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Written by on May 29, 2014

They Clean Your House

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Written by on May 16, 2014

Driving Home In Their New Home, Chicago

Guest Post by Jennifer Tranmer Starting over in a new country brings many changes. One is learning to drive. It’s the endless cycle of learning for new arrivals. Shabbir un Nissa sits calmly in the driver’s seat, hands holding the steering wheel at nine and three, just like she’s been instructed. Najma Haq tells her […]

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Written by on March 18, 2014

How Poor We Are – Chicago and the Suburbs

More than ever the idea of poverty as a strictly Chicago story is out of date. In the last decade, poverty surged in the Chicago suburbs so that the suburbs now account for at least half of the poor in the Chicago area. What happened? In 1990, one third of the region’s poor lived in […]

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Written by on September 5, 2013

#HackforChange

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Guest Post by: By: Jennifer Wolan, Community Media Workshop New Media intern When I told my mom that I went to a hackathon, her immediate response was, “Hack? Hackers? Aren’t those bad people?” I chuckled at her reply; no, Mom, these are good hackers. To put it plainly, MigraHack’s hackathon hosted at Pilsen’s Cibola at 1647 S. Blue […]

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Written by on June 5, 2013

What We Carry Always

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We were talking about what life was life back then, back home, during terrible times. Myself. Some Bosnians. A man whose parents survived the holocaust.  Almost as if it happened yesterday, one of the Bosnians talked about being a teenager and running from the snipers. And that struck me. How much we carry memories that […]

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Written by on December 20, 2012

Making Teriyaki Sauce for Thanksgiving Eve

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Of course, Thanksgiving (Eve or otherwise) is not really about the food. As I told the children in my most recent presentation on Asian harvest festivals, it really is about the people—all the family and friends we call home. And in this, all of our different cultures really are more alike than not.

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Written by on November 22, 2012

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