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Lincoln cafe combines African coffee and culture

By Scott Jenkins Since its discovery in Ethiopia centuries ago, coffee has always had a way of bringing people together — and that is what the owner of a new Lincoln cafe is hoping will happen at her shop, by keeping alive the African tradition of coffee and the...

Iraqi entrepreneur builds a future in Nebraska

By Matthew Walsh The flashing neon lights of restaurants and grocery stores are a common sight on 27th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska — one of the most diverse culinary areas in the city. The streets are lined with Vietnamese restaurants, taco trucks and Middle Eastern...

Yazidi refugee opens Turkish bakery in Lincoln

By Margaret Davenport Baklava is a flaky, sticky, nutty dessert made with honey and very thin layers of dough stacked atop each other. Safwan Qaedi insists that you have to try his. “The best baklava in the United States is here,” he said. Whether or not this is true...

Irish Descendants Make Roots In Downtown Lincoln

As Lincoln has changed dramatically over the years, I still see the framework left from a city that has made my family history into something special, where even a walk down one of our busy downtown streets can feel like I’m stepping into a family photo album.

Royal Ancestry Reveals Strong-willed Women

By Utami Diah Kusumawati I learned from my family that strong-willed and influential women of our royal ancestry had great roles in creating the history of my country, Indonesia. I remember the day I first learned about this heritage from my father,  Raden Untung...

A Eurasian Who Has Never Been To Europe

By Patricia Nangkal Although I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, I knew growing up I was not like my peers. No one looked like me or was familiar with the meals my family ate such as, Pad Thai or Paella. No one could figure out my diverse ethnic make-up while I...

Family German heritage preserved in material artifacts

By Alexa Horn My great-great-great-grandfather branded his free-roaming livestock with the monogram “JL.” While Johann Leitow marked his cattle, the United States marked him with the name “John Leitem.” The land office had misspelled his last name as “Leitem” on his...

Globalization runs in my family

By Natasya Ong Being a fourth-generation Malaysian, I am blessed to be born and raised in a culturally rich country. Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian culture, and I have two cultures running in my blood because my father is...

Escaping famine, seeking the American dream

By Jason McCoy Little is known about my family’s history and arrival to the United States, which is compounded by the contradictions my father, Larry Croghan, has discovered in the stories told by my grandfather, Jim Croghan. My legal name is Jason McCoy because I was...

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