Feature Story Archive

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The Atlantic10.29.13China's Uighur Minority Finds a Voice Through American-Style Hip-HopChina’s Uighur minority, who hail from Xinjiang Autonomous Region, have struggled to retain their traditional culture in the face of widespread assimilation from the country’s Han majority. But in the region’s poorest districts, some Uighur youth have turned to a non-traditional outlet for maintaining cultural pride: hip-hop.
The Globalist10.19.13NSA on Steroids: Georgia Republic's Mass SurveillanceWhen government's agents told Nodar Chachua to get in the car, he wasn't expecting that they wanted to show him a sex tape. But he didn't get scared
until he realized that he was the star of the pornographic clip. Nodar is just one victim of the Georgian government’s brazen secret
surveillance program. Over the past decade, the small ex-soviet country, which borders the Black Sea, has been conducting domestic spying on a level that makes the NSA look responsible by comparison.
Afar Magazine10.9.13The Great Central Asia Bike TripIn mid July, Morgan Hartley and Chris Walker boarded a cargo ship to cross the Caspian sea, starting a 2000 mile bicycle trip through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and into China. Over three months, they pedaled through scorching deserts, over frozen mountains, and were stormed by soldiers. This is the five piece account of what it’s like to cycle across Central Asia.
Forbes.com9.25.13The US Spent Billions in Kyrgyzstan, but Is Leaving Without a TraceAfter 13 years, an Air Base that in Kyrgyzstan that was a central supply point for the Afghanistan War is being closed. With billions spent during its years of operation, we set out to find out what kind of economic legacy the base will leave in this tiny post-Soviet country. The answer? Not much.
Little India6.19.13A Certain AmbiguityBeing a transgender or eunuch in India used to bring out respect, even fear. Now Indians increasingly view them with contempt. Ritika and Ruppa are two transgenders who have joined Delhi's growing prostitution industry. Their stories, woven together, shed light on the disorienting social change that is sweeping across the subcontinent.
The Atlantic6.3.13Cambodia's Orphan-Industrial ComplexThe country's orphanages are brimming, but 70% of the children aren't ophans. They've been placed there by poor parents desperate to provide their children with better education. But along with brighter opportunities for the kids come signs of long-lasting attachment issues. This is what happens when Western tourists step into the roles of parents.
NPR5.14.13As Gamblers Gather, Thailand's Child Boxers Slug It OutIf someone asked you to bet on the outcome of a nine-year old’s boxing match, would you do it? In Thailand’s rural villages, it happens all the time, where child boxers and gambling are among the oldest traditions of Muay Thai fighting.
Postulate One4.23.13Uncovering Burma: a 10 part SeriesThe word "change" in Myanmar is a cliche. But what does it mean to Burmese across the country?We set to find out, cycling through the country for five weeks. The following 10 part series is our account of how new political policies in this historically isolated country are affecting the lives of its everyday citizens.
Little India4.17.13Against All OddsThe journey of almost irrational probabilities from youth cricket academies, to the different club teams, to the selection of state teams, and finally (for thetop .0000001%) onto a position on Team India.
Forbes.com12.16.12The Culture Shock of India's Call CentersWe sat in on a call center training course in Bangalore. Our piece follows the stories of three individuals: a trainee applying for jobs, a current call center employee, and a burnt-out employee who is now teaching the course. Each person’s life was deeply affected by their time on the call center floor, with the graveyard shifts, jump in disposable income, and immersion in western culture the job entailed. One loses control and sinks into heroin addiction, another is so moved she is planning to immigrate to the United States illegally, and the last, who has yet to get a job, struggles to find one on time so he can attract a Hindu bride.
Thought Catalog12.8.12A Disappearing Lifestyle: Two Weeks In An Indian VillageWelcome to New Brahmanapally, a rural farming community in the heartland of India's cotton region. What took Europe one hundred years, and America fifty, is happening to India within the span of a single decade. An older generation works to squeeze a livlihood out of a cotton crop that can no longer support them, all the while their children leave the village for big cities to go find work and better lives. Brahmanapally is emptying, and everyone knows it. The farmers are scrambling to secure themselves before they're the ones left behind.
Letsbewild.com9.26.12Ushba: The Irresistible ClimbAs a community of mountain climbers vie for one of Georgia's most prestigious peaks, they are reminded of the danger inherent in the job. When we spent a week in Ushba's basecamp during Mid August, thunderstorms made the climb deadly for those on the mountain. One climber died, another was stuck near the summit, and a group of 20 russian climbers from Moscow couldn’t reach the peak to save him. No one knew if the climber would make it down alive.
The Ecologist Magazine8.12.12The Battle for Gerze: A Tale of Coal and ControversyAlong Turkey’s Black Sea coastline, a small town’s three-year long fight against the construction of a coal-fired power plant, and the billionaire multinational corporation behind it
Postulate One6.1.12Disappearing Students: The Miseducation of Romania's GypsiesMost of Romania's Gypsy children never get past eighth grade. They face pressure to work and help their family, and discrimination in the classroom. Their miseducation enforces a cycle of poverty that shows few signs of slowing down

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