Indian student finds American schools easier

Sushma R., 19, is a college student in Chicago now, but she recalls being scatterbrained and squirmy as a little girl. That is when she moved in 1996 from Bangalore (also known as Bengalaru), India, the third most populous city in India, to Illinois with her parents...

Confronting the simple task of speaking

Despite his hard-won skills while wandering the Cambodian jungle for weeks, such as scaling trees to navigate and fine-tuning his senses to sniff out water, Ty Tim admits through a thick accent that once he came to America, one of the hardest adjustments was the...

The King of Hearts

They call my grandfather the King of Hearts. On Valentine’s Day, they wheeled him over the linoleum floors of the nursing home, his red, fleshy head crowned with plastic jewels, wearing a sash across his body, now weak as empty sails. But his boyish smile is...

Cambodian rock and roll crosses generational divides

When the Cambodian-American fusion band Dengue Fever played in Chicago, a simple cultural difference tipped off drummer Paul Smith as to how many Cambodians were in the audience. “Most people will be like ‘Doors open at eight, the band’s not playing until...