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Riding Up Front With Immigrants' Stories

A new project hopes to increase tolerance by having passengers strike up conversations with their taxi and ride-hailing drivers.
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Maybe you remember what you ate the night you took a taxi to dinner, or the joke you told a friend as you shared an Uber; maybe the driver’s face is more of a blip in your memory. But Wei-En Tan knows that once you talk to them, their stories—in many cases, centered around struggles and aspirations as immigrants—tend to stay with you because of how relatable they are.

So Tan, a market strategist on clean energy, is getting passengers from across the globe to share their drivers’ stories through a new project called Riding Up Front. Launched just two weeks ago, the blog features posts written from the passengers’ memory, each illustrated by volunteer artists. There’s also an art gallery filled with artist submissions.