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A person watches Netflix.

Netflix by the numbers: Who’s watching what in which country

Pavithra Rajesh June 24, 2020

If you ask someone what they’re doing to pass the time during the coronavirus pandemic, chances are they will say they are watching something on Netflix. Who would’ve thought that this postal movie...

Daily wage workers get supplies.

India’s daily wage workers cope with pandemic through public support

Sharmila Kuthunur May 27, 2020

India’s immediate enforcement of a nationwide lockdown since March 24 has left vulnerable communities in the country scrambling to sustain their livelihoods. Among those are India’s “daily wagers”...

A student walks through a library.

Starting a new school year in the middle of a pandemic

Mihiro Shimano May 24, 2020

As U.S. universities struggle to decide whether to start their fall semester online or in person, Japanese universities have already started their instructions online for the first semester of the year. The...

The line in the airport.

Chinese international students: Struggles to get home in a pandemic

Xiaoxi Ma May 15, 2020

The coronavirus epidemic sent thousands of Chinese students abroad scrambling to get home in March. Instead of a month spent attending classes, studying in the library and preparing for exams, they had...

Terror Attacks - Domestic or International?

Terror attacks in the US: International vs. Domestic

Szu Yu Chen May 4, 2020

The conversation about US terrorism centers mostly on attacks by foreign groups, specifically Al-Qaeda. But data shows that between 2011 and 2019, the U.S. saw a surge in terrorism tied to domestic white...

Trees in Wuhan.

Reopening Wuhan: Life after 76 days of lockdown

Yushu Tian May 2, 2020

After 76 days of lockdown, the city of Wuhan reopened on April 8. The Chinese government announced that there had been no new cases in the six days leading up to April 28. The city, which used to be...

The group of girls in Brazil.

Brazil’s young female entrepreneurs step up to create jobs

Luiza Loyo April 30, 2020

Brazil has a high rate of unemployment and few job opportunities. But a new generation of young, female entrepreneurs and artists in the country are taking their future into their own hands by creating...

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....

The India Gate without pollution.

The positive effect of a global lockdown on nature

Sharmila Kuthunur April 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt brought about tremendous human sufferings around the world. Hospitals are overloaded with patients while the global economy is shrinking. But we have also seen pollution...

A quarantine stamp in India.

India: Coronavirus strengthens state surveillance; I saw it firsthand

Pavithra Rajesh April 17, 2020

Let me start out by saying that I’m not naïve. I’m painfully aware of how dangerous our circumstances are right now, and especially when dealing with a disease as contagious and as deadly as COVID-19,...

A Vietnamese meal.

[Podcast] Abroad in America: Stay or leave? Plus quarantine life in Vietnam

Suhra Nahib April 13, 2020

Welcome back to Abroad in America. This week podcast’s contributor is editor Ha Ta who wrote an article about the difficult decision many international students have to make of whether to stay or leave...

A quarantine location in Vietnam.

Vietnamese students abroad find refuge at home amid coronavirus outbreak

Ha Ta April 4, 2020

As universities around the world move classes online and send out advisories for students to leave campuses, international students are faced with the tough decision of whether to stay in their host...

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