Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen is a contributing writer for The Nation and In These Times, a contributing editor at Dissent magazine, and a co-producer of the Asia Pacific Forum podcast and Dissent’s Belabored podcast. She is also a post-doctoral fellow in history at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She speaks English and some Chinese.

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A Taste of Home: How Ethnic Grocery Stores Create Community

While the first ethnic grocery stores—food retailers catering to a migrant or diasporic culture—in the U.S. opened up during the 19th and early 20th centuries in urban minority neighborhoods in major cities, today, such grocery stores have mushroomed around the country, wherever new migrant communities have sprung up.

January 19, 2023