International Institute of Los Angeles
FROM Lilian Alba
Why has LA resettled only 136 Syrian refugees? Millions of Syrians have been displaced since the civil war began there more than five years ago, and what to do with them has been at the top of the list for policymakers. The Obama Administration has achieved its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees this year. They’re living in cities big and small across the country, but only 136 have resettled in the Los Angeles area. Lack of affordable housing is part of the problem.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.