Jackson Heights is the epicenter of South Asian culture in New York. Along the blocks near the 74th Street- Roosevelt subway station, South Asians shop for the same clothes and music, and eat at the same restaurants.
New York's Indian-American and Pakistani- American communities have more than doubled since 1990. More than 200,000 Indian-Americans and 30,000 Pakistani-Americans now live in New York City, according to the 2000 U.S. Census. The population of immigrants coming from Bangladesh, which gained independence from Pakistan in a nine-month war in 1971, is growing at an even more rapid rate.
South Asians overcoming division in Queens
Despite differences in their heritage and native languages, one place that all the teens flock together is the Eagle Theater in Jackson Heights, which features Hindi-language Bollywood movies with English subtitles.
"You go to a movie theater and there's people from all cultures in there," Belani said. "If anything, Bollywood's most important for bringing everybody together."
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