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Indians have made Chinese food their own; boycotting it only betrays our culinary culture and middle-class
India

Indians have made Chinese food their own; boycotting it only betrays our culinary culture and middle-class

In the wake of the conflagration at the border, Ramdas Athawale, union minister, has decided that the patriotic Indian must launch a boycott of Chinese food. What he does not realise that Chinese food in India has as much to do with China as a Japanese curry has to do with our korma and qalia.

Rise in anti-Asian sentiment following coronavirus outbreak is hardly a new phenomenon, experts say
World

Rise in anti-Asian sentiment following coronavirus outbreak is hardly a new phenomenon, experts say

To historians and public health researchers, the racialized responses to the emerging coronavirus are nothing new. From 14th century plague to HIV/AIDS and the recent round of Ebola, infectious disease outbreaks have often coincided with surges of prejudice and marginalization.

David Fincher to write, executive produce prequel series of Roman Polanski's 1974 film Chinatown for Netflix
Entertainment

David Fincher to write, executive produce prequel series of Roman Polanski's 1974 film Chinatown for Netflix

David Fincher has previously collaborated with Netflix on House of Cards, Mindhunter and Love, Sex & Robots.

Race-based school criteria roils Asian-Americans enough to push for legal fight as immigration takes centerstage in US midterms
World

Race-based school criteria roils Asian-Americans enough to push for legal fight as immigration takes centerstage in US midterms

The U.S. Department of Justice is backing a 2014 lawsuit against Harvard University by Asian-American applicants, who say the Ivy League college unlawfully suppresses the number of Asians admitted. The DOJ also said last year it would investigate a May 2015 complaint filed against Harvard by a coalition of Asian-American groups.

101 Traces: Kolkata's fading Chinatown is down to just a few families
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101 Traces: Kolkata's fading Chinatown is down to just a few families

Kolkata's Chinatown was once home to a thriving community of over 20,000 ethnically Chinese Indian nationals. That number is now estimated to be as low as 2,000. Most of the inhabitants' ancestors moved to Kolkata in the early 20th century, setting up shops and businesses for families of Chinese origin. But of late, the younger generation of the community has been looking to move out of Chinatown, looking for better prospects and standards of living in countries like USA, UK, Australia and Canada. Does this spell the end for the once-bustling Chinatown in Kolkata?

101 Traces: Monica Liu, the restaurant-owning 'Don' of Chinatown
101 India

101 Traces: Monica Liu, the restaurant-owning 'Don' of Chinatown

When most people look at Monica Liu, they see a smiling restaurant owner in Tangra, Kolkata. But this unassuming grandmother of nine is also known as the Don of Chinatown. Thanks to her, Calcuttans know what Chinese food made by Chinese people tastes like. But Kolkata's woman of steel comes from humble beginnings. During the Indo-China war in 1962, when Monica was just a child, her entire family was arrested and taken to Deoli Camp, Rajasthan. Finally, it was when Monica and another young boy in the camp wrote a letter to the Home Minister, that their release orders were processed. Starting a new life, Monica's mother would make momos to sell to make ends meet. It was from helping her mother every evening that Monica's journey began. Finally, in 1991, she opened Kim Ling, the family's first restaurant. When goons tried to intimidate the family into giving them free food, Monica responded in kind, eventually earning her the title 'Don of Tangra'.

Roman Polanski case update: Judge rejects motion for filmmaker to return to the US
Entertainment

Roman Polanski case update: Judge rejects motion for filmmaker to return to the US

A US judge on Monday rejected a motion by fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski seeking assurances that he can return to the United States without fear of being jailed for having sex with a minor four decades ago.

Democrat minority politics send Chinatown plumping for Trump, other Asians may follow suit
World

Democrat minority politics send Chinatown plumping for Trump, other Asians may follow suit

Most Asian communities in the US, including the Chinese, may vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump, and not Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, thanks to the minority politics by the Democratic party

Zootopia review: With life lessons and smart characters, this Disney film is a superb watch
Entertainment

Zootopia review: With life lessons and smart characters, this Disney film is a superb watch

After Star Wars and now Zootopia it looks like Disney is serious about strong female characters

Fading Little China: Chinese New Year celebrations show importance of a dwindling community in Kolkata
Life

Fading Little China: Chinese New Year celebrations show importance of a dwindling community in Kolkata

As the Chinese community in India is shrinking, the objective of this picture story is to demonstrate how they come alive during the festival in Kolkata.

Muslims only, please: Why the Noida housing society is no ghetto
India

Muslims only, please: Why the Noida housing society is no ghetto

Is the creation of a Muslim-only colony in Noida an example of ghettoisation or restriction of community members from buying property? Maybe not.

How to go broke and still be happy in Singapore
Travel

How to go broke and still be happy in Singapore

The Asian financial and business centre has undergone a makeover in recent years and it is now also a playground for Asia's rich where sleek skyscrapers meet quaint shops.

Apple Sues NY Retail Stores Over Trademark Infringement
News & Analysis

Apple Sues NY Retail Stores Over Trademark Infringement

This bit of information comes close on the heels of the unearthing of fake Apple stores, as many as five, in China alone, some days ago.