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East Eats West: The Mismatched Becomes the Chic

New America Media, America.gov, Commentary, Andrew Lam, May 16, 2009

West has changed the East but East is now changing West as well in ways neither could imagine. Traditions exist side by side from kogi tacos to lemongrass martinis or Kung Fu Panda.

Susan Boyle

Who's the Ugliest One of All?

New America Media, Commentary, Paul Kleyman, May 05, 2009

Susan Boyle's got talent. But the ugliness seems to live on, not in the self-effacing Boyle, but in ageist, and certainly sexist, disdain so strangely and publicly directed at her by comedians, critics and the media.

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If Pigs Could Fly: Traveling in the Time of Swine Flu

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, May 04, 2009

One day before the Maoist-led coalition government fell in Nepal, the front page photo in The Himalayan Times, the leading English daily, was of three men wearing white masks. Nepal wasnt sure if its fledgling democratic process was going to implode, but it was determined to keep swine flu out.


More Foreclosures Could Mean More Illegal Dumping

New America Media, News Report, Photos & Text: Ngoc Nguyen, Apr 21, 2009

More foreclosures means more empty lots and more people needing to get rid of furniture and other personal belongings. Neighborhood activists worry it's translating into a rise in illegal dumping.

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Anatomy of a Silicon Valley Layoff

New America Media, News feature, Video, Raj Jayadev//Video: Angel Luna, Apr 15, 2009

In February, Spansion shed 3,000 employees globally, more than a third of its workforce in a self-described restructuring period. At 48, Doris Rodriguez, a mother of five and a grandmother of four, is one of them.


Cultural Misfits and the Language of the Gun

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Apr 08, 2009

It's hard to find a cultural explanation as to why Cho Sung-hui, the Virginia Tech shooter, or Jiverly Linh Phat Wong, the Binghamton killer, did what they did. But both immigrants chose to empower themselves, if only for a brief while, with the language of guns, writes NAM editor Andrew Lam.

Hmong in Alaska

New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Apr 06, 2009

As unemployment rises in Californias Central Valley, some Hmong are forced to choose between staying with their clan and leaving to find work. Oklahoma, Tennessee, even Alaska are new destination points. Traduccin al espaol

The Dark Twin of Our American Dream

New America Media, Commentary, Sandip Roy, Apr 01, 2009

Last Sunday, in a quiet suburb in Northern California, an Indian-American father killed five family members before turning the gun on himself. The tragedy may reflect a problem more widespread than most Indian Americans would like to admit, writes the commentator.

Tarp Nation

New America Media, News Feature, Scott Bransford, Photos: Max Whittaker, Mar 29, 2009

From Fresno, Calif., to the struggling casino district of Reno, Nev., and the upscale suburbs of Washington state, tent cities and shantytowns with names like Taco Flat have sprung up to house the poor and dispossessed.

Americans in Mexico

Finding the American Dream - In Mexico

New America Media, News feature, Louis E.V. Nevaer, Mar 17, 2009

At some point last fall, the one millionth American established residency here in Mexico. That makes Mexico the host nation for the largest American expatriate community in the world. There are now more Americans living in Mexico than there are in the U.K. or Canada.

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