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San Diego Immigrants

Hasno Ali

February 7, 2013 | 2

(Originally posted in the San Diego Reader February 6, 2013.)

On a warm Sunday afternoon in late September, the San Diego Public Market teems with socially responsible shoppers toting reusable bags.

A crowd of eight to ten people … Read More

BACKSTORY: Hasno Ali

February 7, 2013 |

From looking at the travel brochures, one would never guess that San Diego has the second largest population of Somalians in the country.  City Heights is heavily populated with East Africans from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, and Sudan as well as … Read More

Go Ahead, Try Some Tamales

July 18, 2012 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader July 18, 2012.)

At the corner of 30th Street and Polk Avenue, 200 yards from a café where graphic designers and graduate students sip coffee and pound away on their laptops, José … Read More

I do love him, but I won’t say it

March 31, 2010 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 31, 2010.)

Afra Khan, a grad student who recently emigrated from Hyderabad, India, wears jeans and a long-sleeved gray T-shirt that says SDSU across the front. Before I spend an afternoon … Read More

Africans, Asians, Hispanics. . .and Hipsters: Changes in City Heights

March 17, 2010 |

(Originally published in the San Diego Reader March 17, 2010.)

From the Killing Fields to the Noodle House

When Mark Lau was ten years old, he couldn’t add one plus one. On the day he began the fourth grade … Read More