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For Native Americans, Thanksgiving Can Be a Mixed Blessing

Washington, D.C.  Growing up, attorney Anita Shifflett celebrated Thanksgiving in the same way as most other Americans, by getting together with relatives to enjoy a hearty meal. “Thanksgiving meant family,” said Shifflett, a card-carrying member of the Native American Lumby tribe. “You had to go home for Thanksgiving. You had to go back to the […]

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Second IAAC South Asian Lit Fest Wraps Up in NYC – with Meera Nair

New York, N.Y. The second annual Indo-American Literary Festival of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) wrapped up recently in New York City showcasing writers from the entire Indian sub-continent — India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan — including Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Suketu Mehta, Madhur Jaffrey, and Sree Sreenivasan. As always the most amazing of them all was Aroon Shivdasani, its […]

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Sri Lankan Dance Academy Presents Nrutha Haramba Sara II Oct. 24

New York, N.Y.  The Sri Lankan Dance Academy of New York presents Nrutha Haramba Sara II on October 24, 2015 at College of Staten Island. Photo: Sri Lankan Dance Academy of New York. Performed by SLDA students and led by Gurus Dilhan Pinnagoda, Nalinda Pieris, Uthpala Eroshan, Indika Udaya Kumara. Photo: Sri Lankan Dance Academy […]

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On NYC’s Upper East Side: Bach for All of Us – The Motets

New York, N.Y.  For more than 250 years the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) has given inspiration to millions of people and his larger-than-life image has been the center of quasi-religious adoration from musicians around the world. The opening program of the season is intended to share the greatness of Bach by presenting his […]

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Despite Slowdown, China’s Outbound Tourists Reach 242 Million

New York, N.Y. As Chinese tourists head across the globe for Golden Week this week, luxury retailers are worried that an ailing stock market and devalued yuan will lead to muted growth compared to holiday seasons of the past. But according to newly released figures, long-term growth prospects remain strong for Chinese travelers, who are […]

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Film ‘He Named Me Malala’ Opens in NYC with IAAC

New York, N.Y.  The brilliant film ‘He Named Me Malala’ opens in Friday, October 2, exclusively at Lincoln Square and Sunshine theaters in new York City. Tickets here.     “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Following its premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, […]

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Safeguarding Cultural Heritage of Syria Essential

New York, N.Y.  Denouncing the systematic cultural cleansing afflicting societies in Syria and Iraq as “crimes against all of humanity,” United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and the Director-General of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, met in Paris today to discuss the destruction of cultural heritage and possible measures to […]

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Iconic Norman Rockwell Exhibition to Open at U.N. Headquarters

New York, N.Y.  Part of an ongoing series of global events marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, a special exhibition is set to open at the world body’s New York Headquarters bringing together legendary artist Norman Rockwell’s original United Nations drawing, his Golden Rule painting, and a collection of work that reflects his […]

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Mayflower Roots – and a Metrocard – Get One on the Subway

From 2012: Charlie Sheen Gives USO $1 Million – Biggest in its History

China Plans for Mainland Police in H.K. Rail Station Spark Controversy

European Border Restrictions on Refugees Violate Human Rights

‘Orange the World’ Campaign Effort to End Violence Against Girls, Women

In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans