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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

To Eat, Drink, and Gyaff

By Nadia Misir | May 15, 2015 | Open City

Many of the neighborhood’s roti shops are located just steps from the A train. For Richmond Hill residents, gyaffing and hot doubles can remedy anything the MTA throws at them.

The Great Brooklyn Mojari Hunt

By Chaya Babu | May 12, 2015 | Open City

“Nobody wears those, so it’s kind of funny that you do,” she said, blowing swirls of smoke out of the corner of her mouth…

Happy (Radio) Days

By Wena Poon | May 6, 2015 | Open City

A novelist recalls her childhood steeped in Chinese radio plays heard on the Singapore airwaves.

Remembering in Vinyl

By Gary Sullivan | April 23, 2015 | Open City

Khmer record and film collector Nate Hun is part of a growing movement quietly reconstructing Cambodia’s tumultuous past.

Harmonium Soul

By Sonny Singh | December 22, 2014 | Open City

Harmoniums are all over South Asian music. But they also connect Guyana and Punjab spiritually

Architecture Reincarnated

By Thomas Mariadason | October 1, 2014 | Open City

Queens temples break from Western architecture and remake old buildings into new spaces for divine encounters

The Doctor Is In

By Susan M. Lee | June 24, 2014 | Open City

I remember the medicine wafting through the apartment–a distinct scent, a heavy, earthy, musky odor that smelled like bark, dirt and dampened roots. The minute the pot would go on, I would retreat to my room where I paced back and forth, in anticipation of a stand-off with my mother.

Summer Nights, Part 2

By Marina Budhos | June 5, 2014 | Open City

Parkway itself will lose its luster, its sense of magic ascendance. And I will begin my struggle to understand this twin heritage—luminous freedom and oppressive grievance.

Summer Nights, Part I

By Marina Budhos | June 3, 2014 | Open City

Each of us has a moment, a shiny soap bubble of memory that contains our past and predicts our future.

Kiddie-Up Elmhurst!

By Jennifer Tan | August 13, 2013 | Open City

The clinking coins were saved for two reasons – to feed the neighborhood parking meters and to pay for kiddie rides outside the supermarket where my family shopped.

Got Moochh?

By Roohi Choudhry | July 29, 2013 | Open City

It’s like wearing a swagger on your face. If you’ve got a mustache, you’re someone to be taken seriously.

Between the Chifa and the Red Lanterns

By Celina Su | January 16, 2013 | Open City

The costs of ‘hecho en China.’

Places: A Rumination On Cities

By Deepak Unnikrishnan | January 14, 2013 | Open City

From Abu Dhabi to the East Coast, a temporary resident negotiates the urban spaces that built him.

Beyond the Horse Dance

By Sukjong Hong | August 24, 2012 | Open City

Viral vid ‘Gangnam Style’ critiques Korea’s extreme inequality.

Flushing Dance Teacher: ‘We Have Our Priorities Wrong’

By Sukjong Hong | August 22, 2012 | Open City

A defender of traditional Korean arts refuses to give up.

Ramadan Meditations: A Muslim Woman’s Journey Towards Faith and Acceptance

By Humera Afridi | August 22, 2012 | Open City

“In the Pakistan I grew up in, women prayed at home. Mosques were the kingdom of men.”

Postcard from Bali

By Anelise Chen | August 19, 2012 | Open City

If vacation represents the absence of stress and consequential decision making, then isn’t an overmanaged tour just the thing?

Dollar-Bin Punk

By Gary Sullivan | July 10, 2012 | Open City

It all started with Beijing rock band The Fly—a cross between the Sex Pistols and Nirvana, but, you know, in Mandarin.

Catching the Casino Bus in Flushing

By Sukjong Hong | July 10, 2012 | Open City

It’s not the destination, but the bus stop.

The Fan

By Anelise Chen | June 27, 2012 | Open City

Perhaps the air conditioner was broken. Perhaps there was no air conditioner.

Bachelor(ette) Society

By E. Tammy Kim | June 12, 2012 | Open City

The lone male remains the archetype of migrant labor, despite the changing facts on the ground.

The Apartment Hunt

By Anelise Chen | June 4, 2012 | Open City

I checked out a space on Catherine and Madison, thinking that a Chinatown address would at least appease my dad.

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