men, but they campaigned and voted for Trump.

Cooking is an Act of Defiance

By Sarah K. Khan | May 5, 2017 | Open City

Cooking provides a familiar focus, even a break, and the possibility to recreate culture and share it in a part of the world that finds her, and people like her, distasteful.

Collateral Damage

By Sarah K. Khan | April 25, 2017 | Open City

“Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America”: A mother copes with the unjust arrest and incarceration of her son.

The First Chinatown on the East Coast

By April Xu | April 7, 2017 | Open City

Several Chinese workers who helped build the Central Pacific Railroad found refuge in Belleville, NJ.

A Living Room on Roosevelt Avenue

By Jai Dulani | February 7, 2017 | Open City

An art installation in Jackson Heights speaks about how immigrant communities in the neighborhood are experiencing policing and displacement.

Sarees by Word of Mouth

By Thanu Yakupitiyage | December 22, 2016 | Open City

A Jackson Heights boutique is where customers reconnect with their roots and introduce the younger generations to their cultural heritage.

Six Years of Spying on Muslim Americans

By Sowmiya Ashok | December 13, 2016 | Open City

How many terrorism cases against Muslim Americans were filed by the NYPD as a result of its snooping on Muslim mosques, organizations and coffee shops?

The Oracles of Columbus Park?

By Liz Chow | November 18, 2016 | Open City

Do you want to know your future? Do you want to know when is a good time to move to a new house or to shift to a new career? These ladies may have the answers.

The Street Artists of Times Square

By Rong Xiaoqing | October 28, 2016 | Open City

A night in the life of nocturnal street artists and art vendors who, every midnight, take over the New York City neighborhood that literally doesn’t sleep.

Bed Rest and No Baby-Care

By Liz Chow | October 21, 2016 | Open City

Yue saos and postpartum meal services are helping new Chinese mothers in Brooklyn cope with the no-shower, no-cold-drink, no-going-out demands of ‘sitting the month.’

Breaking the Silence with Theater

By Rahima Nasa | October 13, 2016 | Open City

Young Bangladeshi theater troupe uses traditional folk theater to confront trauma in the community.

Surviving China’s Cultural Revolution

By Rong Xiaoqing | September 30, 2016 | Open City

50 years after China launched the Cultural Revolution, one survivor recalls being sent to a rural labor camp and losing his family during the maelstrom.

The Right to Stay

By Thanu Yakupitiyage | September 16, 2016 | Open City

An undocu-Korean’s quest to remain and his fight for millions like him.

When a community loses a bookstore

By Yichen Tu | September 9, 2016 | Open City

For Chung Hwa regulars and Flushing residents, the closing of the 30-year old bookshop meant the demise of a community resource center.

The Fight to Not Be #Deported2Death

By Jai Dulani | August 23, 2016 | Open City

One former detainee brings to light the struggle of many asylum‐seekers who are languishing in detention centers and facing deadly deportation to the countries they fled from.

您好,這是法拉盛,這裡是紐約!

By 杜宜臻 (Yichen Tu) | August 12, 2016 | Open City

讓我透過一張張影像紀錄,向大家介紹我和許多華人在海外為「家」的法拉盛社區。

My Flushing

By Yichen Tu | August 10, 2016 | Open City

A young immigrant takes us around Flushing, the neighborhood that she has adopted as her home.

The Street Musicians of Columbus Park

By Huiying Bernice Chan | July 26, 2016 | Open City

Carrying songs across oceans, these musicians create home and community in New York City.

Giving up on the “American Dream”?

By Liz Chow | July 8, 2016 | Open City

Three immigrant street vendors tell their stories — their reasons for coming to America and their hopes and dreams.

4 Chinatown Art Spaces You Should Know About

By Kate Hao | June 28, 2016 | Open City

Where to go if you want to check out traditional Chinese cultural and art scene? Here’s a short list of performing and exhibit spaces in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

When Home is Where the Battle Is

By Rahima Nasa | June 17, 2016 | Open City

How does one deal with anti-blackness within the family? One Bengali writer is finding out the hard way.

The Free-Spirited Journey of A Taxi Union Organizer

By Sonny Singh | June 2, 2016 | Open City

From sufism to reggae, from construction work to driving taxis, it has been a colorful ride for one of the co-founders of a taxi drivers union in New York.

