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Cross-Cultural Menu Ideas For A Code Switch Thanksgiving

NPR | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 11.24.2015 | Black Voices

It's time to stop dancing around the issue. Thanksgiving food is trash. Sitting down to a standard Thanksgiving meal means negotiating between dry an...

Southeast Asian Film Festival: November 20-22

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.18.2015 | San Francisco
Khanh Ho

In the past decade, we have seen a renaissance of artistic production by Southeast Asians that addresses our condition outside of the confines of mass-market big-ticket rat-a-tat-tat film.

To the Latinos Who Can't Speak Spanish

John Paul Brammer | Posted 09.17.2015 | Latino Voices
John Paul Brammer

That's how it is for a lot of Latinos in the United States. Even if we were raised in the culture, even if we are first-generation or second-generation, we don't speak Spanish. And it leaves some of us feeling like we aren't "Latino enough." I grew up with that feeling.

Thinking Beyond the "Now" of the Refugee Crisis

Khanh Ho | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Khanh Ho

The biggest news of the world--bigger than the US Open, bigger than the treaty with Iran, bigger than the economic melt-down ongoing in China--is this: the refugee crisis. If you haven't been watching it, if you haven't been reading about it, you most probably are spending your time twiddling your fingers in a cave.

"Ornate Activate," the Crossroad of Art and Identity

Omid Memarian | Posted 08.05.2015 | Arts
Omid Memarian

Chilling and exhilarating, "Ornate Activate" -- the exhibition by the South Asian Women's Creative Collective, at Manhattan's Shirin Gallery -- featured 21 art works by female artists from Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.

The Effects Of Israel's Wars On Diaspora Jews

Forward | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion

Members of Israeli security forces stand during clashes with Palestinian protesters on July 24, 2015. The Israeli cabinet held a special session June...

Connecting Globally, While Thriving in Minneapolis: People From Around the World Convene to Spark Global Impact

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Joshua W. Walker

Citizen diplomats, municipal leaders and business innovators from around the world just finished a monumental convening of Sister Cities International's 59th annual conference.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Bánh Mì: The Rise Of The Vietnamese Sandwich

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.14.2015 | Taste
Andrew Lam

At once spicy, salty, sour, savory, sweet, and aromatic: a bite into a well stacked bánh mì is always a moment of rapture.

Bosnia to US, From Refugees to Great Americans

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Early July still brings a bittersweet week for Bosnian-Americans. They are reminded by the Srebrenica genocide commemoration why so many had to flee Bosnia and Herzegovina and why they/we are so fortunate to have been welcomed in America.

Not a Fact, Hope or Dream

Amira Sakalla | Posted 07.01.2015 | College
Amira Sakalla

Why is it that "temporarily" has come to feel like "permanently"? Why is it that our identity was once a fact, but has quickly come to feel like only a hope, and a dream?

Alexander Howard

This Social Network You've Never Heard Of Has Nearly 1 Million Users, Its CEO Says | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology

A new social network that uses a points-based system to encourage people to interact with content is closing in on 1 million registered users since it...

Discrete, Wise, and Filled With Spirit: A Diaspora Judaism of Robust Hope

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Here's the serious lesson I learned from my time in Upstate New York: We Jews are a strange and exotic creature. We are odd, we are unusual, we are slightly magical, and we are wonderful.

Finding Spirituality in the Diaspora

Blair Schulman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Blair Schulman

Tanya Hartman is a storyteller. Her work, in all its varying disciplines (painting, crafting, mixed media) covers a large swath of ground, ensuring all the details of her tales are taken into account. So That I May Carry You With Me is an exquisitely detailed pastiche at the Daum Museum in Sedalia, Missouri.

Speech: 40th Year Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Andrew Lam

This is a speech I gave last year at a high school where students raised funds to help flood victims in central Vietnam. As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War is coming up this April 30, 2015, I am posting it to commemorate the date. It will also mark my 40th year in America, having fled Vietnam as a child two days before the war ended.

Guilt As Destiny

John Feffer | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

Less attention has been paid to the émigrés who worked on behalf of peace and reconciliation in former Yugoslavia. These activists supported peace organizations in the region, helped to spread the word of human rights violations, and worked in large numbers for international organizations, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague.

Bound: Africans vs. African-Americans Is the Must See Film of 2015

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

In this documentary, Owino and Washington had 14 people brave enough to sit in the room with each other and talk candidly about their cultural and internal racial differences. "That is a great start... but we need more," Owino admits.

Review Of "The Girl from Human Street" By Roger Cohen

Michael Roth | Posted 03.21.2015 | College
Michael Roth

A man who has assimilated very well, Cohen knows the pleasures and also the loneliness of diaspora. In writing his stirring memoir, in constructing a past with which he can live, he wrestled with demons both historical and personal.

New Book Explores Cost Of 'Jewish Particularism'

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Jews exclaim “Next Year in Jerusalem!” at the conclusion of the Passover seder, an acknowledgment that Israel is their spiritual home. But s...

Sense of (dis)Place

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

It's premature to depart from John Muir before we have more fully visited with him. We take it for granted that he saved places like Yosemite just because they were beautiful. There's more to it.

Kaya Kwento

Mikaela Reyes | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Mikaela Reyes

When my friends come to me screaming, "I have kwento!" in the most Taglish accents they can muster, I always feel a jolt of excitement run through me. I approach them, eyes wide, ears open, ready to listen to their story.

Wall Street Diaspora Seek New Families

David Drake | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
David Drake

Wall Street refugees are steadily leaving for the fresh air of startups and family firms. Unless Wall Street firms consider big change from the inside out, its best and brightest may start leaving by the boatload.

Diversity Is America's 21st Century Strength

Mathew J. Burrows | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Mathew J. Burrows

Open immigration is not the answer, but the United States should not hold up the reform of skilled-immigration programs like the H-1B and L-1 visas because of the political logjam over how to stop the flow of illegal immigration.

Gaza From the Perspective of a Proud Diaspora Jew

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Lionel Rolfe

I have been doing my best not to think too much about Gaza, not only publicly but for myself. I can no longer avoid pondering all the uncomfortable thoughts Israel's bombing of Gaza is bringing home to me. Of one thing I'm sure of -- I want to tell Netanyahu, "I told you so." Netanyahu's purpose was always designed to prevent any chance of rapprochement. What's unfolding was foretold by his actions.

Jews and the Written Word

Noah Manne | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Noah Manne

The written word has been a constant in most of Jewish history; it cannot not have had an impact on that history, of which rising from the ashes like a phoenix time and again is a signal achievement.