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Midwood Magic: A Coney Island Philanthropy of Hope

By Humera Afridi | July 26, 2018 | Open City

Seeking a panacea from life’s turmoils, immigrants flock to an unassuming Sufi in Brooklyn.

‘Norte’ from the Philippines: A View from New York

By Nita Noveno | July 24, 2018 | Open City

Is the lack of agency in the movie’s characters a reflection of centuries of colonialism? A Fil Am writer explores.

Tying a Future Together in America

By Ashley Somwaru | July 9, 2018 | Open City

An Indo-Carib couple’s tale: When pursuing dreams give way to raising a family in NYC

How to Start Your Family Roots Search

By Huiying Bernice Chan | July 3, 2018 | Open City

Here are some tips from a Chinese American New Yorker who went to Toisan, China to trace their parents’ roots.

A Die-In to Stop the Killings

By Noel Pangilinan | June 25, 2018 | Open City

How lying down, getting up and marching on Madison Av is a metaphor for the fight vs. tyranny in the Philippines.

Apply for One of Two Open City Fellowship for Fall 2018

By The Asian American Writers' Workshop | May 29, 2018 | Open City

The deadline for submission has been extended to July 23, 2018. Both the Neighborhoods Fellowship and the Muslim Communities Fellowship start on September 18, 2018.

When Convictions Follow Immigrants for Life

By Roshan Abraham | May 22, 2018 | Open City

They served their sentences and have rejoined society.
But are convicted immigrants not good enough to stay?

Anatomies of Displacement

By Raad Rahman | May 8, 2018 | Open City

Mapping the geography of personal and political histories

Nepalis Fight for TPS

By Pearl Bhatnagar | April 19, 2018 | Open City

A community braces for a decision that could change thousands of lives in the U.S. and Nepal

Sweeping Away Evil in Chinatown

By Huiying Bernice Chan | March 29, 2018 | Open City

How do Chinatown leaders work towards community preservation in the Year of the Earth Dog?

The Nostalgia of Ordinary Objects

By Nadia Nooreyezdan | March 16, 2018 | Open City

When home is a place you’ve never been, can you visit it through objects?

America Made Me Muslim

By Raad Rahman | March 15, 2018 | Open City

When a singular aspect of your identity is politicized, how do you cope with Islamophobia in Trump’s America?

To be Muslim, Black, and Undocumented

By Sumaya Awad | March 6, 2018 | Open City

How Trump’s threat to end DACA almost extinguished one DREAMer’s hope of becoming a teacher

Coming Full Circle at West Point

By Mike Hong | February 13, 2018 | Open City

How a young Chinese American followed in his
great-grandfather’s footsteps 112 years later

Open City Names 2018 Fellows

By Noel Pangilinan | February 1, 2018 | Open City

7 writers begin a 6-month fellowship writing about NYC’s Muslim American and Asian American communities.

Starting from Scratch

By Roja Heydarpour | January 30, 2018 | Open City

After one family immigrated to the United States from Iran, one of the side effects was that gender roles reversed in the household.

What it’s Like to Live in the Country
That’s Bombing Your Own

By Sumaya Awad | January 30, 2018 | Open City

With bombings in their own country and threat of travel ban and revocation of their TPS, how do Yemenis in the U.S. cope?

What happens after torture?

By Raad Rahman | November 14, 2017 | Open City

While America’s most storied hospital welcomes survivors, your body protests: what did it survive?

A Spirited Sisterhood: Arab Women Rise [Part 4]

By Humera Afridi | November 1, 2017 | Open City

The members of the Union of Arab Women are graduating with diplomas, a spirit of activism, and a new family.

Working Together As One Hand: Arab Women Rise [Part 3]

By Humera Afridi | October 12, 2017 | Open City

Negotiating a new identity in a new country amid sisterhood and community.

A New Resistance in Brooklyn’s
‘Little Palestine’

By Sumaya Awad | October 6, 2017 | Open City

Bay Ridge group pushes back vs. Islamophobia
sans politicians and beyond electoral cycles.

A Filipino Pop-Up Library in Queens

By Yasmin Adele Majeed | September 26, 2017 | Open City

From Bulosan to Hagedorn, this mobile library celebrates Filipinx American literature

Your Kids Need Hub! They Need Love: Arab Women Rise [Part 2]

By Humera Afridi | September 14, 2017 | Open City

Arab mothers and grandmothers in Bay Ridge discover that in a new country, there are new ways to care for their families, their community, and themselves

Immigration of the Dead

By April Xu | September 8, 2017 | Open City

Rather than fly to China to visit their departed loved ones, a growing number of Chinese Americans are opting to bring their family members’ remains to the U.S.

These Streets are Ours Too: Arab Women Rise (Part 1)

By Humera Afridi | September 1, 2017 | Open City

Arab mothers and grandmothers in Bay Ridge speak out and fight back.

Dragon Ladies

By Mike Hong | August 11, 2017 | Open City

They had to endure racial and gender injustices. But these three are now the faces of the growing political clout of Asian American women.

From Prison Chaplain
to Imprisoned Chaplain

By April Xu | July 14, 2017 | Open City

One moment he was ministering to Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo. The next, he was arrested, detained and threatened with execution.

When the First Generation Dies

By Roja Heydarpour | June 29, 2017 | Open City

Faced with the sudden death of a loved one, Muslim immigrants — after a secular lifetime in America — cross this final frontier of assimilation.

The Ice Cream That Never Melts

By Rong Xiaoqing | June 26, 2017 | Open City

This Chinatown ice cream shop refuses to melt, despite pressure from past gang violence and heat from present gentrification debates.

