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The completed dish. Photo: Avantika Panda

[Recipe] Chicken Curry: A delicious Indian spice infused curry

Avantika Panda October 16, 2020

Start to finish: 30 minutesServings: 2 - 3Cuisine: IndianDifficulty level: MediumSpice level: Medium/High This recipe is a special family recipe. It is a traditional Indian curry that is cooked...

The completed dish. Photo: Desirée Vignola

[Recipe] Creamy Tortellini with Turkey: A twist to the traditional Italian pasta

Desirée Vignola September 4, 2020

Start to finish: 30 minutesServings: 4Cuisine: ItalianDifficulty level: EasySpice level: Low As an Italo-Venezuelan, I am always inventing and reinventing dishes that use ingredients from...

Fair & Lovely promotes colorism in India.

Why make the world whiter? The shadow of ‘colorism’ in India

Pavithra Rajesh August 18, 2020

Brown. That’s the word that most people use to identify my skin tone, as well as the skin tones of Indians across the world. A seemingly simple word that doesn’t cover the wide range of skin...

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[Recipe] Bolón De Verde: The beloved green plantain ball

Maria Aguirre August 14, 2020

Start to finish: 30 minutesServings: 3Cuisine: EcuadorianArea of origin: the CoastDifficulty level: MediumSpice level: None I grew up surrounded by green plantain lovers. My family, my close...

A cinema.

My first movie experience in China amid the coronavirus pandemic

Xiaoxi Ma August 11, 2020

There are signs that the coronavirus in China is on the wane, and one of them is that cinemas in low risk areas reopened in the fourth week of July, with plenty of precautions. Cinemas in China...

The completed dish. Photo: Xiaoxi Ma

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

Xiaoxi Ma August 7, 2020

Start to finish: 15 minutesServings: 3Cuisine: ChineseDifficulty level: EasySpice level: Low LuoBo Xia is the Chinese name for this dish. “LuoBo” means the green radish and “Xia” means...

[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

Start to finish: 30 minutesServings: 4Cuisine: IndianDifficulty level: EasySpice level: None In my home state of Karnataka in south India, Shavige Payasa is a sweet dish that is cooked during...

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...

People in Vietnam.

Vietnam, worried about its birth rate, pushes women to marry before 30

Ha Ta July 16, 2020

Tam Phan is 26. She had just returned to Vietnam after earning a master’s degree in English linguistics in the United Kingdom. Now working as a lecturer of English at a university in Ho Chi Minh City,...

A student studies near a laptop.

International students face extra challenges with online classes

Pavithra Rajesh July 6, 2020

Most college students across the U.S. experienced some form of virtual learning this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. International students who returned home after dorms closed faced an additional...

A bar in Rio disregards social distancing rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening Rio amid the coronavirus pandemic

Luiza Loyo June 29, 2020

Two weeks ago in Brazil, I went on my first drive after about 90 days of self-isolation. As I drove by the beach, I noticed a family of five with a little child, none of whom were wearing masks. It was...

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