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    Long-Distance Nationalism

    My Portfolio was about how foreign conflicts play out among immigrant groups in New York City. I graduated in 2008.

    I'm currently the blogs editor at The New Yorker.

    Portfolio project: Long-Distance Nationalism in New York City

    When conflicts from abroad reach New York, unexpected things happen to them. They mutate, conflate, moderate, or exacerbate. Sometimes, diaspora members work to mediate disputes from their home countries. Sometimes they become more partisan. Each of my stories will explore a different byproduct of the globalization of conflict.

    These conflicts don't usually take the form of fighting in the streets, although that has happened. In one example, on February 25, 1994, an Israeli doctor shot and killed 29 Arabs in a mosque in the West Bank. Four days later, a Lebanese Muslim cab driver opened fire on a van full of Jewish boys on the Brooklyn Bridge.

    Luckily for us, though, international armed conflict rarely breaks out here. Battles fought with bombs and bullets elsewhere are more likely to stick to rhetoric and theater here. I'll be exploring the ways that foreign countries and New York immigrants influence each other on the editorial pages of ethnic newspapers, at rallies, and in exile political parties.

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