The airport in Guatemala City is a revolving door for deported migrants. As soon as they get off the airplane and through the doors that lead them back into their country, almost half the returnees turn right back towards the north.
For the first time in his life, ninety-two-year-old Frank Catalfumo has stopped working at F & C Shoe Rebuilding in South Brooklyn, the shop he inherited from his father after World War II. Now the shop is run by Frank’s son Michael, who has also followed in his father’s footsteps. Though F & C is as busy as ever, the trade stops with this generation, as Michael’s children have been able to choose different life paths.
Maryann and Raymond Eger started dating when they were teenagers in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island. They have been together for over forty years, raising their family in the same house that Maryann was born in. Now, hurricane Sandy may force them to leave the place they have always called home.
Maria arrived to the United States when she was only 2 years old. She has lived in White Plains, New York for most of her life and while she considers herself to be an American, she is still an undocumented immigrant under US law. Maria is currently looking into applying for deferred action.
When I was in college I participated in a study abroad program in Cambodia through The New School. A few years later I was hired to go back and document the program. I was the main shooter for this project and Marisa Wong was the editor.
This critical international civic engagement course engages the perils, paradoxes, and promises of contemporary Cambodia by combining intensive experiential learning with an academically rigorous examination of the politics of international development that make up the Cambodian present. Based in the city of Siem Reap on the northeast tip of the Tonle Sap (the Great Lake), students participate in academic seminar and field-based projects in partnership with local community organizations working on issues of education, poverty, healthcare, and housing.