By Hieu Q. Nguyen For The Catholic MessengerThe flight from Vietnam to the United States was long, but my family and I landed safely on July 25, 2008. My relatives in Davenport picked us up at the Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill. In my mind, I was thinking, “I can’t believe I am here in America and I’m seeing my grandparents.” I felt happy to meet my grandfather and the others. Personally, I was glad that I finally made it to America.
By Hieu Q. Nguyen For The Catholic MessengerWhen I was 11 years old I began learning English, and my interest in America was born. I began to dream about coming to America. Three years later that dream came true when my family emigrated from Vietnam to Iowa. Still, I often reflect on the life I had in Vietnam. I lived in a brick house in Binh Chanh, a suburban district of Saigon. We had enough space to place two mopeds and two bikes. My parents raised chickens; we also had cats and dogs.
Feliks Garcia was working on this essay when he suddenly passed away on February 24, 2017. In tandem with its publication, Executive Editor Mimi Wong has memorialized him at our Medium blog. The office of Central Health is almost empty at eight in the morning. I had anticipated an overflowing waiting room and, despite my appointment, at least an hour long wait. Government agencies are generally slow, always full, and there’s never an easier way. But this isn’t so bad.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".