News, culture & curiosities in Greater Danbury, Connecticut, New England, and the Milky Way.

A still from 'Scientifically Accurate Duck Tales' by Animation Domination High-Def, which is horrifying.
A still from 'Scientifically Accurate Duck Tales' by Animation Domination High-Def, which is horrifying.
Steven and Sandy, the subjects of Debbie Lum's 'seeking asian female.' Photo by Debbie Lum.

Documentary: White Men Who Love Asian Women

Mercurial Staff

  seeking asian female is an eccentric modern love story about Steven and Sandy—an aging white man with “yellow fever” who is obsessed with marrying any Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online. Debbie Lum, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents and narrates… Read more »

Take Time Relaxation Center and Art Gallery, Bethel CT
DJ Xoli Ngcoza.

From South Africa to the World: House Music

Xoliswa Ngcoza

  South Africa, the country of Ubuntu, a country with 11 official languages. We survived the Apartheid era, and now we are making history with our own house music. Music has always played a big part in our lives, and it is still finding a… Read more »

Bortolleto, right, and other protestors at McMahon's Bridgeport campaign office on Oct. 24. Photo: Brian Lockhart / CT.

On Immigration, McMahon Hasn’t Answered All Questions

Camila Bortolleto

  Linda McMahon, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Connecticut, has been relatively scant on details regarding her political stances, especially when it comes to immigration. After being silent on the issue for most of campaign season aside from a brief mention in an April… Read more »


Undocumented Voices: What About my Mother?


  My story is not too different from the rest of the DREAMers out there. Like many, I migrated when I was a toddler – five years old to be precise. I was born in Mexico City, but my family is from Morelos, Oaxaca. My mother… Read more »


Undocumented Voices: Guadalupe


  Ever since I can remember, school has always been my main priority. When I was younger I remember seeing my parents worn out from work and telling me “si no quieres trabajar como nosotros toda tu vida, Estudia!” I always had and still have… Read more »


Should Immigrants Take Action with Deferred Action?

Matthew Beres

  On June 15, a Department of Homeland Security memorandum by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced President Obama’s immigration policy directive, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which goes into effect today.   Undocumented immigrant advocacy groups, immigration lawyers, and illegal/undocumented immigrants have been… Read more »


“A Day” Global Photography Project Launches May 15

Amanda Bloom

Expressions of Humankind (EoH), a Swedish non-profit foundation supporting photography and writing-focused research and education, is asking the world to take a photograph on Tuesday, May 15 as a part of it’s “A Day” project.   A Day is to be a global effort aiming… Read more »

National Eating Disorders Association

Being Young and Gay in Ethnic Communities

Denise Roberts

There are a lot of phrases that a young woman does not want to hear, particularly in a salon.   “Get out. I don’t want that around me. I don’t like it and it makes me sick,” recounted Milla [name has been changed], 21, in… Read more »

KONY 2012: Don’t Jump to Conclusions

Robert Rae

by Leigh Scudder from The Echo You have probably seen your friends posting links to something called “Kony 2012” on whichever social networking site you use. If you haven’t watched the heart wrenching video, I recommend you do. The short film Kony 2012 is by… Read more »

The Controversy of Women’s History

Robert Rae

from For Beginners As we enter the third week of Women’s History month, we’re taking a look at the decline of women representatives in Congress. For the first time in thirty years the number of women representing American citizens fell in the 112th Congress. After… Read more »

Tibet’s Kalon Tripa Speaks at WestConn

Robert Rae

by Peter Parisi from The Echo WHEN THE DALAI LAMA announced he was relinquishing all political control of Tibet in the spring of 2011, just weeks before the final election for the Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) was to occur, one of the three remaining candidates… Read more »

A Tale of Two Worlds

Robert Rae

by Tausif Noor from Thought Catalog I come from two worlds. One is a land far, far away, where barefoot little girls with gold studs through their noses carry children barely younger than they are on slender hips, coconut oil combed carefully through their plaited… Read more »

Welcome to the Transition Movement

Robert Rae

by Aurelio Muraca Yes folks, it’s a time of vast change for many people in many ways. Let’s face it, the system that industrial world was built on is kaput. The change is going to hurt, it’s not going to be fun, and it’s happening… Read more »

Five Days in Paris

Robert Rae

by Chelsea Coon THE LOUVRE is magnificent, as is Paris itself.  One night, over glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon at a night cafe facing the west side of the Louvre, we made it a goal to live there someday… by Chelsea Coon   The Louvre is… Read more »

Ital is Vital, and Other Lessons from da Jamaican Bush

Robert Rae

by Lindsay Chimileski I knew I would be in for an unique education when I enrolled at University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, but I did not know that a few test-cramming months later, I would be in the Jamaican bush… by Lindsay Chimileski… Read more »

The Week in Brief: Fracking, Poetry and Bad Credit

Robert Rae

by Joshua L. Durkin The environment gets gassed, the national debt clocks in at $14.3 trillion and no one is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. by Joshua L. Durkin     CO2Now is reporting that the atmospheric carbon dioxide reading has hit… Read more »

Pillow Fight!!

Robert Rae

by Leah Glazer I followed a trail of floating feathers from the 14th Street subway stop to Union Square this past Saturday.  The sun beamed down on a roaring mass of people flailing about the park’s lampposts and statues. Feathers and stuffing clung to people’s… Read more »