Ask most folks their first impressions of Arizona and you'll most likely hear answers like, "heat," "desert," and "heat."
Not Olimjon Samidinov. His answers were, "freedom," and "jobs."
Samidinov is a political refugee who, along with several others, was brought to Phoenix by the United Nations af ... More >>
My grandmother with a tray of manti on Christmas
When Maya Dukmasova arrived in Phoenix for the summer, her first assignment for Chow Bella was to find the Russian food in this town. Dukmasova was born in Saint Petersburg and lived there til she was nine, when her family moved ... More >>
Wanna snag the administration's attention? Borrow a page from the (peaceful) protesters in Iran.
So I've just thumbed through a passel of recent White House statements and releases, looking for something about that big immigration meetup that President Barack Obama was ... More >>
Image: Wikimedia CommonsSo-called human traffickers were apparently trying to set up shop in Arizona before authorities caught up to them.
According a May indictment of 12 people, including eight from Uzbekistan, the alleged traffickers had already brought several immigrants to Missour ... More >>
Svetlana and Abram Sulaymanov opened Russian Market over a decade ago in a dusty strip mall on the corner of 19th Avenue and Northern. Since then, they've been bringing the best dishes from the homeland to a hungry, and often homesick, community of ex-pats, immigrants, and globetrotting foodies. ... More >>