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How Some Refugees in Seattle Learned to Trust the Police

The city of Seattle put refugees and police officers in the same room for two months. They needed 13 interpreters.

Three MA Towns Owe Their Very Survival to People They Once Shunned

Cambodians, Dominicans, and Brazilians have revived Lowell, Lawrence, and Framingham—though none were welcomed with open arms.

The Hmong Flower Farmers of Seattle

Children of Hmong refugees are continuing the family business of farming and selling flower bouquets at Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market.

The Hmong Flower Farmers of Seattle

Children of Hmong refugees are continuing the family business of farming and selling flower bouquets at Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market.

The Brazilian Immigrants Who Saved a Dying Mill Town

South American newcomers opened businesses and brought back the downtown in Framingham. For their efforts, they were threatened and harassed.

This Cambodian Monk Is Building A Mini Angkor Wat in Lowell, Massachusetts

Cambodian refugees are transforming the cradle of the American Industrial Revolution.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.