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Arab Stigma Towards Mental Illness

Many Arabs in the Middle East are uninformed about the existence of mental illnesses and how to live with them. But one organization is trying to change that in New York City’s Arab Community. Jaslee Carayol reports from one such center in Brooklyn.

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A Family Restaurant Keeps it Simple with Loyal Customers

By Jaslee Carayol When Renee’s Kitchenette & Grill in Woodside, Queens opened in 1992, it was the only Filipino restaurant on the stretch of Roosevelt Avenue known as “Little Manila.”  Today, there are five – soon to be six – other Filipino restaurants in the area.  Though no item on the menu exceeds $10, customers […]

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Families Connect to Their Filipino Culture Through School

By Jaslee Carayol Still in its inaugural year, the Filipino School of New York/New Jersey is a weekend program aimed at educating elementary school children in Filipino language, history and culture.  The curriculum fuses Tagalog vocabulary with Filipino history and varied activities to appeal to the young children.  And, many parents say, the youth program […]

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NYC Marathon: One of Many or First and Last?

By Jaslee Carayol For many, running a marathon can be an addictive experience. They finish one marathon and they dream of the next.  Though this was true for several of the newly crowned finishers of the 2011 New York City Marathon, that’s not so for Maggie Nguyen. Nguyen, who works with databases, said this was […]

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A Community Church, in Need of Support

By Jaslee Carayol Members of the Filipino community travel from their home neighborhoods to attend Mass at a special chapel in downtown Manhattan, the Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz.  Dedicated to the first and only Filipino saint, the chapel is the official “Church of Filipinos” as designated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.  […]

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Commemorating the Filipino Victims of 9/11

By Jaslee Carayol Two days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, members of the Filipino American community gathered at the Asian American Writer’s Workshop in Chelsea and held an evening vigil to pay tribute to the 20 Filipino and Filipino Americans who died that day. “We show our endless support to the families […]

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A French Class in Manhattan without Teachers and Textbooks

Five adults were tossing a multicolored kindergarten ball to each other as they conjugated the verb “to be” in French in strong American accents: “Je suis, tu es, il est, nous sommes, vous êtes, ils sont.” The exercise, part of a class in basic French, was held on a recent Monday night at Pearl Studios, […]

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The Reality of Remittances for the Senegalese Community

by Eleonore Hamelin With two ID pictures and his Senegalese passport Ibrahima Sall recently opened a bank account in Senegal from a desk in Harlem. The desk was setup by the financial branch of the Senegalese Post in Dakar at the Association of the Senegalese in America, a meeting space in New York for the […]

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A Coptic Church with an All-English Service

A Coptic church in Manhattan rents a Swedenborgian church every Saturday for a weekly service – done entirely in English. By Neha Tara Mehta It’s a Saturday morning but the hymns are Sunday’s. The Lord’s name is being invoked to the clap of cymbals and the rhythmic clanging of triangles. The music has its roots […]

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Tweeting a Revolution

Inspired by Twitter conferences in Egypt, New York’s Egyptians held their first Twitter conference with a leading political activist from Egypt, Esraa Abdel Fattah, on November 9. By  Neha Tara Mehta Last Wednesday, Darin Sawan, a freshman at Queen’s College, took the subway to the non-profit Alwan For the Arts in Manhattan with an unusual […]

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