Claudia Kolker

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  • 20 years ago | Longform

    Ever since that day in 1981 when she rode a grimy bus into Houston, a 12-year-old dispatched to support her family back in Guatemala, Maria has been almost invisible. Granted, Maria, who asks not to reveal her full name, sought at least part of he...

  • 20 years ago | Longform

    To a traveler passing by on the highway, Brookside Village, a tiny, blue-collar community 30 minutes southeast of Houston, seems the picture of bucolic tranquillity. If, that is, you happen to notice it: for anyone driving along FM 518, the main d...

  • 20 years ago | Longform

    From the moment he steps out onto the steep driveway near the small house in Austin, Zeng Geng Zeng knows something is very wrong. "The road is higher than the front door. That's bad," Zeng informs his host. "And your driveway -- too straight. Als...

  • 20 years ago

    Late on the afternoon of February 19, after the low rider car enthusiasts, the stunned schoolboys on low rider bikes and the somber-faced friends dressed in zoot suits had all paid their respects, Joel Carmona's widow met her late husband's collea...

  • 20 years ago | Longform

    In a cramped pocket of a shop on the Eastex Freeway recently, Joe Coleman, co-owner of Coleman's Men's Wear, stepped back to watch a suit turn a regular man into a prince. "It's something else, huh?" said Coleman's client, a portly fellow named Ri...

  • 20 years ago | Longform

    Carlos Martinez has never met Lupita, a young Mexican woman who's just called him up in distress. You wouldn't know it, though, to hear their conversation. Lupita thinks she's pregnant, and Martinez is clucking sympathetically from his studio at K...

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