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Can a century-old colonial crisis be solved before a once-in-a-generation opportunity passes the island by?

Illustration: Clay Rodery for GEN


Illustration showing Asian Americans protesting, covid virus, anti-Asian hate on the streets, small businesses closing, portraying a tumultuous 2020.
Illustration showing Asian Americans protesting, covid virus, anti-Asian hate on the streets, small businesses closing, portraying a tumultuous 2020.
Illustration by Mark Wang for GEN

The Conversation

Alexander Chee and Cathy Park Hong on how the pandemic has cracked open discrimination against Asian American communities


I live alone. It’s been a very long year.

Illustration of a person dressed in winter clothes walking alone on the sidewalk with swan necks silhouetting in the foreground.
Illustration of a person dressed in winter clothes walking alone on the sidewalk with swan necks silhouetting in the foreground.
Illustration by Derek Abella for GEN


The photographs in this series were taken in New York City between April and June 2020. Photos: Gaia Squarci

As long as we focus on deaths and statistics, the bigger story of Covid-19 will go untold


Illustrations: Nicole Rifkin

The coronavirus has realigned the pleasure principle as we struggle between the need for desire and safety


Photo illustration: Anthony Gerace. Sources: Hill Street Studios / Andersen Ross Photography Inc / David Soanes Photography / Leon Halip / Getty Images

The future of journalism is being written at America’s college newspapers


For decades, the website’s harsh light of truth rooted out urban legends and conspiracy theories. Does it still work?


Illustrations: Reina Takahashi

Our conversations could be frustrating, but they also gave me hope. Was I a fool to think we were getting somewhere?


Illustration: Nicole Rifkin

The young Black mayor of Stockton, California, was a progressive superstar. Then a feisty local blog decided he had to go.


Illustration: Lucy Jones

The lie at the heart of the Pham family ‘pass to freedom’

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