Food and Culture Features

Nayana LaFond considers her paintings of missing and murdered Indigenous people as 'sacred work' to help heal her community

PITTSFIELD — Making money from her community’s misery is something Nayana LaFond avoids at all costs. LaFond, an artist of Anishinaabe, Abenaki and Mi’kmaq descent who lives in central Massachusetts, started to paint portraits of missing and murdered Indigenous people, their family members and community activists. She does it for free and doesn’t accept monetary donations.

Building Community Through Outdoor Dining Spaces in Chinatown

Passersby can spot Grand Tea Imports from across Grand Street. Its distinctive wooden cabin, decorated with a pastel mural depicting lotuses from blossom to bloom, radiates. In this underwater landscape, the koi — the bright orange fish that in Chinese culture is believed to bring prosperity — chases golden coins. It is like looking into a translucent pond, gazing at the fauna and flora of a vibrant ecosystem.

2000 Years of Imperial Marketing: How Italy Came to Rely on Spain’s Olives

Food is a subtle and complex form of communication. In one bite, you can communicate ideas, values, identities, and attitudes. Cuisines have been essential parts of peace deals. Today, countries use food to promote cultures, build their brand, and attract tourists, a process which is led not just by the state, but corporations, celebrity chefs, social media, and also migrants. Needless to say Italy has had tremendous success in promoting itself through food.

Politics, Civil Society and Immigration

Meet the people who help Spanish-speaking families decode life and learning in South County

GREAT BARRINGTON – At the start of school last year, Olga Cruz was worried to learn that Berkshire Hills Regional School District was about to hold its first three assemblies — one for each school — in Spanish. “I thought that maybe something bad was happening,” said Cruz, who has lived in Great Barrington for eight years. “I didn't think that it was because there was going to be support for [the kids] at school.” But that’s indeed what it was: A move by the district to better serve students a

This is how Mondays in Lanesborough became 'salad day' for some lucky seniors

LANESBOROUGH — On a Monday morning, Evelyn Harrington, 97, sits on her porch waiting for new friends to arrive. The ambulance quietly pulls in as Harrington waves and smiles. Today it’s Jen Weber, Lanesborough's EMS director, and Kristen Tool, a local farmer, who hand Harrington a satchel with about six pounds of produce. "What is in the bag?" asks Harrington. "We have Brussels sprouts today. And I think carrots," said Tool. "There's a butternut squash in there. I think a big one," Tool adds

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Newsletter writing and shorter pieces

This section contains mostly some of my work at Inside the Newsroom, a newsletter on international news, a podcast about the journalists behind them, and a job board created by former WSJ journalist Daniel Levitt. 

The “Is Europe back on track?” Train Edition 🚂

The history of Canfranc and its heroism is well-known in Spain, but few have heard of the railway station in the rest of Europe. Considering its 241 meters of length, 12 of width, a classic 19th-century architectural style, and 365 windows, you would expect to find Canfranc in a European city. However, it is located 1194 meters above sea level, in the Spanish Pyrenees, far away from big towns on either side of the border. That is why it became a European spy hub during World War II.

🌍 Inside The Middle East — Feb. 3

Happy Wednesday folks, it’s that time once again… Welcome to another edition of Inside The Middle East, where we dissect the most important news from the most important region in the world. Be sure to check out this week’s job board update (more details below) with more than 400 new jobs added. Tomorrow we’ll have the first Data Corner of the new year, rounding up all the cool datasets we used in January. And keep an eye out for a special edition on Friday, when our Sophie Foggin will detail he

Parisians Going Buck Wild

When Netflix released “Emily in Paris” in October, Parisians eagerly checked the show’s Instagram, looking for cultural misunderstandings to make fun of and be slightly offended about. The account had posted a picture of two beloved French pastries: pain au raisin and a chocolate croissant, which it called “chocolatine.” Ask any Parisian, or 84% of all French people, and they’ll tell you there’s only one name for that pastry: pain au chocolat.