Global Nation First Person

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I’m an American. But my family came to the US fraudulently.

The Trump administration’s immigration policies harken back to the origins of immigration restriction a century ago that sought to keep “undesirables” — like my family — out. 

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With all eyes on elite university admissions, community college stories go unheard

A comic book panel: one of two men, one of a hand holding a compass.

El Peso Hero protects both sides of the border — from a comic book panel

An Indian woman in a sari and glasses and an Indian man in a suit and glasses sit for a portrait.

Love conquers caste for this couple, but Indian marriage traditions continue in US

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30 years later, this Korean adoptee finds ‘home’ again

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For many, international adoption isn’t just a new family. It’s the loss of another life.

Here is what I know: I am culturally American. I am racially Asian. I came to the US when I was just over six months old, and a couple years later I was naturalized as an American citizen. But when I traveled back to South Korea for the first time, I realized how much of my heritage had been left behind.

A room full of mostly elderly Asian residents of San Francisco's sit in a large room as they attend a talk on protecting themselves from immigration enforcement.

What it’s like being a lawyer for Cambodian deportees

Immigration attorney Kevin Chun Hoi Lo, who grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown, helped stop 30 Cambodians from being deported from the US last year. Months later, many were deported anyway.

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For a child migrant, days feel like a lifetime when you’re imprisoned and alone

Beth Lew-Williams’ grandfather was 9 when he was separated from family and placed in immigration detention. And he held the pain of the experience for 72 years.

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Why a medical interpreter was surprised to see Vietnamese immigrant patients at California hospitals around Lunar New Year

In Vietnam, seeing a doctor around the new year is unthinkable. But cultures can change. Here’s why Sonny Lê had a busy holiday week.

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A news organization that insisted on inclusive journalism is closing its doors

But its mission will live on, writes Andrew Lam.