The last time I stepped foot in Malden, Massachusetts, I had barricaded myself in the house of my graduate school buddy, Charlie for a month in 1993. We were studying for our doctoral comprehensive exams and we both passed! Needless to say, lost in the works of 19th century sociological theorists, I experienced little of the town at that time.
Here was my chance to experience Malden. My daughter had a teen event at Boda Borg, a gaming quest experience at their facility downtown and I got to drive her there. What an unanticipated delight! Who would have thought that little Malden, Massachusetts could be such a happening place on a Sunday afternoon?
Malden is one of the most diverse small cities in Massachusetts. In the Indian restaurant where I ate home-cooked dal and rice, one of the patrons there told me that students at the local high school hail from over thirty different countries and speak over twenty different languages. Twenty percent of the population is Asian, primarily from China and Vietnam. I passed by at least ten Asian restaurants and juice bars on my walk. An Indian grocer directed me to that Indian restaurant around the corner. I saw women walking down the streets in hijab. I saw other women in saris.