There are around 50 countries in Asia and most, if not all, are represented within the five boroughs. The diversity within NYC’s Asian community is nearly endless: immigrants from China, India, Thailand, Pakistan and elsewhere have made the City their home, bringing distinctive foods, music and styles—not to mention hundreds of languages. Korean barbecue, bubble tea, karaoke and a range of museums and festivals are just some examples of how deeply embedded Asian culture is in New York City—and how that culture is experienced by locals and visitors.
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WATCH: Celebrate Asian Culture in NYC
Here we pay tribute to the multitude of Asian cultures whose contributions have helped give the City its incomparable dynamic character.
Explore these areas that are brimming with Asian culture.
Find examples of these countries’ cultures right here in NYC.
These locals share—and define—what it means to be Asian American in the City.
The multi-hyphenate—sommelier, whiskey distiller, former publisher, motorcycle rider—talks about the community space she's cultivated in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Julia Wijesinghe opened the first Sri Lankan museum in the US at 18 years old. She tells us why it was crucial to bring her culture to Staten Island.
There’s no shortage of ways to discover Asian culture here.