Calvin Cheong

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“We Should Learn Both”: On Teaching Japanese in Small-town Ohio

This story is part of “Asian in Ohio,” an interactive gallery exploring the landscape of Ohio and the Asian and Asian American individuals who call it home through narratives,...

Follow the Cranberry Road (A 50-Mile Trail in Wisconsin, the Cranberry Capital of the World)

“I don't really need to go to school, because I'm going to be a cranberry farmer.” For some who grew up on cranberry farms in Wisconsin, taking on the family...

“Because You’re Able To Connect With People”: On Music and Cultural Experience

He may have been born in Edmonton, Alberta, and his parents may have been Cantonese Chinese from Hong Kong — but today, Merwin Siu firmly declares himself a Toledoan.

From War to Wurst: German American Culture in St. Louis

It’s a sunny day. The sky is a pale, cloudless blue. The warmth of a newborn autumn hangs in the air. The sounds of polka — percussion, accordion …...

“Writing Was the Thing That Saved my Life”: On Being a Thai American Writer in Ohio

Born in Chicago to Thai immigrants, author and teacher Ira Sukrungruang spent much of his early life wrangling the divided aspects of his identity — one irrevocably tied to his birthplace and home in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and the other struggling to resonate with the culture, language and traditions of his family’s heritage.

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