How the son of Pakistani immigrants became the voice of the women’s Final Four
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How the son of Pakistani immigrants became the voice of the women’s Final Four

It looks as if immigration, that ceaseless churn on a tireless planet, has hit another of its patented half-court shots. How on the turbulent Earth did the fourth son of immigrants from a giant country long discouraging toward female athleticism end up as the exhilarated play-by-play voice of the very American women’s Final Four? Continue reading

What Happens After You Become the ‘Most Famous Undocumented Immigrant in America’
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What Happens After You Become the ‘Most Famous Undocumented Immigrant in America’

Though Vargas was living in the Bay Area with fake residency documents, his mission was to acquire a citizen’s cultural fluency. Movies in particular made visible the immensity and diversity of America; they also taught him a key lesson on how the experiences and renderings of a single place can differ, depending on who’s telling the story. After watching four distinct films set in New York City, Vargas marvels, “How can Martin Scorsese’s New York City be the same as Woody Allen’s New York City, which is not the same thing as Spike Lee’s New York City and Mike Nichols’s New York City?” Continue reading