Reviews and Blog Posts: Plaza Voices

Plaza Voices: Care for All

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

Plaza Voices: The Local and Global Reach of Games

No matter where in the world you find yourself, you will always see games being played. Games not only provide a great channel for opening up & getting to know others better, but can also help develop important critical thinking and strategy building skills that transfer into other areas of life. They are one of the oldest ways known for bringing people together and are an important component of any culture.

Plaza Voices: My Journey -- Learning English

Naghem S., our regular contributor & Plaza staff member writes: 

Plaza Voices: Mahatma Gandhi

Naghem S., our regular contributor & Plaza staff member writes:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

October 2 is a national holiday in India because it is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Gandhi, born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was an anti-war activist and a lawyer. His life legacy is the philosophical ideology of Satyagrana, meaning insistence of truth.

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!).

Plaza Voices: Libros Prohibidos

Last week marked the close of the 33rd annual Banned Books Week, a nationwide celebration of our freedom to read. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. 311 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom last year, not including the many other unreported ones.

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: My Journey--Coming to America

The Statue of Liberty

Naghem S., a Plaza staff member, writes:

I asked my father why he came to the United States. Below is his story, and essentially the beginning of my story, for if it wasn’t for my father’s sacrifice I wouldn't be here today to share this with you.

"At a young age, I always knew that I was going to be drafted into the Iraqi Armed Forces. It was a nightmare of mine because while I was proud and honored to serve my country, the president was an absolute dictator. To say “No” would mean death to me, my family, and everyone who ever knew me.

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.

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