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Chicken Tikka Masala

My first chicken tikka masala, ever

Maria Aguirre April 4, 2020

I want to begin this piece with a confession: whenever someone asked me if I had tried Indian food, I was ashamed of answering with a big no. When one of my classmates found out about it, he instantly...

Semana Santa celebration.

Semana Santa: The sacred holiday of a devoted Spaniard

Beatriz Guerrero April 3, 2020

Growing up, my heritage has always been a bit hard to explain. I was born in Madrid, Spain like my mother, but was raised in Levittown, Puerto Rico, like my father. To my parents, our heritage was always...

A bouquet of flowers.

[Podcast] Abroad in America: Women’s History Month

Suhra Nahib March 26, 2020

Happy Women's History Month! Welcome back to Abroad in America. This month, we want to dedicate this podcast episode to all the women we love out there because it is Women's History Month. We...

A green hat and green accessories.

Why Chinese people don’t wear green hats on St. Patrick’s Day

Yushu Tian March 9, 2020

In Boston, everything turns green on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. People drink green beer, green milkshakes and wear green clothes too.  This means that many people will celebrate the day by...

White Day

White Day in Asia – the gift that keeps on giving, literally

Mihiro Shimano February 25, 2020

With Valentine’s Day just passed, in the West, many women are still enjoying the chocolates and gifts they were given on the occasion . But in Japan and some other Asian countries, where the norm is...


Valentine’s Day with a Valentine thousands of miles away

Maria Aguirre February 6, 2020

I have never been a big fan of Valentine's Day. It's not quite an important holiday in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I come from. But spending the day all by myself this year while America celebrates...

Different ways to say Happy Lunar New Year.

Say ‘Happy Lunar New Year’ for a more inclusive holiday greeting

Jin Kim January 27, 2020

Welcome to the Year of the Rat!  Chinese New Year is considerably the most important holiday in China. The celebration date differs every year because it is observed based on the Lunar calendar....

Lights during Chinese New Year.

[Video] Celebrating Chinese New Year away from home

Shiyun Li, Yushu Tian January 25, 2020

If you've been to Chinatown recently, you might have noticed a variety of bright red and gold decorations adorning the streets. That is because tomorrow, Feb. 25, is Chinese New Year, one of several...

Snacks for homesickeness.

A food recipe to relieve homesickness abroad

Maria Aguirre October 28, 2019

“Leaving home and coming to a new city is not an easy task.” People told me this before going abroad but I couldn't agree enough until now. For a girl coming from Guayaquil, Ecuador like me,...

Lanterns during Halloween.

How Halloween is celebrated around the globe

Maria Aguirre October 27, 2019

"What Star Wars character are you going to be this year?" a student asks his study partner at the library.  "Really, Boba Fett again?"  These are very common conversations happening at schools...

Diwali celebration.

Celebrating the festival of lights in Boston

Avantika Panda October 27, 2019

The blinding lights decorated along the streets, the chaos outside from Bollywood music and fire-crackers and the constant visits from friends and family to your home with sweets and gifts. If these...

[Video] Asian restaurants in Boston you should check out

[Video] Asian restaurants in Boston you should check out

September 10, 2019

Are you tired of American fast food and microwaved meals? Don't have the motivation to cook for yourself? Miss the taste of comfort food from home? These are all the feelings that us international students...

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