When New York Times reporter Tanzina Vega was asked what has surprised her most since taking on the paper's newly established "race beat," she replied: "In Paterson, N.J., I was talking to Arab-Americans about their ethnic and racial identity. Many of the people I talked to wanted to avoid the issue and questioned why the United States was so obsessed with race at all." But the lessons didn't stop there: Vega, a native New Yorker, finally learned to drive!