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QPL Honors Immigrant Heritage

Queens residents come from nearly 200 countries and speak nearly 200 languages. We are every color, faith, and sexual orientation and come from every belief system and cultural background. We live, work, and quarantine together in neighborhoods as diverse as we are. In April, as we honor immigrant heritage, we bring the spotlight to our wonderful communities. This is Queens. This is Queens Public Library.

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Join us for programs honoring cultural contributions from around the world.

Literary Thursdays: Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood with Mark A. Torres

Thursday, April 1, 4pm 

During World War II through its heyday in the 1960s, but declining near the end of the century, thousands of migrant workers were lured to Long Island with promises of good wages and decent housing. Instead, they found substandard migrant camps and a cycle of debt and despair.  Author and labor attorney Mark Torres will discuss his book Long Island Migrant Labor Camps: Dust for Blood, the plight of these migrant farm workers, and the people who fought to improve their lot. Attend here: https://queenslib.org/3rdY3Ay or by phone 408-418-9388, Event number: 129 409 8953, Event password: 0401

Beat the Blues Concerts Presents Songs of Mexico

Monday, April 5, 7pm 

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company celebrates the rich musical traditions of Mexico’s diverse cultural history, exploring songs and music ranging from indigenous and mestizo rhythms to the rich, vibrant fusion of Spanish, African, and Caribbean rhythms. Watch on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

Seasons and Music in Japan by WaFoo

Thursday, April 8, 2pm 

Japanese fusion band WaFoo will feature their original compositions created by blending Japanese elements into a variety of music styles.  The concert will also feature two Japanese traditional instruments, Koto and Shinobue. Please join here: https://queenslib.org/39raa7h

Appreciation of Chinese Pop Songs in the Last Century by Professor Jingbo You (in Chinese)

Thursday, April 8, 8pm

This program is on the influence of Shanghai pop songs in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Modern Chinese pop songs originated in Shanghai in the beginning of the 20th century. After the glory eras of the 1930s and 1940s, the Chinese pop song started its development in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The audience will listen to the songs: "Farewell," "Drizzle," "Nightlife in Shanghai," "When Will You Come Again," "Fragrance of the Night," "Lover’s Tears," and so on. This program will be in Chinese. Attend here: https://queenslib.org/3mci9dQ or by phone 408-418-9388, Meeting number: 129 612 1529 Password: 0408

Story & Activity in Chinese and English

Friday, April 9, 3:30pm 

For children 0-5: Enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs, plus an enriching activity, in Chinese and English with Janice, early learning assistant at Flushing Library. Join here: https://queenslib.org/31bKmro

When Art Speaks...Argentine Tango Performance featuring the Pedro Giraudo Quartet

Wednesday, April 14, 2pm 

Latin Grammy winner Pedro Giraudo is one of NYC’s foremost Argentine tango musicians and his Tango Orchestra interprets tangos ranging from the great traditional, classic tangos to more modern tangos and original compositions. Experience the beauty and emotion of tango dance and its music. Watch live on our Facebook page, https:// www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.

Literary Thursdays: Nuestra América with Claudio Lomnitz

Thursday, April 15, 4pm 

Anthropologist and founding director of Columbia University's Center for Mexican Studies Claudio Lomnitz takes readers on voyages across Romania, Peru, Colombia, Israel, California, Mexico, Chile, and beyond to uncover his family’s past in Nuestra América: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation. With stories of Jews like them, who fled Europe to South America, Lomnitz reflects on world events and the search for security and community and the human capacity to persevere. Attend here: https://queenslib.org/3vPUMee or by phone 408-418-9388, Event number: 129 094 1359, Event password: 0415 

Story Songs from Haiti and the African Diaspora

Thursday, April 15, 6pm

French-Haitian musician Anaïs Maviel performs traditional songs with voice and n'goni, a West African string instrument, and shares stories from Haiti and the African Diaspora. Even from opposite sides of the computer, you are invited to partake in improvisatory, call and response style singing. This is part of QPL's celebration of immigrant heritage. Watch on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.

The Impact of Cantonese Pop Songs by Professor Jingbo You (In Chinese)

Thursday, April 15, 8pm

In the 1970s, Cantonese pop songs in Hong Kong rose to gradually become the mainstream of the Chinese songs around the world. The audience will listen to the songs "The Ghost Horse Double-Star," "Shanghai Bund," "The Great Walls Never Fall,"" What to Ask for in Life," and so on. This program will be in Chinese and is part of QPL's celebration of immigrant heritage. Attend here: https://queenslib.org/3sVRg0j or join by phone 408-418-9388 Meeting number: 129 038 4100 Password: 0415

ActionNYC Information Session 

Friday, April 16, 4pm 

ActionNYC is a program that provides legal services for the public.  Please join us for an information session where you will meet Immigrant Justice Corps fellows and their supervising attorney to learn about the services they offer.  After the session, there will be time for questions and answers. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3si8qoe or by phone 408-418-9388, Meeting number (access code): 129 080 8406, Meeting password: Friday

Far East Deep South Film Screening and Discussion

Friday, April 16, 6pm

Far East Deep South follows a Chinese-American family’s search for their roots in the Mississippi Delta, where they stumble upon surprising family revelations and uncover the racially complex history of Chinese immigrants in the segregated South. Please join us for a free screening of this award-winning documentary feature film and discussion with the production team, in partnership with the Chinese American Librarians Association. Please register at napref@queenslibrary.org.

