Mash-Ups in the News:
Go be a celebrity! Help people sell property. But first watch this short doc on recruiting foreigners to class up your real estate ventures. Seriously, it’s bananas.
via NY Times
“I just kept speaking in English really loudly so I didn’t sound like a huge foreign freak.” Zahra Noorbakhsh on the time she wore her hijab to Blockbuster (after being forced by her Farsi teacher to wear the hijab in the first place). #GoodMuslimBadMuslim
via Mother Jones
These days, mostly the Caribbean. Very cool data visualization of immigration to New York throughout history.
The word “thug” traces back to India in 1350, where the Hindi word “Thuggee” was used for a swindler or thief. From there a long and winding road to the word we use today.
via The Atlantic
Long Read: An exploration of how the policies in different European countries have lead to a disjointed and disaffected society.
via Foreign Affairs
250 million people in the world are native Bengali speakers. 389 million are native Spanish speakers and 527 million are native English speakers. But can we get back to how many native Bengali speakers there are?!
via Washington Post
On April 30, 1975, the day Saigon fell, the great chef Charles Phan (we recommend this fab cookbook) escaped with his family in a cargo ship. We are all so lucky he did.
A few months ago, someone with too much money and a bad soul put racist anti-Muslim ads on the New York subways. A group of comedians have responded with some very silly, and funny, comebacks.
via Daily Beast
Israelis were able to rescue the babies born through surrogacy in Nepal for Israeli parents (and also are doing other critical disaster relief). But the surrogates themselves were not saved. What does it mean to be a surrogate? Where is the ethical line?