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A terrified 9-year-old boy’s story symbolizes Trump’s policy

There are many like him in New York City today thanks to President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy with respect to people crossing our borders. By the administration’s own admission, they are taking children from their parents — and likely doing those innocent children lasting psychological harm — in an effort at deterrence that is as heartless as it is cynical. Continue reading

Anthony Bourdain was the eternal compadre of overlooked Latinos
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Anthony Bourdain was the eternal compadre of overlooked Latinos

That I got the news from him sums up Bourdain’s appeal and ultimate legacy. Bourdain was the foul-mouthed Jeremiah of the food world, someone who savaged its pretensions and hypocrisies and created a persona now copied by Eddie Huang, Action Bronson and too many other celebrity chefs. But Bourdain transcended the culinary bubble in ways no one else has. People like my cousin never gave a lick about foodie culture; still, they revered Bourdain. Continue reading

Hustling in Flushing: A Chinese Immigrant Couple Struggles to Decode Life in Queens
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Hustling in Flushing: A Chinese Immigrant Couple Struggles to Decode Life in Queens

Hilgers tells the story of a Chinese immigrant couple through dual narratives of departure and arrival. In the first, Zhuang Liehong, a 30-year-old fisherman’s son and tea shop owner, and his wife, Little Yan, come to Flushing, Queens, in 2014. The second, related largely in flashbacks, recounts Zhuang’s campaign to expose illegal government land sales in his native village of Wukan on the coast of southern China, an effort that spawned demonstrations and drew international news media attention. Continue reading

Coming to America
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Coming to America

Mr. Tisch, the co-chairman of the board of the Loews Corporation, decided to ask celebrities and acquaintances to recount immigration stories after researching his own family history in preparation for a speech at a swearing-in ceremony of new citizens. (He contributed an essay to the book, as did Ms. Skafidas). Continue reading