“Farmers: Past, Present, Future” Photo Exhibit, Madison Children’s Museum, WI

“Farmers: Past, Present, Future” Photography Exhibit Madison Children’s Museum, Sidewalk Surprise Series, 10 April – 10 July 2018 The three photographs displayed in the Sidewalk Surprise Series at The Children’s Museum of Madison WI portray a family of women farmers from Central India. The Dandu family, located in the state of Telangana, represent a long… 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

Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America: Shahina Parveen, Open City, Asian Americans Writers’ Workshop

Collateral Damage “Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America”: A mother copes with the unjust arrest and incarceration of her son. Shahina Parveen is the mother of Shahawar Matin Siraj, who was convicted in 2007 of allegedly conspiring to plant bombs in a Manhattan subway. Shahina maintains her son, Matin, is in prison for a crime he… 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…

Satire: “CORN-TELPRO: Tamale Ladies Menace 6 Queens’ neighborhoods along Roosevelt Avenue”

Do not confuse CORN-TELPRO with the 1950s COINTELPRO, “a series of covert, and at times illegal, projects conducted by the United States FBI aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting and disrupting domestic political organizations.” CORN-TELPRO, on the other hand, is an entirely trustworthy and legitimate organization, seeking a total and complete shutdown of all invasive species on Roosevelt Avenue,… Read More

Article Migrant Kitchens_Queens’ Street Carts of Desire: Vendors vs. City Hall

“The people with permits, they are not working. We vendors on the streets, we need more permits,” yelled Mehdi, a New York street vendor of Bengali origin, at a recent protest for more permits. Street vending in the city – in particular food vending – is largely the domain of immigrants like Mehdi, seemingly an… Read More

Article_Queens’ Street Carts of Desire: Peddling, Past and Present

Queens these days is New York’s street cart central. According to the Street Vendor Project, which advocates for vendor rights in the five boroughs, the largest concentration of street vendors with licenses lives in that borough. This concentration of streetside sellers is easy enough to see on six-mile-long Roosevelt Avenue, which runs through six of… 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