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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.

Wall to Wall

By Rong Xiaoqing | February 21, 2017 | Open City

Why Donald Trump is so wrong about comparing his planned U.S. border wall with the Great Wall of China.

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.

Savoring the Motherland at Home

By Rahima Nasa | January 13, 2017 | Open City

Two Bangladeshi New Yorkers share their culture with their city and empower their community through their new street food pop-up.

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.

Jackson Heights: Unearthing the People’s Struggle

By Jai Dulani | December 20, 2016 | Open City

Community organizers have created a walking tour of Jackson Heights that focuses on the experiences of the immigrants who live in the neighborhood.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shadow of the Shutter

By Esther Wang | June 18, 2015 | Open City

How Asian small business owners are negotiating community and commerce in Baltimore

Women Worker Blues

By Tanwi Nandini Islam | September 26, 2014 | Open City

Worker-owned cooperatives gain immigrant women more than income. They give them a cure for the “tensions” that harm their physical and mental health.

How Eighth Avenue Became Chinese

By Tarry Hum | September 19, 2014 | Open City

Urbanist Tarry Hum’s new book on Sunset Park looks at the economic, cultural and land use shifts in the waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood.

Searching for Austin’s Asian American Soul

By Wena Poon | August 14, 2014 | Open City

I said I missed Asia. His elderly friend beckoned to me and showed me his smartphone–a video of a dance performance in China. Little girls singing shrilly. “If you miss it,” he beamed, “Just watch YouTube.”

Picturing the Past with Marisa Jahn’s ‘Nanny Van’

By Brian Nunes | August 1, 2014 | Open City

My grandmother spent many long years cleaning toilets, washing bedsheets, and mopping floors doing the best she could to navigate a country knowing her then-undocumented status and her lack of language skills put her at a severe disadvantage.

Bread + Butter Socialism: A History of Finnish-American Co-ops

By Esther Wang | June 12, 2014 | Open City

Finntown in the 1920s and 30s was a bit like a leftist fantasy mixed with a touch of “Portlandia”…

A “Roving” Museum

By Anne Lagamayo | October 31, 2013 | Open City

A set of wind chimes hangs on a thin board, a short-wave radio emits bursts of Morse code, thin sheets of metal rustle on a crate.

Q&A With Ashok Rajamani: The Man Whose Brain Exploded

By Kyla Cheung | March 7, 2013 | Open City

Kyla Cheung talks to Ashok Rajamani about his uniquely humor-filled memoir recovering from an aneurysm at the age of 25.

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