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Turkish Culture Comes to Times Square

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The festivities started Sept. 27 and continue through Sunday, Oct. 4.   The festival is organized by the Turkish Cultural Center New York and supported by the Turkish-American Business Improvement & Development Council (TABID). All of this diversity makes for the biggest Turkish Festival in the history of the U.S.   Of course, it is all happening […]

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From the Grand Bazaar to New York’s Grand Central

New York, N.Y.   The biggest Turkish Festival in the history of the U.S. — “Turkish Days in New York” — is now upon us.  It is bringing the Grand Bazaar on the beautiful banks of the Bosporus to our own Grand Central – and out to the streets of our city.  Showcasing the Anatolian civilizations, Turkic and […]

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Jackson Heights Festival: Film & Food Like No Other

Written by Barbara Magnoni, edited by Jim Luce, photos by Marta Magnoni. The Number 7 train was dubbed “The International Express” by Hillary Clinton when she was first lady to call attention to the positive aspects of the diverse immigrant community in New York City. The train, which runs from Flushing, Queens into Manhattan’s Times […]

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Korean Parade & Festival Gave New Yorkers Taste of Asia

Every year, the Korean-American Parade offers colorful costumes and floats.Korean martial arts, traditional dancers, regal apparel, and spectacular floats were on dazzling display at the Korean Parade and Festival 2009. Mayor Bloomberg, Council member John Liu and other notables “cooking” in Koreatown. The event, themed “Cooperation and Peace in Troubled Times,” was organized by the […]

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Secularism: Surprisingly More Popular in Turkey than in U.S.

  Muslim protests in France over Islamic headscarf ban. Gallup poll findings in the U.S. show 44% say the Bible should not be a source of legislation. Likewise, 57% of Turks say the Koran should not be a source of law in Turkey. Moderation wins. Turkish respondents, 23% of them, felt that Sharia could play […]

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Park Avenue’s Nichibei Exchange – and Japanese Flute

James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi grand master. James plays the Japanese bamboo flute. Brilliantly. Haunting melodies crossed the conference table, like fog rolling down the mountainside and across the rice paddies of central Honshu. The flute came to Japan from China in the eighth century. Used originally by Zen Buddhist priests, the music creates a heightened […]

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Franketienne: Haiti’s First Nobel Laureate – Hopefully

New York, N.Y.  As a cultural area studies graduate, seldom do I feel over my head culturally. Standing in the home of possibly the next Nobel Prize recipient for Literature in Port-au-Prince recently, I found myself way out of my league. One ambassador had cautioned me to “have an intellectual translate” for me. Luckily, when […]

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