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The completed dish. Photo: Xiaoxi Ma

[Recipe] LuoBo Xia: A seafood dish from eastern China

Xiaoxi Ma August 7, 2020
LuoBo Xia is the Chinese name for this dish. “LuoBo” means the green radish and “Xia” means shrimp. It belongs to the famous Lu cuisine from China. This is a main course that often appears on the dinner table at my house.
[Recipe] Shavige Payasa: An easy-to-make south Indian dessert

[Recipe] Shavige Payasa: An easy-to-make south Indian dessert

Sharmila Kuthunur July 28, 2020
In my home state of Karnataka in south India, Shavige Payasa is a sweet dish that is cooked during festivals and birthdays. “Shavige” means vermicelli and “Payasa” is a type of pudding.
The Black Lives Matter movement in Asia.

How #BLM shifted conversations in Asia

Mihiro Shimano July 24, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement that re-emerged in the U.S., following the murder of George Floyd, spread internationally within just a few days. Scores of people began protesting outside embassies in...

Vietnamese food.

Saigon street food in Boston: Not your typical Vietnamese meals

Ha Ta July 2, 2020

There’s an online food shop in Dorchester whose recipes come straight from the streets of Saigon, and they’re not selling phở.  Owner Cathy Phan of Viet Munchies cooks in her kitchen and...

People clink beer bottles.

Muslim students talk American college drinking culture

Luiza Loyo June 22, 2020

Before coming to the US, most international students get to know the American college life by watching American T.V. shows. If there is a constant thread we learned from those shows, it is that college...

International students cook during the coronavirus pandemic.

[Video] International students adapt to life in quarantine with home cooking

Huilin Li May 24, 2020

How do you cope with being quarantined in this pandemic, sometimes by yourself, in a foreign country? Spoiler alert: You become more creative and experimental in home cooking! Huilin Li interviewed...

A church service online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Moving with the times, The Catholic Church embraces live streaming during COVID-19

Desirée Vignola May 21, 2020

Sitting on my deck in my small town in Massachusetts, I can hear birds chirping as a mother robin brings food to her baby chicks in one of my bushes -- and the voice of the priest from Baton Rouge, Louisiana,...

A delivery worker delivers food.

[Video] How a food delivery service adapts to COVID-19 demands

Huilin Li May 17, 2020

In a time when people are ordered to stay home and avoid gathering, food delivery services have seen higher demands and a fluctuating workforce as employees are taking days off to avoid being sick. Chowbus,...

Ugadi celebrations.

How an international student celebrates a family holiday away from home

Sharmila Kuthunur May 12, 2020

Every year, when the Ugadi festival—the Hindu New Year—rolls in, my family has celebrated it in the same way: my dad and brother take up the laborious task of decorating the house. Mom and I finish...

Never Have I Ever

‘Never Have I Ever’: It’s about an Indian-American girl and it’s funny. Get over it!

Pavithra Rajesh May 9, 2020

For years, minority cultures have dealt with a lack of their representation in the US media, or a negative portrayal of their history and identity. Recently, we've started to see some breakthrough in...

A mosque during Ramadan.

[Podcast] Abroad in America: How a Muslim family celebrates Ramadan during the pandemic

Suhra Nahib May 6, 2020

Ramadan is the month when Muslims across the world fast from sunrise till sundown. It’s typically a month of prayer, reflection and community where where families gather to pray at the mosques, to...

A Perreo artist.

Home is where the perreo is

Maria Aguirre April 27, 2020

Something amazing happened to reggaeton music lovers a few months ago. Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny, Latin trap and reggaeton icon, released his brand new album, "YHLQMDLG," at midnight on Feb....

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