Gumbo. Chile con queso. California roll. Spaghetti and meatballs. The names are as familiar as household brands. Yet how much do you know about these dishes? Based on the names alone, with their roots in other languages and other cultures, each dish sounds like an import. In some ways, they are. But each dish also morphed and adapted to its new environment, transforming into something uniquely American. Some transformed through industrialization. Another required the ingenuity of chefs willing to break from tradition. One adapted, and continues to adapt, to the dizzying constellation of cultures that is New Orleans. Allow us to explain — and to show you. SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS Millions of impoverished immigrants from southern Italy poured into the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their goals were straightforward: to earn more money and improve their standard of living, perhaps even send a little cash home to family. But in the process, they redefined … [Read more...] about How spaghetti and meatballs are part of the story of immigration
Land use and land cover
BANGKOK - Palm oil plantations in Indonesia and commercial fruit orchards in the Philippines have uprooted indigenous people and rural communities from their land, despite laws put in place to protect them, human rights groups said. Powerful businesses, corrupt officials and paramilitary groups are fueling violence against rural communities in the Philippines, Britain-based Global Witness said on Tuesday. "Businesses from coal to agribusiness, from mining to tourism, are allowed to run rampant and irreparably damage the lives of ordinary Filipinos," Ben Leather, a senior campaigner at Global Witness, said in a report. "International companies are still not carrying out proper due diligence to avoid conflicts – particularly in countries like the Philippines, where laws protecting land and indigenous rights are often not enforced." The human rights group earlier this year said the country was the deadliest in the world for land rights activists in 2018, with killings spiking under … [Read more...] about Palm oil, pineapples threaten Southeast Asia’s indigenous lands
MANILA, Philippines — So far 47 of the 51 party-lists that won a seat in Congress have received Certifications of Proclamation from the Commission on Elections. Here are the winning party-lists and their representatives. Bayan Muna Sectors: Multi-sectoral (workers, peasants, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, urban poor) Advocacy: Establish a democratic, nationalist and popular government by empowerment, representation and participation. Assert national sovereignty and independence and protect national patrimony. Promote a sustainable socio-economic and self-reliant development. Uphold and protect human rights. Number of seats won: 3 Representatives: Carlos Isagani Zarate Member for the Majority of the House Special Committee on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Davao-based human rights lawyer prior to becoming a lawmaker Co-author of People’s Mining Bill in 2013 In the running for next House speaker in the 18th Congress 9th poorest House lawmaker in … [Read more...] about Who’s who: Winning party-lists and their representatives
Somchai Sophonsookpaiboon does not remember much about his younger years, except that they were spent in an opium haze. It’s how all the men in his mountain village on the Thai-Myanmar border spent their time. Stateless, with little access to education, jobs or healthcare, their only options were trading opium or walking to the nearest town for odd jobs. Somchai’s life turned around after the late Princess Srinagarindra, grandmother of Thailand’s current king, set up a development project in 1988 in Doi Tung in Chiang Rai, once part of Southeast Asia’s “Golden Triangle” notorious for trafficking of drugs, people and arms. The Doi Tung Development Project ended opium cultivation in the area and set up a drug rehabilitation center and social enterprises to generate jobs. It trained residents to reforest vast swathes of the hillside and grow coffee and macadamia. It also gave residents 30-year land-use titles for small plots on which they could live and … [Read more...] about A new high: Indigenous Thai farmers swap opium for coffee, land
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?