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Liana  ✏️Journalist, hopping from the U.S to Armenia to Mongolia and everywhere in between. Write A House 2015 winner, currently exploring Detroit.

Jesus take the wheel (preferably of America because we are on a one way train to hell)

Multicultural America: This donut shop has been in the neighborhood for over 30 years. It was possibly owned by a Romanian family - it still has borek, a phyllo dough pastry - on its menu, but it is now owned by Yemenis and staffed by Bengalis who serve the good old American donut to just about everybody. They're getting ready for Paczki Day, the Polish equivalent of Fat Tuesday where everyone gorges on the paczki (pronounced ponchki). I stopped in for a coffee yesterday. The staff will come in at 3 am to prepare for the hordes of customers who will be lining up outside. "I have just one individual order for 140," this server told me. Abe Lincoln seems to be watching over all the pastries, too. #thisisamerica #immigrants #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #michigan #detroit #hamtramck

Portraits of those who were killed during the Euromaidan protests of 2014 in the basement of a Ukrainian Catholic Church in Michigan. Anti-government demonstrations and civil unrest occurred after then-president Victor Yanukovych suspended an agreement with the European Union. He soon fled the country as protests grew. The photo of the man with the beard in the middle is of Serhiy Nigoyan, an Armenian-Ukrainian activist who was the first protestor killed by shooting during the unrest. The events and what followed is clearly still on the minds of many Ukrainian-Americans. #ukraine #michigan #hamtramck

I spent my morning inside this magnificent Ukrainian Catholic Church for a story, learning about Ukrainian immigration to America. The Parish recently celebrated their 100th anniversary. #onassignment #ukraine #michigan #hamtramck


The intersection of art and the immigrant experience. #onassignment

This fantastic placemat by @gilda_davidian of items photographed from her parent's house is giving me major nostalgia. She's part of an art collective called ✨ This comfort post as I recover from all the insanity contained in America today also features a cactus pen given to me by @donttrysohard to remind me about all the sun in California I'm missing and chia pudding made by me.

Happy Valentine's Day from our no frills diner to yours 💕

Scenes from the Detroit-Hamtramck border. Many people have opinions on both Detroit and Hamtramck, some of which I addressed in my recent @teenvogue piece (link in bio). But really they should come see it for themselves and meet the people who actually live here. They might be shocked to find that they like it. #detroit #nobannowall #immigration #immigrants

Oh just back in Detroit

I'm just a very low end Kim K on my American Airlines jet, seat 14 F with peanuts and a drink thank you very much.

Happy Birthday to the world's best Alina 💕🏆