September 27, 2016

BROOKLYN CRICKET

For The New York Times

For two weeks I followed the Brooklyn International High School cricket team with New York Times writer, Michael Powell. The high school is housed in an old torpedo factory that is comprised of 370 students from over 40 countries, and all students have been in the U.S. for less than four years. The team plays in the only public high school cricket league in the United States, and their team is coached by Paul Allen, a veteran BIHS teacher from Long Island who named the mostly Bangladeshi team the “Buckeyes” after his Ohio State alma mater. On the surface it is a story about what high school cricket looks like in New York City, but deeper it is a story about American assimilation. The assimilation is reciprocal: as these new residents figure out their new lives in New York, the city figures out how to grow with them.

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