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‘Colorful Palate’: Queens author writes memoir on mixed identity and multicultural meals
‘Colorful Palate’: Queens author writes memoir on mixed identity and multicultural meals

Jun. 14, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan

During a typical week growing up in a multicultural household, Raj Tawney would have chicken curry on a Monday, arroz con habichuelas on a Tuesday and spaghetti and meatballs on a Wednesday.

Experiences like this fill up the pages of his coming of age memoir, “Colorful Palate: A flavorful Journey Through a Mixed American Experience.” Since its release last October, the book has garnered praise from a slew of prominent authors and will be taught to hundreds of college students in Queens this fall. 

Tawney chronicles his search for his place in the world with a mixed racial identity that makes him feel like one-half of a person. His identity grapples are exacerbated by the push-and-pull relationship of his life in Queens, the Bronx and the suburbs of Long Island, where his family moved to plant roots. 

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Queens tenants file legal challenge against state agency, claiming unjust rent hikes

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