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Who's afraid of Donald Trump?

One of the strongest themes in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's address in Cleveland last night was this: Be afraid.<p>"Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation," he said in his opening lines. "The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our …

Donald Trump

These young musicians are hoping the US government likes their 'exceptional abilities'

I first saw the band Night Lights in late 2014. I had taken my daughter to a concert at a small venue in Boston. Night Lights were the opening act, playing songs like "Hit the Water" off their first EP.<p>I loved their sound right away. I thought it had a nice mix of dreamy techno and harder-edge …

U.S. Government

Mainstream comic? Hari Kondabolu is changing the definition.

From now on, if anyone is searching for mainstream American comedians on Google, Hari Kondabolu wants his name, his face and his new stand-up album “Mainstream American Comic” to dominate the search results.<p>“All three words are things I’ve had to fight for,” says Kondabolu.<p>He may not be a household …

World

Victor Kruglov tells his Russian clients to succeed in Hollywood, there's one key — lose the accent

Everyone in Hollywood knows if you need a Russian actor, you call Victor Kruglov.<p>“When I started, there was barely any Russian people in town,” Kruglov says. “I just opened an agency. It was always a dream of my childhood to be in Hollywood.”<p>That was back in 1987, four years before the end of the …

Entertainment

In Cleveland, here's where you can find people who are welcoming to immigrants

Cleveland is the very buckle of the American rust belt. It's a city that’s been in economic decline for decades, so some Clevelanders are looking at a growth strategy: Attract more immigrants.<p>In the first half of the 20th century, Cleveland was celebrated as a self-confident and growing city, an …

Cleveland

Trump crowd was wild for anti-undocumented rhetoric on the first night of the RNC

In retrospect, the first night of the Republican National Convention felt like a litany of the terrors of illegal immigration and radical Islamism.<p>Those two topics, plus regular bashing of Hillary Clinton, were met with roars and ovations from the mostly white crowd at Cleveland's Quicken Loans …

World

The workers who pick your summer berries are asking you not to buy them

Go into any grocery store this time of year and you’re sure to find an abundance of neatly packed cartons of blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. For many it’s a hallmark of summer.<p>Beneath the sweetness of these berries, though, lies a bitter labor dispute that has been roiling for years at …

World

Meet the young chefs behind these healthy, globally inspired lunch recipes

Need some creative cooking inspiration, or a few new healthy lunch recipes?<p>Some talented elementary school kids have you covered.<p>That's thanks to a nationwide recipe challenge for US students that promoted cooking and healthy eating. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, part of First Lady Michelle …

Recipes

This Liberian American renounced his US citizenship and then headed 'home'

Mercy Krua and her son Jefferson are having a disagreement. It’s about whether he should move back home.<p>We’re sitting on her living room couch in Boston, where she’s eager to show off his childhood photos. This one’s from graduation, another one’s from the refugee camps in Ghana. She’s reminded of …

Liberia

He loved walking in Kingston, Jamaica. But in the US, it put him in danger.

Garnette Cadogan loves walking. Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, walking was his preferred method of getting from one place to another.<p>“I would stay away from home as much as possible,” he explains. “My friend’s homes were a lot more happy and comfortable than my own, thanks to a misanthropic …

Jamaica

Why it matters that the Bahamas issued a travel advisory for the US

When traveling to the US from a different country, interactions with the police may be dangerous for black men.<p>Jerome Sawyer attended St. Augustine's College in North Carolina, where he says he experienced racism, and still does as a Bahamian journalist traveling around the world.<p>"I can very much …

Travel

How Barack Obama convinced many African immigrants that their vote matters

At first, Lucie Hutchins didn't want to lose her Cameroonian passport.<p>She moved to Maine in 1998 because her daughter needed a life-saving heart surgery and ended up staying. She got married and began her career as a software engineer. At that time, from 1980 to 2009, the population of people in …

Elections

Letters are a lifeline for people in immigration detention. Here's a project that brings those words to life

A migrant woman stands dressed in a navy blue sweatshirt adorned with big white letters that reads “detention center” across her back. Her face is unseen but images of a deportation order, restless children, and a plane destined for the Czech Republic allude to the her fate.<p>The woman is "Ms. …

Immigration

A script for talking to your family about racism and police shootings

While thousands of Black Lives Matter supporters took to the streets Thursday night, a group of first and second generation Asian Americans worked on a strategy to take the movement into their families’ homes.<p>The result was an open-sourced letter, written on Google docs by over 100 contributors, …