The Battle for Chinatown

By Rong Xiaoqing | June 2, 2017 | Open City

Two contending schools of thought on rezoning continue to divide Chinatown. And the neighborhood might be running out of time.

Stumping for Trump

By Mike Hong | May 10, 2017 | Open City

They are not non-college, white, working-class men, but they campaigned and voted for Trump.

Cooking is an Act of Defiance

By Sarah K. Khan | May 5, 2017 | Open City

Cooking provides a familiar focus, even a break, and the possibility to recreate culture and share it in a part of the world that finds her, and people like her, distasteful.

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.

您好,這是法拉盛,這裡是紐約!

By ??? (Yichen Tu) | August 12, 2016 | Open City

讓我透過一張張影像紀錄,向大家介紹我和許多華人在海外為「家」的法拉盛社區。

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.

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.

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.

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 Free-Spirited Journey of A Taxi Union Organizer

By Sonny Singh | June 2, 2016 | Open City

From sufism to reggae, from construction work to driving taxis, it has been a colorful ride for one of the co-founders of a taxi drivers union in New York.

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.

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.

Fighting to Keep Their Homes

By Rong Xiaoqing | May 6, 2016 | Open City

Tenants of rent-regulated apartments in Chinatown fought back and won a settlement with their landlord, who now must provide safe and decent living condition and stop harassing them.

‘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.

Why Justice for Akai Gurley Matters

By Rahima Nasa | April 15, 2016 | Open City

The Brooklyn DA wants no jail term for NYPD cop Peter Liang, but several Asian American groups demand accountability for Liang and justice for all victims of police violence.

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.

The Dancing Grannies of New York City

By Esther Yu Hsi Lee | April 5, 2016 | Open City

For the women who dance together at a Chinatown park, every gesture brings them closer together and every step leads them away from the dangers of depression.

An Irish Pub in Brooklyn’s Chinatown

By Liz Chow | March 29, 2016 | Open City

Amid the sea of Chinese characters in Sunset Park’s Eighth Avenue, an Irish pub has held its ground despite waves of inward and outward migration.

Men Loiter, Women Cloister

By Chaya Babu | March 16, 2016 | Open City

Who owns public space? Young South Asian women in Brooklyn struggle with the culture that dictates that women have no business outside the home.

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.

From Divided to United?

By Rong Xiaoqing | March 1, 2016 | Open City

The current debate over the conviction of NYPD officer Peter Liang is actually a good sign, heralding the growing political maturity of the Chinese American community.

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.

When a Small Business Takes a Great Leap Forward

By Michelle Chen | December 15, 2015 | Open City

As Pearl River Mart prepares to close its doors, why the store’s godchild doesn’t want it to be “saved”

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.

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.

Too Close to Home

By Nadia Misir | November 10, 2015 | Open City

In Richmond Hill, a neighborhood’s safety concerns are pitted against a city’s effort to bring youth offenders closer to home. And the residents are up in arms.

The Education of an Immigration Lawyer

By Sonny Singh | November 2, 2015 | Open City

How a high school teacher’s advocacy vs. bullying of Sikh students led her from the classroom to the court room.

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.

Shattering Silence in Banglatown

By Chaya Babu | September 2, 2015 | Open City

In Kensington, young Bangladeshi activists fight against apathy and inaction in the local community by organizing around the murder of a 13-year-old boy in Bangladesh earlier this summer.

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.

Shadow of the Shutter

By Esther Wang | June 18, 2015 | Open City

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

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.

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.

Sikh Teens Spread Awareness + Love in Manhattan

By Sonny Singh | May 1, 2015 | Open City

“…I’d see non-Sikhs…be scared because there were so many turbans around them. I want to end that,” Amrinder Singh explained.

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.

Good Fortune, Long Life

By Michelle Chen | April 7, 2015 | Open City

A “goddaughter” of one of Chinatown’s oldest and most storied emporiums remembers the store’s Red origins and high-low appeal.

Guyana ♥ Country

By Nadia Misir | March 13, 2015 | Open City

Vintage American country-western music helps Indo-Guyanese express ineffable heartbreak, spirituality and political emergence.

“Money Talks…But Not In My Language”

By Lisa Wong Macabasco | March 3, 2015 | Open City

Barriers to Banking Push Queens Immigrants Towards Alternative, Financial Services

The Spirit of Parshaada [VIDEO]

By Sonny Singh | February 27, 2015 | Open City

Roti is everyday food in Punjabi homes. At the gurdwara, it takes on a new name and becomes a symbol of service.

The Black Poster

By Mei Schultz | February 24, 2015 | Open City

A mysterious black poster sends one Columbia University student down a transnational college application rabbit hole.

Mo’ Momo fo’ the Masses

By Lisa Wong Macabasco | February 4, 2015 | Open City

A momo evangelist introduces foodies to a lesser known dumpling and to the Tibetans and Nepalese who love them.

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.

Childhood in a Can

By Anzhe Zhang | January 7, 2015 | Open City

Time traveling with a drink find in Chinatown

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

Little Pakistan’s Mission Man

By Chaya Babu | December 12, 2014 | Open City

Community organizing can be lonely work when you’re battling ghosts from a violent past

Poll position

By Pearly Huang | December 1, 2014 | Open City

In neighborhoods where Asian American voters lack English fluency, poll workers are the overlooked links to electoral participation.

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 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.

Karma on the Half Shell

By Eveline Chao | October 28, 2014 | Open City

Buddhist “mercy releases” have long set animals free in ways that may harm them. Parks and animal protection organizations are working to make it better.

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