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16 July 2016

A Young Liberian Refugee, Educated in America, Chooses to Move Back ‘Home’

Mercy Krua is a Liberian refugee who lives in Boston. Her son was also a Liberian refugee. But he decided to move back to Liberia and make his life there.

15 July 2016

In China, Protests Against the South China Sea Ruling Skip the Streets for Cyberspace

The Bridge

"On my way home, I tweeted: 'Police have cordoned off the Philippines embassy in Beijing in anticipation of protests. No sign of protests yet.'"

10 July 2016

She'll Get US Citizenship 60 Years After Being Adopted, But Thousands More Must Still Wait

Advocates say as many as 15,000 people who were adopted from abroad but never naturalized are waiting for legislation that would give them the chance to get documented too.

8 July 2016

One Twitter User's Frame-by-Frame Analysis of the Dallas Shooting Media Coverage

The Bridge

"Think critically about what is reported and how it's being said. More importantly, look for what's being left off the page and why."

If I Had a Gun

The Bridge

"When I think about the times I've been attacked or threatened or I've seen violence, I can't think of one instance when a gun would have improved the outcome."

6 July 2016

Puerto Ricans Won't Accept US-Imposed Austerity Without a Fight

With the federal fiscal control board imposed by the recent signing of PROMESA into law, Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets and social media to protest.

5 July 2016

A Muslim Chaplain Explains What It's Like to Be American Today

"I have traveled on behalf of the State Department. [...] I am still one of the many Muslims in this country who have been detained, profiled, and surveilled."

3 July 2016

Refugee Children in California Say Discrimination at School Is Getting Worse

In the city of San Diego, one after-school program is trying to ease feelings of alienation among young migrant students.

28 June 2016

Barbados-Born Author Austin Clarke Remembered as a ‘Pioneering Voice’

"He spoke his mind unafraid, he stirred the pot [...] He was a citizen of the world but always belonged to Barbados. He was a proud native son."

25 June 2016

A Syrian Family in the US Creates Art and Music That They Couldn't Back Home

President Obama is falling short on his pledge to accept Syrian refugees. But some Syrians already have visas and are living in the US, not as refugees, but as professors.

18 June 2016

The Savory Treat of the Dragon Boat Festival and the Aunties Who Make Them

Many Taiwanese Americans rely on “aunties” — vendors who sell bah tsang through informal networks — to get their fill.

15 June 2016

Most of the Lives Lost During the Orlando Massacre Were Puerto Ricans

Puerto Ricans mourn the loss of loved ones in one of the most popular destinations for Puerto Ricans who emigrate to the US looking for better opportunities.

China’s LGBTQ Community Tells Orlando Shooting Victims: You're Not Alone

"So many friends came and showed their love...I saw everyone cried, I saw everyone’s eyes, don’t cry my dears, let’s be strong and hold each other’s hands."

14 June 2016

Israelis React With Outpouring of Support for LGBTQ Community After Orlando Massacre

"It doesn’t matter exactly which religion made him hate us to death...It’s always the fear of those who are different, those who challenge the existing order."

‘There Are Increasingly More and More Positive, Strong and Motivating Representations of Black Women’

The author interviews American filmmaker, scholar and activist, Beti Ellerson.

A San Francisco Vigil for Orlando Shooting Victims Promises To Combat the Hate With More Love

The Bridge

'"Not in our name," they said. Each one of the speakers committed to not let this incident be used to further target Muslims in America and around the world.'

10 June 2016

Researchers Around the World Are Learning From Indigenous Communities. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing.

“The hardest thing is to sit in a room with scientists who think they’ve discovered something, but their scientific discovery just confirms what our oral histories have talked about forever.”

7 June 2016

For Many Puerto Ricans, a Proposed Fiscal Control Board Smacks of US Colonialism

"So you’re in essence creating a board [...] that will be of nonresidents of the island running the financial affairs of Puerto Rico for the next five, possibly 10 years."

29 May 2016

How a Hmong Song Tradition Is Kept Alive in the American Midwest

Kwv txhiaj has its origins in southern China and Southeast Asia, is several centuries old and is kept alive through its singers. One of them calls the US Midwest home.

22 May 2016

He'd Never Seen Jukeboxes Before Immigrating to the US. Now He's a Master at Repairing Them.

Magdi Hanna grew up in Egypt, but when he moved to the United States, he found a calling fixing the decades-old musical machines.

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