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“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.

Sound Postcard: K-Town Celebrates “Jinshinbalpki”

By Susan M. Lee | February 15, 2014 | Open City

The drummers were dressed in black and white tunics with colorful sashes and played traditional instruments…

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.

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.

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.

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!)

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.”

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.

Serena Qiu & Kota Kobayashi, in Transit

By Wah-Ming Chang | June 22, 2012 | Open City

“I found myself squeezing Serena’s bare knee.”

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!”