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My last blog post from Europe, on saying good-bye to life in the plaza.
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Life on the Plaza
            We end our
year in Europe where we began, in Madrid. As I say good-bye to Madrid, I feel
like I am saying good-bye to life on the plaza, a central feature of most
European cities, but the lifeblood of Madrid:  those bustling public spaces where ...
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Never underestimate the openness of the human heart
In my career as a researcher of immigrant communities, I
have too many occasions to observe the ways that discrimination, hatred, and
fear transcend national borders, marking the lives of those seen as different,
policing the boundaries between insiders and...
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Friends, this post has been a LONG time brewing, and I hope that all of you who care about issues of race, and/or have experience in Europe, will help me grapple with these issues. 
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Talking about race in America…in Europe
If I hear one more European make a disparaging comment about
ethnic communities in the United States, I am going to lose my s**t. Believe
me, I never in a million years thought that I would ever be defensive about
American race relations, or—gasp—proud of A...
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My latest blog post, on language and Denmark's selectively global image
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Selectively Global
In many ways, Copenhagen is a welcoming city to the
English-speaking migrant, because English is virtually the second official
language. In four months living here I have yet to come across a Dane who does
not speak perfect or near-perfect English (although...
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My latest blog post on a Muslim independent school in Copenhagen.
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“I’m from Somalia but I live in Denmark”
In the past two months, as I have moved with my family from
Spain to Denmark, my life and work have placed me in several different
international communities. Within these communities, little capsules of
globalization, expectations are defied as cultural bor...
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What’s in a Song? On representations of cultural diversity
In early December my daughter came home from school singing
a song, “Soy un Chino Capuchino Mandarín.” She said it was a Christmas song her
class was preparing for the end of school Christmas party, and they would all
dress up as Chinese people. In the song...
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