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.
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.
Personal stories are fascinating. They enliven history, putting events into a context we can understand. They bridge the gaps between our own experiences and those of others, as we see common human concerns arise in circumstances vastly different from our own. More than anything, personal histories help us to empathize with people whose lives we may have never imagined.
What an enjoyable story. The Boston Girl is about Addie Baum who is now 85 and is being interviewed by her granddaughter Ava. Addie has had her share of deep sorrows and great joys. She was born in 1900 to immigrant parents and has lived through many changes – cultural,...
Immigration is in the news, not just here in the U.S. but around the world. This week we bring you a selection of international films that explore the immigrant experience, both here and across the globe.
Moving away from one’s home can be one of the most challenging life experiences. Having come to Denver via Oklahoma City myself just one year ago, I can certainly vouch for there being a period of readjustment -- one has to discover all new neighborhoods, meet all new friends and perhaps reconnect with old ones. In short, one must create an everyday existence that is different from what was there before. But what about adjusting to a place where both the language and the culture are completely foreign?
Each year on July 4th, the Carnegie Corporation of New York celebrates by honoring a group of distinguished American citizens, taking out a full page add in the New York Times. The people featured are writers, chemists, architects, entrepreneurs, chess masters, actors, astronauts and cellists. They are athletes, politicians, doctors, and engineers. What do all these people have in common, aside from their impressive accomplishments and their status as U.S. citizens?
Though the article, "Connecting Latinos with Libraries," focuses particularly on Spanish-speakers, Plaza programs are designed to engage international migrants from all over the world, as well as other community members, regardless of their background or native language.
Did you know that we have over 75 unique neighborhoods in Denver? We speak 145 different languages here! In our city, every immigrant has a story, and every community has a voice. The "How I Made It" program series broadcasts immigrant voices and sparks conversations between immigrants and native-born communities--about success and innovation, hard work and inspiration, challenges and opportunities. About making it here in America.