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Chimera Khala

My mother’s family tree is a confusing mass of thick, heavy limbs weaving through political borders and arranged marriages, congested with the green leaves of cousins from who-knows-where.” Read more … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

How to Deal With Your Out of Pocket Family Members This Thanksgiving

For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is a joyous time to reunite with family and enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie. But for these teens, familial tension is always Thanksgiving’s … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

In this desert nobody is a stranger

Slip into the shoes of a Coachella Valley student, and you’ll wake up before dawn to braid your sister’s hair while your parents are already at work in the fields. … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

On Father’s Day, actions mean more than words

The worst stereotypes of immigrant men — as criminals, drug dealers and thieves — don’t stack up to the reality for many families supported by hardworking men. A young Central … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

With a deported father, California teen lives life between borders

Every other weekend, a 16-year-old Los Angeles high schooler packs a bag to spend the weekend with her father in Tijuana. Her father was deported six years ago, and the … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Losing a parent sucks

Just days after her fifth birthday, Leslie Perry’s father died. The Bay Area teen has found ways to  hold his memory close and bear the grief. “If you did lose … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

When economics divide siblings

As a family’s financial situation changes, so does the experience and opportunities of siblings. Emiliano Villa hears from his older sister about birthdays with many presents. That was years ago. … Continue reading

October 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dear Mother…

A young woman from Fresno reflects on her distant and sometimes contentious relationship with her mother. Writing in letter form, she opens up about the pressure she feels to be … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Remembering the silent ones: domestic violence changes a family

The violent death of a family member changes everything, from how we view the world to how we feel about our relationships. Youth reporter Aaliyah Lannerd writes about how the death of her aunt, who … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dad not in the picture

Tavonne Larkin’s father stopped visiting her around the fifth grade. To this day, she doesn’t know why. “How does he feel about missing out on so much? I have no … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

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