In July, 2018, China imposed tariffs on many American goods and products, including its highly coveted Maine lobsters. In just one year, export sales of the tasty crustaceans plummeted by more than 80%, forcing American companies exporting to China to make drastic changes. VOA's Julie Taboh traveled to the northeastern state of Maine to learn first-hand about the economic impact of Chinese tariffs on the industry.
2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the shores of Colonial North America. A lot has happened for African Americans since that dark chapter in American history. VOA’s Julie Taboh caught up with father and son artists who are commemorating the anniversary with a unique project.
The coal industry in West Virginia once played a major role in the state's economy. But as mines closed, miners and many others affected by industry shutdowns found themselves unemployed. Now they -- and other West Virginians looking to make extra money -- are finding a sweet alternative for their livelihood; harvesting honeybees. VOA’s Julie Taboh traveled to the southern region of the state to see how it’s being done.