This edition: Special Edition on Asian American Hidden CommunitiesTweet
Original tape date: May 4, 2018.
First aired: June 5, 2018.
Jackson Heights, Queens is a neighborhood in constant flux as older wave of immigrants make room for new. According to the latest census, Jackson Heights is home to people from more than 50 countries speaking some 20 languages. One of the new immigrant groups to settle in Queens are the Nepalis. Corespondent Kyung Yoon visits their cultural center and restaurants to learn how this population is changing Queens.
New York has one of the largest Filipino population in America. While the majority are Christian, little is known about the Muslims here, that is until now. Host and Correspondent Ernabel Demillo shares the history of Filipino Muslims and how they’re keeping their culture and tradition alive.
Sikhs are one of the most visible immigrant groups in the U.S. They’ve been quietly integrating and their communities are cropping up in all four corners of our country. Professionally they are breaking through glass ceilings, earning merit based positions - all while they hold true to their identity and core values. Correspondent Minnie Roh explains why Sikh communities in New Jersey are growing, and how they’re impacting political and social change.
Staten Island has one of the largest concentration of Sri Lankan Americans in the United States. Correspondent Rayner Ramirez visits this community and talks with the first Sri Lankan resident of Staten Island, as well as the first Sri Lankan museum and restaurant in the borough.
Pabitra Dash Organizing Fellow, Adhikaar
Leslie Gunaratne Former Staten Island Resident
Bhante Kondanna Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk, Staten Island Buddhist Vihara Meditation Center & Healing Garden
Inteshar Mohammed Tradition Bearer, Kinding Sindaw
Nirosha Premasiri Staten Island Resident
Malaika Yasmin Queano Kinding Sindaw
Nabin Sherchan Restaurant Owner, Mustang Thakali Kitchen
Sharmila Sherchan Restaurant Owner, Mustang Thakali Kitchen
Urgen Sherpa President, United Sherpa Association
Harpreet Singh Toor Chairman, Public Policy and External Affairs, The Sikh Cultural Society, Inc.
Julia Wijesinghe Founder, Sri Lankan Arts & Cultural Museum NY