Latest from Ruth Tam

Transplants say D.C.’s bagels and pizza don’t measure up. Here’s where they go for a taste of home.

We asked them to break down the qualities that make their favorite foods so special, and where to find them.
  • Aug 1, 2019

Who gets to be a foodie? Novelist Elizabeth Acevedo expands palates in ‘With the Fire on High’

The young adult novelist has created a heroine who challenges our notions of taste and class.
  • May 30, 2019

Can art speak the truth about violence against indigenous women?

Jamie Black's exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington uses red dresses to call attention to killed or missing indigenous women.
  • Mar 23, 2019

Andrew Zimmern missed an opportunity — to honor, rather than insult, Chinese cooks

When they make food for white people, the TV star calls it “horses---.” When he does it, it’s “unique” and “bold.”
  • Nov 23, 2018

Will the growing numbers of evangelicals of color mean less influence for white Christian conservatives?

The Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy at the U.S.-Mexico border has led to a growing frustration among evangelicals of color whose faith is informed by their experiences as racial minorities.
  • Jun 22, 2018

Culture clash: Asian Americans balance Christianity and culture in rituals honoring their ancestors

My parents left Hong Kong 50 years ago. For the first time I wondered: Are they now more Christian than Chinese?
  • Apr 6, 2018

For older actors of color, the movement for a more diverse Hollywood has come too late

Three years after the #OscarsSoWhite protest, do actresses such as Jenifer Lewis feel represented in the industry’s diversification?
  • Mar 9, 2018

‘When They Call You a Terrorist’: A Black Lives Matter leader details the life that turned her into an activist

In her new book, movement co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors combines memoir with manifesto.
  • Jan 20, 2018

National parks were my family’s door to America. Doubling the entry fees would limit access to immigrants like my father.

Family road trips to the Badlands and Angel Island made us feel American.
  • Dec 1, 2017

How David Bowie’s ‘China Girl’ used racism to fight racism

"If you ever took Bowie for what was on the surface, you were missing something," a critic said.
  • Jan 20, 2016