Articles in the Interviews Category
51 Results

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

South Asian Political Clout Rises in Queens

By Sonny Singh | July 8, 2015 | Open City

Ali Najmi, the contender to represent one of the largest South Asian enclaves in NYC, talks about Glen Oaks, the Sikh gurdwaras, and taxi drivers.

Pearls of Wisdom

By Eveline Chao | May 20, 2015 | Open City

When Flushing was a neighborhood of European immigrants in the 1940s, Pearl Chow’s was one of the sole Asian families there.

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.

The Kind that Destroys You: an Interview with Nayomi Munaweera

By Tanwi Nandini Islam | January 21, 2015 | Open City

Munaweera’s debut novel depicts the psychic, political and sexual spaces between Sri Lanka and Los Angeles.

The Talented Master Khan

By Rishi Nath | November 24, 2014 | Open City

Grammy-nominated producer The Twilite Tone on moving to New York, working with Kanye and the South Asian namesake he shares with Chaka Khan

The Counterculturalists: Alex Hing

By Esther Wang | October 9, 2014 | Open City

Red Guard founder Alex Hing talks 1960s radicalism, sympathizing with North Korea and that infamous punch.

A More Fundamentally Caring Economy: an Interview with Ai-jen Poo

By Humera Afridi | September 26, 2014 | Open City

Long before domestic workers organizer Ai-jen Poo won a “genius grant,” we spoke to her about her radical ideas on remaking women’s work

Spiking Tradition

By Kristopher Kam | July 4, 2014 | Open City

We journeyed over two-hundred miles to play indoor volleyball in sweat-inducing temperatures. That draining, exhausting heat is as much a part of the game as are the unique rules of 9-man volleyball.

A Dance with Chinatown

By Eveline Chao | June 18, 2014 | Open City

There are so many people who are invisible to us, and I think that its important to realize that the girl who runs the egg-cakes cart, she has dreams too, she has a future too, she has a past as well.

Arcade Rhythms

By Eveline Chao | April 24, 2014 | Open City

Alex is a skinny teenager with shaggy black hair – almost like a Beatles cut. He comes here all the time, just to play this game.

Conversation Scene in Queens

By Susan Lee | April 21, 2014 | Open City

…Hispanics and Asians are living in neighborhoods together nearly three times as much as they did ten years ago. But how integrated they truly are is a matter of debate…

The Hustle: Wattie Kalicharan, Painter & Student

By Tanwi Nandini Islam | April 16, 2014 | Open City

When I’m on the train, I draw a lot. I have absolutely no time for meditation. But when I’m painting, that’s…my meditation.”

“Sitting the Month” in Queens

By Amanda Dingyuan Hou | March 18, 2014 | Open City

No showering, no going outside, no drinking cold water–for an entire month. Many women in mainland China observe these rules as part of a traditional health care practice following childbirth.

Always Foreign, Always Brown

By Rishi Nath | February 26, 2014 | Open City

Crown Heights-based activist DJ Ushka talks about growing up in Thailand, gentrification, global bass, and Edward Said.

Jah Guide Me Through

By Rishi Nath | December 13, 2013 | Open City

In Queens to “clash,” Japanese dancehall kings Mighty Crown talk old-school Brooklyn and dub plates

Turkey Pho Sunday

By Phu Diep | December 1, 2013 | Open City

“We had tried Thanksgiving food at work and at church…a little bland…Then we just kept doing it each year and we got better each year, we learned how to cook more things- cranberry and marshmallow, ham, biscuits, and we made other stuff too, that’s not American food.”

Grocery Shopping with Erwin Santos

By Lai Wo | October 29, 2013 | Open City

“You really can’t get weird on a dehydrated noodle. You really can’t get weird on a canned sardine. Snacks, yeah you can get a little weird.”

Young, Political, Hungry: Carlos Menchaca Dishes

By Esther Wang | October 15, 2013 | Open City

“Manhattan gets everything. No more, no more…Our next mayor is going to be from Brooklyn no matter who wins.”

Om in Translation: An Interview with Artist Kunsang Gyatso

By Tanwi Nandini Islam | October 8, 2013 | Open City

As pure Tibetans, they seem to have a more direct connection to whatever their cause is…But in my case, I would be there thinking, I don’t have the genuine drive in a way. I was supporting the cause, but at the same time, I saw myself differently.

Designer’s Choice: A Conversation with Mary Ping

By Christina Moon | September 24, 2013 | Open City

We both remembered the fashion house’s Van Gogh jacket with its exquisite hand-embroidered jewel toned flowers, but it was Mary, who, without a heartbeat, recalled the year, telling the archivist to pull from the 1988 collection.

