• “Sitting the Month” in Queens
    By Amanda Dingyuan Hou

    No showering, no going outside, no drinking cold water–for an entire month. Many women in mainland China observe these rules as part of a traditional health care practice following childbirth.

  • Dear MSG,
    By Annie Choi

    I know that you’ve had some tough times the past few years. People have called to ban you, to oust you from the kitchen…

  • The Roast Duck Bureaucracy
    By Eveline Chao

    About a decade ago, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) began to puzzle over a strange and disturbing sight: whole, roasted ducks, hanging by their necks in the windows of Manhattan’s Chinatown.

  • All That Glitters…In Sunset Park
    By Esther Wang

    The gate, the window guards (all seven of them), the railings leading up to the door, the door itself — all bright stainless steel, and sparkling even on this cloudy day.