Her paintings are tapestries woven of all these stories; deeply personal, collective, intimate and vast. The paintings of Ana Maria Velasco are creating universes. An interview with the artist.

THIS WEEK

 

 

 

In a literacy class for immigrant mothers, it is the teacher learning lessons of courage and love.

Compiled by someone who has been there and gets it - 8 apps to make moving abroad easier. An infographic.

Sita Chay delves into the creation and power of contemporary shamanic rituals; modern musical languages, Korean shaman rhythms, and folk mask movements all combine to ignite raw emotion and communal energy - a fight for the soul of the world.



Stories from previous weeks:

A name becomes a peace offering, a chance to reconnect with her heritage, and a personal symbol. After transitioning, Joanna offers her family an opportunity to name their daughter.

Umbrella House reveals the stories of the squatter community – most of them immigrants – that took over abandoned buildings in the Lower East Side of Manhattan reconstructed them and made them into homes. A Documentary

After leaving academia, an immigrant turns to the language of poetry. A selection of previously published work and a new poem - for her homeland.


 

WHAT WE'RE READING  

 

 

WRITING FROM AROUND THE WEB

  • For a Yemeni in N.Y., the Agony of Who’s Been Left Behind -NYTimes

  • I'm an Immigrant. When I Spend Money on Makeup, I'm Paying to Feel Safe. -Glamour

  • Immigrants' First American Christmas -NPR

  • The Harvest of Bodies -Hippocampus Magazine

  • The journey of Maria Goretti Mieites Alonso, from Galicia to a job at The Met -New Women NYS

  • Born in Ukraine and raised in Sweden and Northwest Indiana, long-lost sisters' reunion is 'the biggest Christmas gift' -Chicago Tribune

  • How A Memphis Food Hall Is Transforming Refugee Lives And The Community -WKNO

  • How immigrant food taught me to stop coddling this American palate -Long Beach Post

  • How the Son of Immigrants Quit Wall Street to Feed the Hungry -Politico

  • Plastic thank-you bags have a special history in Chinatown. It’s changing. -National Geographic

  • Fashion spells freedom for this Greater Morristown immigrant -Morristown Green

  • When Buddhism Came to America -Jstor

  • Coding program seeks to open tech career doors for immigrant girls -Buffalo News

  • The Heroes of America's Startup Economy Weren't Born in America -Inc

  • Kids of Immigrants Designers Talk Xenophobia, Fashion, and Giving Back -Teen Vogue

  • Valuable Immigrant-Founded Startups Coming To U.S. Stock Market -Forbes

  • With Its Focus on Immigrants, “no Passport Required” is the food show America Needs Now -Quarizy

  • How can U.S. improve its immigration policy? We asked immigrant entrepreneurs and tech leaders
    -GeekWire

  • This Immigrant Entrepreneur Came To America With $300. Now She Has A Successful Fashion Business
    -Forbes