Yoga (Re)Public

By Thomas Mariadason | September 18, 2013 | Open City

Suran Song turned a laundromat in Jackson Heights into a space for private reflection. Now she’s inviting her neighborhood to practice yoga in her living room.

Fact/Fiction

By Rishi Nath | August 23, 2013 | Open City

A Conversation with Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Queens Author and Rapper

Video: Behind A Superhero

By John Paul Infante and Nabil Rahman | August 15, 2013 | Open City

“We need a new superhero that will not depend on the tropes of past heroes,” says Anand who copyrighted Laserman in 1985 at the age of 12.

Ramadan: 5 Commonly Asked Questions

By Nadia Q. Ahmad | July 23, 2013 | Open City

Do I get hungry? Yes, that’s the point.

Your Day is My Night: Documenting Shifting Lives

By Kyla Cheung | June 7, 2013 | Open City

Lynne Sachs talks about her film on immigrant experiences in Chinatown shift-bed houses.

The Longest Night: A Peek Into A Taxi-Bar Dancer’s Life

By Maroosha Muzaffar | March 25, 2013 | Open City

Maroosha Muzaffar talks to a taxi-dancer, who works at one of the many taxi-bars in Jackson Heights, Queens, where lonely immigrant men pay for a dance and a shot at love.

VIDEO: Immigrants Behind the Wheel

By Jia Guo | March 7, 2013 | Open City

There are 42,000 cab drivers in New York City–and 82% of them are immigrants. Many from them from white collars jobs back in their home country.

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.

Novelist Katie Kitamura: “I’m Interested In Disembodied Voices”

By Wah-Ming Chang | November 15, 2012 | Open City

Wah-Ming Chang talks to the author about reading, writing, and Hari Kunzru’s voice.

The Dosa Hunt Continues: ‘Use Your Hands! Be One With the Dosa’

By Sangamithra Iyer | October 19, 2012 | Open City

Amrit Singh, Vijay Iyer, and Ashok Kondabolu on how to eat (and dip!)

The Story Behind Great Taste’s ‘Five Dumplings for a Dollar’ Deal

By Anelise Chen | October 3, 2012 | Open City

This Sunset Park eatery is known for dishing up the best dumplings in New York City. So why is its owner, Mr. Chen, barely breaking even?

New DREAMs: Jeff, 20

By E. Tammy Kim | September 17, 2012 | Open City

“My parents never hid the fact that I was undocumented.”

Photographs: Paper Doll Immigrants

By Katherine Zhang | August 23, 2012 | Open City

John Clang’s “Beijing New York” is a product of some good old-fashioned cut and paste.

Bebi Rejendra, Student

By Rishi Nath | August 15, 2012 | Open City

“In Guyana, your faith is not held against you.”

After Two Decades, Lucky Cheng’s Leaves East Village For New Midtown Digs

By Katherine Zhang | August 15, 2012 | Open City

“We’re offering a valuable public cervix.”

Mohammad Zuhoor-ul-Haqq, Spiritual Street Vendor

By Humera Afridi | August 3, 2012 | Open City

“Surah Rahman and Surah Yasin. Very, very powerful!”

Dai Sil Kim-Gibson: In Mourning, a Filmmaker Turns to Writing

By E. Tammy Kim | August 2, 2012 | Open City

In her new memoir, the famed documentarian writes about coping with grief after losing her husband of 30 years.

Nerdcore Rapper Adam WarRock to Chick-fil-A: Your Slaw Sucked Anyway

By Gary Sullivan | July 31, 2012 | Open City

The internet’s foremost comic book emcee joins MC Lars and Math The Band at The Knit.

Doo-Ri Chung: Even Couture is a Man’s World

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

The designer talks fashion, the Garment District, and what Chinese rivers have to say about next season’s runway.

The Vegan Marshmallow

By Sangamithra Iyer | June 25, 2012 | Open City

Fluffy, sugary, and animal-free.

Hettienne Park’s Stage Dive

By E. Tammy Kim | June 19, 2012 | Open City

“Lifting up my shirt and speaking was a little bit terrifying.”

Charan Jit Singh, Business Card Distributor

By Humera Afridi | June 19, 2012 | Open City

“Get Cash in a Flash.”

Mr. Zhu, Cobbler

By Anelise Chen | June 10, 2012 | Open City

“There’s nobody left in Chinatown, is there?”

Arena, Performer

By Humera Afridi | June 8, 2012 | Open City

“I’m beautiful all the time. Twenty-four hours!”

Show Buttons
Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Pinterest
Hide Buttons