Contexts

understanding people in their social worlds

Culture

Making meaning of people making meaning.

Asian Americans, Bamboo Ceilings, and Affirmative Action

Asian Americans are popularly recognized as successful academic achievers, to the point of stereotype. Over half of Asian American adults have a bachelor’s degree or … Read More

Thinking Caps

This Spring, an annual fashion trend will return to the campus of California State University–Long Beach. As the familiar sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” carry … Read More

D is for disaster

A 6-year-old boy in Buras, LA sits down with his father to read Patti the Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill. Buras was devastated … Read More

What’s So Cultural about Hookup Culture?

Arman was 7,000 miles from his family, one of the roughly million international students who were enrolled in U.S. colleges last year. Dropped into the … Read More

Rules without Referees

Hamilton’s Immigrant America

On the same day Donald Trump won the Indiana Republican Primary, virtually sealing his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States—May 3, 2016—the American … Read More

Dorothea Lange and the Art of the Caption

Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” is one of the most reproduced photographs in the world. Like other iconic images, it has taken on a life of … Read More

Learning From NASA’s Robotic Planetary Missions

The scientist at the front of the room hunched over and splayed his arms out to his sides. Waddling a bit like a penguin, he … Read More

Words Burn Lips

Rami and Hassan took the author to visit the abandoned cemetery of an Arab village destroyed in 1948 before … Read More

Hiking the West Bank

New construction in the settlement of Betar Illit overlooks the fields of Wadi Fukin village. ©2012 Andy Clarno. In … Read More