From the foothills of the Himalayas to the skyscrapers of the city, Dawa Sherpa carries his Buddhist principles with him wherever he goes. On Friday, the owner of the Land of Buddha boutique spoke to NYCityLens about immigrating, business, and finding inner peace in New York.
This year’s Pulitzer Prize awards focused on the ways the world has become increasingly perilous, especially for journalists.
The award for Public Service went to the South Florida Sun Sentinel for its reporting on the Parkland shooting, and the Breaking News award went to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for its coverage of the Tree of Life shooting. The staff of Reuters got the nod for international reporting, noting the contributions of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for their reporting on the murders of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar that caused the government to imprison them.
“I’m thrilled that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe
Yemeni American bodega owners and other Muslim groups in New York called for a boycott of the New York Post on Saturday, accusing it of provoking hatred against Ilhan Omar, a Democratic representative from Minnesota who is Somali American and Muslim.
“We refuse to be buyers and sellers of hate,” said Dr. Debbie Almontaser, board secretary of the Yemeni American Merchants Association, speaking on Sunday at a quickly convened press conference in front of the New York headquarters of News Corporation, which owns the New York Post. Almontaser was one of the first to call for a boycott on social media.
All of them live in legal limbo. And all of them live under the same roof.
The matriarch, Mirna Portillo, 49, a Salvadoran who entered the country illegally 19 years ago, is losing her hair because of stress. After an earthquake hit El Salvador in 2001, the United States granted temporary protected status, known as TPS, to immigrants from the country already living here. Portillo was safe, for a while. But now TPS for El Salvadorans is going to expire in nine months.
Hernán, her husband, who crossed in 1994, isn’t losing his hair from stress, but he is afraid of becoming