Full story - March 13, 2019
Students walking on the UCLA campus.
In the next few months, a decision is expected in a case involving Harvard University and alleged discrimination against Asian American student applicants. But the University of California system is also facing a similar lawsuit — with allegations that administrators are considering race in admissions even though California bans the practice. A scandal is also raising larger questions about merit in college admissions and who has unfair advantage.
Full story - March 06, 2019
A woman looks to the side.
Brandeis University has moved to ban caste-based discrimination in its own campus policy. Other universities may be following suit.
Full story - March 04, 2019
An man sits at a desk with a book and looks at the camera
Many Dalits say the kind of caste-based discrimination and violence that erupts in India also exist in the US.
Full story - March 01, 2019
An Indian woman in a sari and glasses and an Indian man in a suit and glasses sit for a portrait.
The writer's parents defied Hindu conventions by marrying in India outside their caste, but decades later, members of her father's upper caste promote sticking with tradition in America.
Full story - March 05, 2019
Several women in saris and a man laugh
Suraj Yengde, part of the Dalit or "Untouchable" caste in Hinduism, rose from a segregated slum in India to a fellowship at Harvard, collecting advanced degrees along the way.
Full story - February 26, 2019
Shamso Ahmed smiles with red lipstick and a white hijab
In a neighborhood peppered with beauty shops, what makes Shamso Hair Studio and Spa unique is not the silver and black décor — or even the henna body art or the hammam steam spa — it is who is allowed in and who is not. 
Full story - January 24, 2018
A former sex buyer, now in recovery, revisits Boston's Chinatown where he sometimes frequented erotic massage parlors. He says such establishments are all over the state.
Prosecutors from Massachusetts to Minnesota detail cases where mostly foreign-born women work seven days a week, 12-24 hours a day, sleeping in parlors or nearby flophouses, and are managed by a network of interstate traffickers and business people.
Full story - May 08, 2017
botanist
Since 2004, Boston University professor Richard Primack and his students have been documenting the same things as Henry David Thoreau did in his book, "Walden."
Full story - May 01, 2017
South Vietnam fall of saigon
Vietnam is in the midst of a four-day holiday. Their jubilant festivities mark the reunification of North and South Vietnam. But in Boston’s Vietnamese community, the "Fall of Saigon" is a day of collective mourning.
Full story - March 08, 2017
Joe Milano
Joe Milano is the owner of Union Oyster House. He also happens to be the honorary consul general for Thailand.

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