The Story of My Name

By Rong Xiaoqing | May 24, 2016 | Open City

A Chinese American writer recounts her struggles with Chinese characters, the Roman alphabet and two different naming conventions in her journey to have her name right.

A Quick Guide to 4 Chinese Festivals

By Kari Lindberg | May 21, 2016 | Open City

The Chinese New Year, the Lantern, Mooncake and the Qingming Festivals explained, and where to go if you are hankering for food associated with these celebrations.

Leftover Women

By Yichen Tu | May 13, 2016 | Open City

Three Chinese American women, who are very successful in their fields, are considered failures for one single reason — for staying single past the age of 25.

Fighting to Keep Their Homes

By Rong Xiaoqing | May 6, 2016 | Open City

Tenants of rent-regulated apartments in Chinatown fought back and won a settlement with their landlord, who now must provide safe and decent living condition and stop harassing them.

‘I Am a Sex Worker’

By Yichen Tu | April 27, 2016 | Open City

She migrated from China to the United States, hoping to find a better life. She ended up working in a massage parlor, providing sex to customers.

Why Justice for Akai Gurley Matters

By Rahima Nasa | April 15, 2016 | Open City

The Brooklyn DA wants no jail term for NYPD cop Peter Liang, but several Asian American groups demand accountability for Liang and justice for all victims of police violence.

Alternative Brown

By Nadia Misir | April 8, 2016 | Open City

Padmini Naidu, also known as the Blasted Brown Blogger on Tumblr and co-host of the ALTBrown podcast, talks about growing up brown and goth metal head in Hollis.

The Dancing Grannies of New York City

By Esther Yu Hsi Lee | April 5, 2016 | Open City

For the women who dance together at a Chinatown park, every gesture brings them closer together and every step leads them away from the dangers of depression.

An Irish Pub in Brooklyn’s Chinatown

By Liz Chow | March 29, 2016 | Open City

Amid the sea of Chinese characters in Sunset Park’s Eighth Avenue, an Irish pub has held its ground despite waves of inward and outward migration.

Men Loiter, Women Cloister

By Chaya Babu | March 16, 2016 | Open City

Who owns public space? Young South Asian women in Brooklyn struggle with the culture that dictates that women have no business outside the home.

We Talkin’ About ‘Back Home’

By Nadia Misir | March 10, 2016 | Open City

The difference between tea and life back home and over here, according to a Guyanese-American family in South Ozone Park.

From Divided to United?

By Rong Xiaoqing | March 1, 2016 | Open City

The current debate over the conviction of NYPD officer Peter Liang is actually a good sign, heralding the growing political maturity of the Chinese American community.

Cha Time at Home

By Sonny Singh | February 25, 2016 | Open City

Cha, chai or te? A Richmond Hill family’s multiple ways of preparing what Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu called “the elixir of life.”

The Forgotten Amerasians

By Enrico Dungca | February 11, 2016 | Open City

Unwanted in their mothers’ country and unwelcome in their fathers’ homeland, Filipino Amerasians are still in search of a home.

Write Like a Fugitive

By The AAWW Interns | December 4, 2015 | Open City

Allow yourself to be messy. Don’t try to fight writer’s block. These, and some other writing tips from author Eric Tang.

Red Plastic Bags All Over Chinatown

By Pearly Huang | November 17, 2015 | Open City

Red is believed to be a lucky color and everyone wants to carry good luck with them. But that symbol of good fortune may soon carry something else: a 10-cent charge.

Too Close to Home

By Nadia Misir | November 10, 2015 | Open City

In Richmond Hill, a neighborhood’s safety concerns are pitted against a city’s effort to bring youth offenders closer to home. And the residents are up in arms.

The Education of an Immigration Lawyer

By Sonny Singh | November 2, 2015 | Open City

How a high school teacher’s advocacy vs. bullying of Sikh students led her from the classroom to the court room.

The Modern Chupa

By Lisa Wong Macabasco | October 9, 2015 | Open City

The Nepalese and Tibetan communities in Jackson Heights mix tradition with modern to keep their heritage alive.

A Stranger in Our Midst

By Chaya Babu | October 1, 2015 | Open City

One writers group was robbed at gunpoint in Ditmas Park. The police and the community’s reactions were swift, but both seemed to miss the bigger picture.

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