Central Asia

October 25th, 2011  |  By Round Earth Media

A Bias for Boys

In India, aborting a fetus based on its sex is illegal, but the practice is common due to a societal preference for boys. Up to 12 million abortions have occurred as a result of sex selection. Reporter Hanna Ingber Win gains unusual insight into this quiet practice and its implication for one family near Mumbai.
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March 4th, 2010  |  By Mary Stucky

The Girls of Janata Vasahat BY LYNETTE LAMB

front of busFrom Pune, India, here is Lynette Lamb, a Minneapolis editor and writer (she’s the blond at the far right in the photo). Many of us wonder what we can do to help alleviate some of the suffering and tragedy in the world. The importance of this began revealing itself to Lamb when she and her husband adopted two daughters from China. Here’s Lynette to explain what she was doing with those adorable girls in India:

As I was walking through a park one hot day last week in Pune, India, I spotted three flawless purple water lilies blooming in an algae-choked pond. There could be no more perfect metaphor for the ASHA girls of Pune’s Janata Vasahat community.

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May 2nd, 2009  |  By Round Earth Media

What’s Cooking? Dosas

Eating the Dosas

Rashmi and Kabir Sharma eating Dosas in their apartment just north of Delhi. | All Photos by Mary Stucky

Dosas are a a sort of thin crepe wrapped around a filling — often potatoes — as popular in India as pancakes here. Savory. Crispy. Eaten all day long. Making the perfect dosa starts days before it’s eaten.

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May 1st, 2009  |  By Round Earth Media

The Profile of a Ragpicker in India

ragpicker

Lekh Ram weighing newspapers at his shop in Ambala, India. | Photo by Michael Beebe

Throughout the world it’s sometimes surprising to find people still doing jobs that disappeared in wealthy countries centuries ago. One example: rag pickers. Men, women and even children who pick through trash, looking for items of value.

Today there are still millions of rag pickers in India. Only the lowest caste people do what is obviously an unpleasant and demeaning job. But Mary Stucky met a rag picker in Ambala Cantt, a city north of Delhi, who does this job with dignity and hopes to give his children a better future.

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May 14th, 1993  |  By Round Earth Media

One Thousand Tibetans

A man participates in Tibetan New Year religious ceremonies at the Tibetan cultural center in St. Paul, MN. | © Keri Pickett

A man participates in Tibetan New Year religious ceremonies at the Tibetan cultural center in St. Paul, MN. | © Keri Pickett

Followers of the Dalai Lama start a new life where it’s just as cold as Tibet…but a lot flatter. Minnesota meets an ancient culture in this documentary by Round Earth Productions’ Mary Losure.
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