Author: Miranda Shafer

Bio: Miranda Shafer is a media studies graduate student at the New School. She has worked for WNYC as a production assistant for Selected Shorts and as a producer for the series "Talk to Me." She likes hot media and cold weather.


Seniors Claim the Culinary Spotlight

Posted on: 25 Aug 2014

Two New Web Series Highlight Immigrant Elders’ Home Cooking

Five Life Lessons from the Immigrant Table in Film

Posted on: 25 Aug 2014

Moonstruck: Food soothes the angry beast In Moonstruck, Loretta (Cher) uses cappuccino and steak to make peace with her fiancé’s wild-eyed brother Ronny (played by Nicholas Cage) and convince him to come to her wedding. “We’ll make this one bloody,” she tells him, “to feed your blood.” Babette’s Feast: Food is a gift Babette’s Feast […]

Infographic: Owning a Home is a Dream for Many Immigrants, but Rates of Success Vary

Posted on: 28 Apr 2014

Our interactive data map uses data from the American Community Survey to show the impact immigrant investment has on the housing market.

Bolivian Immigrants Celebrate ‘Alasitas’ Festival By Making Big Dreams Small

Posted on: 24 Jan 2014

An indigenous festival where participants collect miniature versions of the objects they covet with the hopes of getting the real thing.

I Won’t be Home for Christmas: Facing the Holidays as an Immigrant

Posted on: 24 Dec 2013

Many who can’t go home recreate holiday traditions in the U.S.

Ten Films About Immigrants to Watch Over the Holidays

Posted on: 27 Nov 2013

Check out Miranda Shafer’s list of ten must-see films about immigration spanning nearly a century.

How Hurricane Sandy Impacted New York City’s Immigrants

Posted on: 29 Oct 2013

One year later the effects are still being felt.

Who is Working on Labor Day? ‘I Am’ say Immigrant Workers in NYC

Posted on: 30 Aug 2013

For many food and restaurant workers, Labor Day means more work.

Marriage Fraud: An Intimate Portrait of a Green Card Marriage

Posted on: 23 May 2013

Despite severe penalties, marriage for money is common. But a fake marriage can come with real issues.