Culture Crossings

Experiences in strange lands and with unusual subcultures—halfway around the world, and right in our own backyards.

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Inside the Surreal, Offensive Tradition of ‘Bavarian China’

Each year this small German town has a 'Chinese' parade, complete with an emperor in yellow-face and paper dragons galore.

I Was Huge in Taiwan—For Two Months

I was a zoo volunteer when my boyfriend became a star pitcher for Taiwan's version of the Yankees. But when I traveled to visit him, I might as well have been Kim Kardashian.


Bringing a Bite of Old Brooklyn to Ukraine

Brooke Luu’s Stormy Journey Home

She faced pirates, storms and armed guards at sea, but one child of Vietnam confronts her true test only upon escaping to America.

Heretic Hasidim

Torn between devotion to their faith and families and a desire to explore the outside world, rebellious young ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are resigned to live secret double lives.

Live and Let Dine

In the basement of a former Catholic church in the Bronx, a Buddhist monk uses radish broth and tofu to tip the scales toward karma.

Teenage, Undocumented, and Speaking Out

Two young immigrants slowly come to grips with what it means to be undocumented in the only place they call home.


An Eagle Eye in Harlem

From Malcolm X Boulevard to pow-wow road trips, a black man from Georgia adopts a Cherokee persona despite questionable ties to any Native American roots.