Racism

For many immigrants, shootings in the US bring back tough memories

Julia Nekessa Opoti's radio show, called "Reflections of New Minnesotans," focuses on stories of immigrants.<p>In Minnesota, where she is based, there is a large Somali community as well as sizable populations of Hmong, Cambodians and Vietnamese.<p>Opoti says in the wake of the shootings in Louisiana, …

Police Shootings

Why Massachusetts is rethinking its strict English immersion law for schools

How to best teach children who do not speak English as a first language has long been a debate in Massachusetts, especially since a ballot measure known as Question 2 curtailed bilingual education in the state in 2002.<p>The law mandated that public school teachers should not speak any language other …

Immersion

How artists in San Francisco are keeping the questionable police killing of a young Latino alive

When Alex Nieto, 28 and Mexican American, was shot and killed in March 2014 by San Francisco police officers, his death set off questions about racial profiling and gentrification.<p>Lawsuits and protests have followed. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s Latino community has sought to heal through art and …

San Francisco Bay Area

These asylum-seekers are being forced to raise their kids in immigration 'jails'

When Maria was detained by immigration officers, she was relieved that at least her children would stay safe with her sister in Atlanta after they deported her.<p>Two months later, on January 2, that small comfort was gone. She stood on her sister’s doorstep at 5 a.m. with armed immigration agents who …

Migration

Balalaikas and banyas: An average summer at Russian language camp

Lots of kids are terrified their first time at sleepaway camp. I was no exception.<p>I was homesick to the point of moving into the bed of a girl I’d just met, and my emotional journal entries led me to believe my relentless crying kept my whole cabin up at night. It was not my finest moment.<p>My …

Russia

Odds against him, here's how this New York City student made it to college

Darwin Cuya never thought that he would make it. It didn’t seem possible.<p>He was wheeling his landlord to a dialysis clinic in lieu of rent and depending on his brother for food, all without his parents around to support him. And he was going to school.<p>But at ELLIS, the mission is to help students …

New York City

The US has come a long way since its first, highly restrictive naturalization law

For much of US history, citizenship eluded many Americans. And while many still seek citizenship, the number of new citizens is impressive.<p>More than 7,000 people will become American citizens before the end of this Fourth of July weekend. Like the cook outs, the parades and the fireworks, it’s …

Law

For the grill: Jerk chicken, a Jamaican staple that has traveled the world

This Fourth of July, you're probably thinking about celebrating the US with a little BBQ. But not all BBQ is just red, white and blue.<p>Take jerk. Jerk is Jamaica to the bone. Aromatic and smoky, sweet but insistently hot.<p>For chef George Whitehead Jr., it’s both tradition and a space to innovate.<p>The …

Food

There's a Tibetan dialect called 'Mustang,' and it's staying alive in the US

Stepping off the train in Jackson Heights, Queens, on a recent Sunday, I discovered two groups doing sonic battle in a courtyard ringed with shops: a Tibetan religious service led by crimson-robed monks versus a "Bangladeshi Americans for Bernie Sanders" rally. Later I looked up the name of the …

Dialects

She'll get US citizenship 60 years after being adopted, but thousands more must still wait

In January, after 13 months in limbo, Ella Purkiss, was finally granted survivor benefits from her deceased husband. She says if it had taken even one month longer she would have been evicted from her trailer home in Pahrump, Nevada.<p>Next Friday, after 60 years of living in the US, she will finally …

World

My dad had Alzheimer’s but cultural stigma 'prevented me from taking him to the doctor'

We all react differently when a loved one gets ill. But what happens when treating a disease is complicated by cultural stigma? Ray Kwong dealt with this recently when he lost his dad to Alzheimer’s disease at age 92.<p>"The cultural baggage, the bias, the stigma or the fear of the stigma prevented me …

World

Refugee kids in California say discrimination at school is getting worse

Amira Matti, 11, remembers the day her little brother was almost kidnapped near their home in Guatemala City. “My little brother comes running to us and he says, ‘Someone tried to get me,’” she said. “It looked like he’d seen a ghost.” A passing driver had rescued him from the kidnappers.<p>So Amira's …

Kids
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With earthquake recovery back home stalled, Nepalis push for renewed protections in the US

When Nepal was hit by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015, Rajesh Shrestha happened to be outside, walking with his sister. His leg was hurt by rubble from a collapsing wall, but he survived. His mother was still at home, just across the street.<p>She was crushed when the roof of …

Earthquakes