“Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India” Exhibit, until Jun 10, 2018 @ Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA

The Siddis of Karnataka are the descendants of early African immigrants to South Asia and enslaved Africans brought to India’s west coast from the 16th century. While they have adopted, adapted, and integrated many aspects of Indian cultures, Siddis have also retained and transformed African traditions. In the visual arts, one stands out: the patchwork… Read More

“Migrant Kitchens, Portraits and Films from the Margins,” Queens Museum, Community Partnership Exhibition Space, Nov-Dec 2017

Opening Reception: Sunday, Nov 12, 2-5pm featuring screenings, street food, and community conversation around migrants and their rights Migrant Kitchens, Portraits and Films, from the Margins highlights those adept conjurers of taste in spaces on the street, in the community, and at home. For they are our culture creators—by their presence and persistence—they fortify our dynamic and… Read More

Watch Sarah Khan on Bourdain’s Parts Unknown: Queens NY

Queens NY, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Consulted on the episode, introduced Parts Unknown to Évelia Coyotzi and Blessing Osagiede, two Queens of Queens NY, and had a meal with Bourdain at Africana Soul Food Restaurant in Jamaica, Queens NY. Watch reruns on CNN.

Surviving Surveillance, a screening and discussion with director Sarah K. Khan, Museum of the Moving Image, Queens NY

Changing the Picture Series, Warrington Hudlin A screening and discussion with director Sarah K. Khan and members of Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian Women Giving Circle, and Desis Rising up and Moving (DRUM) Part of Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc. Shahina Parveen’s son, Shahawar Matin Siraj, was imprisoned for a crime he never… Read More

Cooking is an Act of Defiance, Open City Magazine, Asian Americans Writers’ Workshop

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. Read more…

Article_Queens’ Street Carts of Desire: Saboroso de Aracataca

“Me siento latinoamericano de cualquier país, pero sin renunciar nunca a la nostalgia de mi tierra: Aracataca…” “I feel Latin American from any country, but without renouncing the nostalgia for my land: Aracataca…” ~Gabriel Garcia Marquez Most are animated, some waver and occasionally one stumbles. Every few feet, a door swings open and a bolero,… Read More