Aakib Khaled, 23, Edina, is a business analyst.

Young Minnesotans urge attention for international concerns

As the 2012 presidential race intensifies, the candidates are battling primarily over domestic concerns. But many Americans, especially younger ones, are anxious to hear more discussion of global issues.

How do you feel about the campaign to arrest the world’s worst war criminal, Joseph Kony, by making him famous?

Mohamed Samatar, 19, of Minneapolis

Changing the picture

Mohamed Samatar, 19, travelled to Somalia for the first time in 2010. The Minneapolis teenager expected to be in the desert for a month without electricty. What he experienced in Somalia shocked him — because he realized his idea of Somali and the reality there were very different. And so began his mission.

Amolak Singh, Nova Classical Academy

Don't hate the turban, hate the violence

When Amolak was 8-years-old, he did something nice: He opened the door for an older white woman walking out of Café Latte. In return, she told him to go back to his country, which confused him because his country was America. Years later, Amolak thinks her ignorance is more than just hateful, it’s dangerous.

Betty Ellison-Harpole

For Black History Month honor elders by recording their stories

History isn’t just in books and museums. It’s in the stories we tell.

Betty Ellison-Harpole

Here are 12 "Do" and "Don't do" tips for a great interview

“Hearing Ms. Ellison’s stories of growing up in a time when there was such a thing as white water and how she overcame the hatred and discrimination to become a life-changing woman was invaluable.” — South H.S. junior Maddie Colbert on why teens should interview others.

Emma Carew Grovum was adopted from Korea as an infant.

Life after meeting my biological family

After graduating high School, Emma Carew Grovum visited her Korean birth family in a series of hard, emotionally draining visits.

Emma Carew Grovum was adopted from Korea as an infant.

Coming Home a Stranger

Growing up as a Korean adoptee in a predominantly white suburb of Minneapolis, Emma Carew always felt out of place. A high school graduation trip to Korea connected her to the family and culture of her birth. Now as an adult, she’s found knowing her adopted family adds a complicated layer to her life.

Ready Htoo's family fled Burma when he was only 4 years old.

Fleeing persecution, Karen teen at home in Minnesota

When Ready Htoo tried his first hot dog in America he loved it – until he found out what it was called.

Moving to Minnesota: Immigrants tell their stories

Stories can transform the past from words in a book into the light in an old man’s face and the longing in an immigrant’s voice.

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