• Essay

    How Jewish Was Stanley Kubrick?

    The Director of 2001 and Eyes Wide Shut Had the 'Aura of a Talmudic Scholar' and Favored Plots Dealing With Cultural Outsiders

    By Nathan Abrams

    Many people are surprised to discover that legendary director Stanley Kubrick—whose masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is 50 years old this year—was Jewish. ...

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Essay

How an Oahu Doctor Struggles to Care for His Micronesian Patients

Fleeing Rising Sea Levels and Burdened With Health Problems, Hawai‘i's Newest Migrants Now Face ‘Bigotry and Backlash’

By Seiji Yamada

    With its multitude of ethnicities, cultures, and languages, Hawaiʻi might appear at first glance to be a post-racial society. The predicament of Micronesians in Hawai‘i, however, gives the lie to that myth. What’s more, Micronesians must pay for their second-class status through their health, already affected by nuclear weapons testing, because of the state’s discriminatory health policies.
    Micronesians, mostly from the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), are the newest group of migrants to Hawaiʻi. They come in search of opportunities: better education for their children, better jobs, and better health care. In this way, they are no different from other immigrants who preceded them. Only the Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) people are indigenous ...

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Why Are California's Children's Hospitals So Much Nicer Than Other Services for Kids?

A System of Medical Centers Has Grown Up—and Offers an Example of a More Generous Golden State

By Joe Mathews

    I wish California children were doing as well as California children’s hospitals.
    Even as the Golden State has maintained the nation’s highest child poverty rate, underfunded its schools, and made housing prohibitively expensive for families, California has developed a system of children’s hospitals that seems to occupy a parallel universe in which kids’ needs actually come first.
    California has 13 children’s hospitals—eight private not-for-profits (in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Loma Linda, Oakland, Palo Alto, and Madera) and five within University of California medical centers. Collectively, they receive more than two million visits from injured, disabled, and sick children annually.
    In these children’s hospitals, you can see California’s ability to be kind, egalitarian, and generous to a fault—and also how our ...

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Poetry

  • By Magda Kapa

    How does the night move?
    There must be a moment
    when it moves over your body.
    You are half night, ...

  • By Caitlin Mohney

    1.

    from here the earth
    is a shade of the darkest
    blue before black ...

  • Video Highlights

    Looking Back at Four Years of “What It Means to Be American”

    The Smithsonian/ASU/Zócalo Project on U.S. History and Identity Is Just Getting Started

    Since its launch on April 14, 2014, the "What It Means to Be American" project has convened 12 events in seven cities and published more than 300 essays on American history and identity. And we're just getting started. Here's a look back at where we've been, and where we're going.