State of the Re:Union: Miami

Famous for its beaches and clubs, Miami is also the 3rd poorest city in the nation. Here, instead of working towards assimilation and blending with one another, ethnic communities exist as a patchwork, remaining like isolated microcosms of their homeland.

State of the Re:Union: Oakland

Refugees, entrepreneurs, visionaries – these are the historic roots of Oakland, California. The city has long been home for people building new lives and imagining even better ones but dreams deferred also haunt this place.

State of the Re:Union: Utica

A couple of decades ago, Utica, New York, was dying, even by its residents diagnosis: A popular bumper sticker in the ‘90s read "Last One Out of Utica, Please Turn Out the Lights." Something has changed in recent years, with a surprising influx of refugees to this part of snowy, cold upstate New York.

State of the Re:Union: Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama. Just the words make you think about freedom riders, church bombings, civil rights marches and police dogs. This is a place that can’t escape its history—especially the painful parts.

State of the Re:Union: Las Vegas

These days, two versions of Las Vegas occupy the public imagination. One is of Sin City, the City of Lights, home to The Strip, to glitter and entertainment. The other is as a dramatic victim of the recent economic recession.