Reviews and Blog Posts: immigrant experience

Plaza Voices: New Americans Project Advisory Board

Are you interested in helping to shape services for immigrants at the Denver Public Library? Get involved and apply to the New Americans Project advisory board, a group of community members interested in immigrant, refugee, and asylee programs at the library. This board will meet bimonthly to give library staff guidance and feedback on how to better meet the needs of our City's newest residents. This board will be encouraged to support the goals of the New Americans Project and members are expected to serve a one-year term.

Plaza Voices: My Journey - Who am I?

Naghem S., our regular contributor and staff member at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library writes:

Who am I?

I find myself asking this question a lot, and I have yet to find a definite 100% answer. Yes I know who “I” am. I know my name, my parents, my religion, what foods I like, what my favorite color is and all of that jazz, but I don’t know where I belong.

I was born in Iraq to Iraqi born parents. Does that make me Iraqi?

Plaza Voices: Latino Americans - 500 Years of History

With more than 50 million individuals living in the United States, Latinos and Hispanics comprise the largest minority group in the country. Based on the 2014 Census estimate, almost 30% of individuals living in Denver are Latino and/or Hispanic. With such large numbers, it should come as no surprise that this group is anything but homogenous -- from newly sworn in U.S. citizens to second generation immigrants like myself, everyone has a very different story to tell and experiences had along the way to finding their own place in the United States.

Plaza Voices: Care for All

Lulu, a Plaza staff member & new contributor, writes:

Plaza Voices: Remembering the Dead

With Halloween creeping up right around the corner, you’ve probably also seen the iconic skull (calavera) and skeleton decorations commonly associated with the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos. Did you know Día de los Muertos is a public holiday in Mexico, and did not always coincide so directly with Halloween celebrations? Prior to 16th century colonization, it was celebrated during the beginning of summer, its roots going back almost 3,000 years to traditional Aztec festivities.

Plaza Voices: Global Hip Hop

Although hip hop was formed during the late 1960’s in the Bronx and has roots in traditional Jamaican music, there is no doubt its influence has traveled across the globe. Nearly every country in the world brings its own unique flavor of rap, mixing and re-mixing old familiar elements with foreign. Swedish rap, anyone? Ultimately, hip hop music tells a story that is distinctly individual and yet also reflective of a greater narrative, which is part of what gives it such wide appeal (well, this and a great beat!).

Just like us [the true story of four Mexican girls coming of age in America]

by Helen Thorpe

Reviewer Rating:
3

The book can be a little hard to get through because there are some very strong political views expressed, not by the writer, but by both sides of the debate. You wish that things had been different for these girls, especially since it can be seen as if there fate...

Plaza Voices: Immigrant Bazaar - "Far from home...homemade goods"

Naghem S., a Plaza staff member, writes:

On Saturday September 19, 2015, the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library hosted the Immigrant Bazaar. Merchants from all walks of life showcased their beautiful homemade goods. Along with tasty food and a gorgeous late summer day, this event is one to be remembered for days to come. Sitting under tents and enjoying the energetic environment, vendors supplied customers with an extensive variety of food, art, clothing, jewelry, and film.

Plaza Voices: Celebrating Citizenship Day!

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 654,949 people were welcomed as citizens in 2014. On September 17th, Citizenship Day will commemorate this milestone for new Americans. Becoming a citizen in the United States is often a joyous experience for new immigrants who spend years studying for the naturalization test.

Plaza Voices: The Boulder County Latino History Project

Cover of "La Gente," available at DPL

According to the Pew Research Center, Colorado is home to 1,071,000 Latinos, including immigrants and their descendants as well as Colorado natives, whose families were here before Colorado was part of the United States.

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