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage with Dominican Singer Jhonfer Luis

Saturday, April 17, 3pm 

Celebrate immigrant heritage with the musical performance of Jhonfer Luis, Dominican artist based in the United States. During the performance, Jhonfer Luis sings different genres (bachata, merengue, bolero) to offer variety and entertainment. His bachata "El Permiso" was number one in the Dominican Republic in 2018. Watch on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

Immigration Law: Know Your Rights (in Nepali)

Saturdays, April 17 and April 24, 4:30pm

In these workshops, you will learn more about the recent updates of US immigration law mainly Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and more. And, you will also be able to participate at the question and answer session. Watch on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

Beat the Blues Concerts Presents Music of the Caribbean

Monday, April 19, 7pm

The Inner Roots Band formerly Ryddim Kings brings pure fire to the stage with their unique style of reggae music where old school meets new school. Experience the journey of roots and culture, lover’s rock, dance hall and vintage classics, and more rooted in Jamaica yet spanning the world. They’ve backed stellar Jamaican performers from Shabba Ranks to Sean Paul and then some. Watch live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.

Korean Traditional Performance by KTMDC

Tuesday, April 20, 6pm 

Join us for Korean music featuring:  Samulnori (Korean four percussion ensemble); Hwa-sun Mu (traditional flower-painted fan dance);  Jindo Drum Dance (drum dance originating in Jindo Island in Korea);  Han-ryang Mu (Korean noble man’s dance); Janggo Chum (hourglass shaped drum dance); Heartbeat for the world peace (Korean grand drumming ensemble). This program is part of QPL's celebration of immigrant heritage. Watch on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.

Vasant Leela: Indian Kathak Dances for Spring by The Kathak Ensemble

Thursday, April 22, 2pm 

Spring is the season for joy and color. The Kathak Ensemble celebrates with dances depicting Holi, the game of colors, and DANDIYA RAAS, with swirling skirts and clicking sticks. Please join here: https://queenslib.org/2QL4FKd

Literary Thursdays: Interior Chinatown with Charles Yu

Thursday, April 22, 4pm 

Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction and longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, will discuss his book.  Protagonist Willis Wu is an extra in a TV show and dreams of being more.  Join us as we explore the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration. Attend here: https://queenslib.org/3cUSu53 or by phone 408-418-9388, Event number: 129 551 5233, Event password: 0422

Appreciation of Chinese Pop Songs - The Rise of Pop Songs in Taiwan by Jingbo You (In Chinese)

Thursday, April 22, 8pm

This session will cover the stories of pop songs in Taiwan from the 1970s to the 2000s, which included the Li-Chun Teresa Teng era, the movement of folk songs, and the development of Taiwan pop songs toward commercialization. The audience will listen to the songs: "The Moon Represents My Heart," "Grandma's Penghu Bay," "Wine Bottles for Sale," "Tomorrow Will be Better," "Thousands of Miles Away," and more. This program will be in Chinese. Join here: https://queenslib.org/3mHIJvA

Stories, Songs, Traditional Dance, and K-POP 

Friday, April 23, 6pm 

Come and celebrate immigrant heritage with stories, songs from different lands, traditional dance, and K-POP.  This bilingual program is in Korean and English and the entire family is welcome.
Performers: K-POP dancers/ traditional Korean dancers/ Soh Young Lee-Segredo
Watch on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

Beat the Blues Concerts Presents Waakaw

Monday, April 26, 7pm 

Waakaw is described as Afro jazz, Afro pop, Afro smooth jazz, and world music, but the most accurate is Afro fusion, a mix of basic African and harmony. Led by Senegalese multi-instrumentalist and founder Abdou Mboup, Waakaw’s musicians perform both traditional African and jazz music. Their original compositions serve as a bridge between African and American music, sharing harmony and cultures of diverse audiences. Watch on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC.  

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage with the Pan African Percussion/Vocals of Akoko Nante Ensemble 

Tuesday, April 27, 6pm 

Akoko Nante Ensemble is a Pan African percussion/vocal group based in Queens, NY. The ensemble presents music that has been harvested from the continent of Africa and throughout its diaspora. Akoko Nante's mission is to display the beauty and diversity of Africa through its music. Akoko Nante Ensemble weaves together the musical threads of many nations to compose sonic tapestries. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Pomonok Library with funds given by former Council Member Rory Lancman. This is part of QPL's celebration of immigrant heritage. Watch on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/QPLNYC

Cut-Paper Artists and Cut-Paper Craft: Whirling Globe

Wednesday, April 28, 3:30pm

Please join Ms. Tsai, children's librarian at Flushing, to learn about immigrant artists who work in paper and to create a whirling globe craft for ages 6-10.
Materials Need: 1 A4 paper, scissors, glue, ruler, and 1 long stick.
Attend here: https://queenslib.org/3snYc5Z