Emily Files

The World Intern

Emily Files is an intern with The World and a journalism student at Emerson College.

Seon Joo Oh cooks beef bulgogi during a recent cooking class in Hamilton High School's culinary room.

Hundreds of Milwaukeeans have learned Korean cooking from this woman


Seon Joo Oh, a grandmother in her 60s, teaches Korean cooking classes at the Milwaukee Recreation Department. She says her own grandmother back in South Korea lived to be 105 years old and told her that you’re never too old to learn something new. Now she wants to pass that on to her community in the US.

From left to right: Maria Perez, Vania Davina, Hulyana Rodriguez and Yareli Suarez were members of Dreamers Welcome, a student organization at Cardinal Stritch University.

With the closure of Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee’s undocumented students lose a home

students and a teacher

Afghan women who escaped Taliban takeover continue their education at a Wisconsin university

Marco Antonio Tabin Garcia, in Antigua, Guatemala, Skypes with a student in Chicago.

This Spanish teacher in Guatemala doesn’t need to move to the US for a better job, he’s got Skype

Tibetan exiles in Sikkin, along the India/China border.

What it’s like on a 9,000 mile journey along India’s borders

Lifestyle & Belief
Fouad Faris, 19, sits at his computer in Shrewsbury, MA, video chatting with his sister, Rama, who is in Turkey. Faris wears a neck brace because he is recovering from a biking accident.

A teen who escaped Syria waits for a future in the US

Conflict & Justice

19-year-old Fouad Faris fled his hometown of Aleppo, Syria, a year ago and moved in with his aunt and uncle in Shrewsbury, MA. He left behind bombs and tear gas, but also education, friends and family. For the past seven months, he’s been waiting for asylum and a chance to restart his life.

Texas native Joy Womack (center) at a lesson at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in January 2012. Womack was the first American to graduate from the Moscow academy, and she joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company right after.

American ballerina lobs a $10,000 accusation at the Bolshoi Company

Arts, Culture & Media

Texas native Joy Womack was the first American to be accepted to the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She graduated a year ago, and joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company, which was her childhood dream. A week ago, she quit, telling a Russian newspaper that a director told her to pay $10,000 for a solo.

The Khan family: Kamala Khan, aka "Ms. Marvel" (second left) with her brother Aamir, father Yusuf, mother Disha and friend Bruno.

Meet the new Ms. Marvel — a female, Muslim, Pakistani superhero

Arts, Culture & Media

Marvel Comics announced this week a new superhero comic book featuring Kamala Khan. Trust us, she’s not your typical 16-year-old superhero from New Jersey.

Bollywood playback singer Manna Dey at an award ceremony in 2007.

Bollywood singer Manna Dey dies at 94, but his songs keep living

Arts, Culture & Media

Bollywood playback singer Manna Dey, an artist who holds legendary status within India’s Bollywood movie industry, has passed away.

A drone flies over the archaeological site of Cerro Chepen as it takes pictures in Trujillo, Peru in August. Archaeologists are turning to drones to speed up sluggish survey work and protect sites from squatters, builders and miners.

This man wants you to know that not all drones are grey and drop bombs


Drones have gotten a bad rap, says Patrick Egan. He is working to change that.