• Glimpses

    How the U.S. Designed Overseas Cemeteries to Win the Cold War

    From France to the Philippines, Stunning Landscapes of Infinite Graves Displayed American Sacrifice and Power

    By Kate Clarke Lemay

    Americans commemorate our fallen soldiers differently than other countries do. You can see the difference most clearly overseas. While innumerable war cemeteries ...

  • Poetry

    By Veronica Golos

    You have to remember the Aspen grove;
    the white stalks of trees, their stuttering leaves--
    the descending quiet. Vesper sparrows. ...

New at Zócalo

Essay

A Native Hawaiian Returns Home

Thirty Years After My Family Left for Prosperity in California, I Moved Back to the Islands I Thought I Knew

By Stephanie Launiu

    The land sparkled like glitter. It was 1961 and my mother let my brothers and me take turns sitting by the airplane window, but I was lucky enough to commandeer the seat as the plane made its final approach to Los Angeles International Airport. More than 50 years later, I can still recall my awe at seeing all of those buildings and houses lit up in L.A.’s suburbs. For a little Hawaiian girl who was used to kerosene lanterns, it was sheer magic. We had flown beyond the horizon.
    Sociologists refer to that period as the Hawaiian diaspora of the 1960s—a wave of out-migration of Hawaiians to the mainland in the decade after Hawai‛i became a state in 1959.
    Diaspora or not, my father had just ...

Essay

The Genteel California Socialite Who Became the World’s Leading Female Arctic Explorer

In the Early 20th Century, Louise Arner Boyd Lived a Double Life—A Philanthropist in the States, and a Hero on the High Seas

By Joanna Kafarowski

    Sailing towards the west coast of Greenland in the war-torn summer of 1941, the Effie M. Morrissey navigated its way through a narrow fjord and anchored off the town of Julianehaab. The American ship appeared vulnerable and run-down next to the impressive U.S. Coast Guard vessels Bowdoin and Comanche.
    It was a perilous time. Only eight weeks before, a British cargo vessel had been torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat off Cape Farewell just to the south. As newly minted members of the Greenland Patrol of the Atlantic Fleet, the Bowdoin and ...

Connecting California Joe Mathews

Poetry

  • By Rebecca Siegel

    Think
    remember
    map our
    every you every us every night every darkness ...

  • By Michael Shiaw-Tian Liaw

    Steve speaks slowly, and because he is the
    Housing Association President,
    he also speaks in ...