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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.

The Festival of Light and Liberation, Sikh Style

By Sonny Singh | October 31, 2014 | Open City

Diwali is celebrated in various ways by South Asian peoples. The Sikh celebration adds politics to the mix.

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

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.

Seven Reasons You Should Apply for an Open City Fellowship

By AAWW | May 20, 2014 | Open City

The applications have been streaming in for our next round of Open City fellows. If you’re an emerging Asian American writer, consider applying and help spread the word about this wonderful opportunity…

Dear MSG,

By Annie Choi | March 14, 2014 | Open City

I know that you’ve had some tough times the past few years. People have called to ban you, to oust you from the kitchen…

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.”

Uncracking Balut

By Tinamarie Vella | October 10, 2013 | Open City

“Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg before it is broken.”
–MFK Fisher, “How to Cook a Wolf”

Reporter’s Notebook: Flushing

By Sukjong Hong | October 4, 2013 | Open City

The shorter woman said, “You have such a good insang인상!” The other pressed, “But you do go to church, don’t you?”

The Physics of Storytelling

By Rishi Nath | October 3, 2013 | Open City

As I studied my surroundings, I found things that defied explanation. For some matters, the closer I looked, the more elusive any resolution became.

Accidental Stories

By Anelise Chen | October 1, 2013 | Open City

One Saturday afternoon in Sunset Park, I was sitting on the cement rim of a drained wading pool, watching elderly Chinese couples foxtrot to staticky melodies playing from a beat-up cassette player.

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.

Video: At Home with Brooklyn Shanti

By Nabil Rahman | July 30, 2013 | Open City

Afrika Bambaataa recently crowned Lasker the “Indian Bambaataa” for his efforts spreading hip-hop in India.

A Secret Life in Misspelled Cities & The Secret Lives of Misspelled Cities

By Sahar Muradi & Zohra Saed | January 29, 2013 | Open City

Sahar Muradi and Zohra Saed are two Afghan American poets. This is a lyrical conversation between Sahar, who returned to retrace footsteps in Afghanistan and Zohra, who remained ensconced in longing for mythic cities of her birth.

Photo Essay: ‘As Innerly As Possible’

By Wah-Ming Chang | January 9, 2013 | Open City

In conversation with solitude.

Photo Essay: The Cross Currents of Flushing, Queens

By Deanna Fei & Jessica Fei | January 9, 2013 | Open City

Sisters Deanna Fei and Jessica Fei capture the many faces of Flushing: a home, a place of transit, a new territory.

An Island and Its Storm: Sandy’s Aftermath In Pictures and Poetry

By Jen Fitzgerald | December 6, 2012 | Open City

Remaining unnoticed is not a new thing for Staten Island.

Magical Mystery Tour: Chinatown’s Underbelly with Novelist Ed Lin

By E. Tammy Kim | November 8, 2012 | Open City

“My strength is writing about Chinese people and dirtbags, and Chinese dirtbags.”

Queens Stand Up: The Essential Reading Guide on Hip-Hop’s Forgotten Borough

By Rishi Nath | October 16, 2012 | Open City

A handful of books provide vivid details on the rap that grew out of Queens.

Comic Strip: “Excuse Me, Please!”

By Gary Sullivan | August 13, 2012 | Open City

A compendium of responses from video store clerks in Jackson Heights.

Ramadan: 5 Commonly Asked Questions

By Nadia Q. Ahmad | August 9, 2012 | Open City

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

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | July 10, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | June 27, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

Lower East Side Memories

By E. Tammy Kim | June 20, 2012 | Open City

My comic ode to the neighborhood.

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | June 19, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

What Is This Boy Thinking About?

By Wah-Ming Chang | June 12, 2012 | Open City

A photo essay.

Accidental Chinese Hipsters

By Alison Kuo | June 10, 2012 | Open City

So ironic, it’s not.

Wanna Faja?

By Katherine Zhang | June 8, 2012 | Open City

The newest fashion craze in Queens.

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