Mrs. J. Pratt teaching a Chinese girl the first rules of the language.
Photo credit: Underwood
Image source: Print and Picture collection, Circulating collection, immigration. Free Library of Philadelphia
Excerpt from "Chinatown History"
During the late 1840s, many Chinese laborers, mostly male, starting coming into the United States. They were drawn to the states due to the rumors and promises of higher wages. This was during the time of the civil war and economic stagnation in their home town of China. Many of these Chinese wanted to strike it rich by coming to work in the states, and possibly find gold. They were to return to their hometown once they received the gold to live high with their families. Many of the Chinese did not strike it rich and lived in poverty for the majority of their lives. Discriminatory laws prevented most of the Chinese to establish families within the United States. This was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
Link to the website and full article: http://www.philadelphia-chinatown.info/chinatown-history.html
Book description, from Publisher's Weekly: As more Americans adopt Chinese children, the bookshelves fill with firsthand accounts of their experiences. Perhaps because many adoptions are preceded by infertility issues, most of these memoirs are written by women. So this, a father's account of going to China with his wife to adopt their first and second daughters, is particularly useful. Gammage, a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, had been happily married without children for many years, although he knew his wife really wanted children. By the time they discovered they couldn't have biological children, the best option was adopting from China. While there were tensions over their first daughter's medical problems (an infected scalp injury), both adoptions went reasonably smoothly. Back home, Gammage wrestled with his mixed feelings about the birth parents and his burden of good fortune, that guilty knowledge that his own happiness came from someone else's misfortune. Realizing that his own relationship to China was being shaped by the process of raising two Chinese girls, he ends this upbeat memoir by wondering about the impact of this new wave of immigrants on the future of Sino-American relations.
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English for Chinese (Cantonese) Speakers: Basic Program presents a beginning language-learning program designed to teach the listener English in progressive steps, without the use of reading materials.
English for Mandarin Chinese Speakers presents a beginning language-learning program designed to teach the listener English in progressive steps without the use of reading materials.
Image Source: Harvey Finkle Photography: "Images of Peace and Justice" — An Interview with Harvey Finkle http://www.philaplace.org/story/573/
The mission of the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia is to improve the quality of life of Cambodian-Americans in Greater Philadelphia through direct service, advocacy and cultural education.
Link to their website: http://cagp.org/
Book description: "When readers first met Loung Ung in her critically acclaimed memoir, First They Killed My Father, she was a young, innocent child in Cambodia. But forced by the Khmer Rouge into the life of a child soldier, she soon found herself locked in a desperate struggle for survival in Cambodia's notorious killing fields. In Lucky Child, her life took a turn. As a refugee in Vermont, she grappled with post-traumatic stress, cultural assimilation roadblocks, and the abandonment of her sister in Cambodia. Now, Lulu in the Sky tells the next chapter in Ung's life, revealing her daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while she attends college and falls in love with Mark Priemer, a Midwestern archetype of American optimism. Lulu in the Sky is the story of Ung's tentative steps into love, activism, and marriage--a journey that takes her to a Cambodian village to reconnect with her mother's spirit, to a vocation focused on healing the landscape of her birth, and to the patience and unconditional support of a very special man" -- p.  of cover.
Learn to speak English for the Khmer speaker.
Excerpt from "Indian population booming in Philadelphia area" by Michael Matza and Joelle Farrell, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writers, July 03, 2011
"The region's Indian population grew enormously last decade, doubling to more than 80,000 in South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania and climbing as much as 200 percent in parts of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, according to the 2010 U.S. Census."
Link ot the full article and image source: Philly.com, http://articles.philly.com/2011-07-03/news/29733219_1_indian-churches-immigrant-physician-training
Book description: Review from Publisher Weekly - In this blisteringly intelligent if structurally suspect novel, Hyder (1926–2007) explores Dhaka's turbulent 20th century and its violent transformations from a British-ruled Indian city to capital of an independent Bangladesh. The story centers on several students from Bengal's middle and wealthy classes, who in the late 1930s begin flirting with Marxism and dreams of freeing India from British rule. They are male and female, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, and atheist, and their divergent family histories showcase a blended culture, the epitome of which is a crucial romance between Deepali, a daring Hindu girl, and Rehan, a suave, London School of Economics-educated Muslim rebel. Though their radical political gestures are less convincing than their mutual attraction, it is their political ideology, much more than religion or class bias, that defines their generation and separates it from the previous one. The novel is rich with historical and socioeconomic analysis, and though Hyder has trouble integrating everything into a cohesive narrative, the resulting story--clumsy, illuminating, challenging, digressive--begs to be savored less for its moving parts than for its sociopolitical commentary and Hyder's love for Bengal.
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English for Hindi Speakers presents a beginning language learning program designed to teach the listener English in progressive steps without the use of reading materials.
Excerpt from "Immigration to the City of Philadelphia: An Economic and Historical Overview" by Daniel Amsterdam, Philadelphia Migration Project, Working Paper, December 2007
By 1990 Koreans also made up a sizeable proportion of Asian immigrants in Philadelphia. Middle-class Koreans, frustrated with opportunities in their own country, proved ready to take advantage of the 1965 immigration law’s skills-based employment preference system. Others obtained professional training in the United States and were able to remain here. Once settled, Korean immigrants sponsored their relatives’ visa petitions. Those that joined more established professional Koreans in the United States often had similarly high levels of education as their predecessors but struggled to transfer their credentials or to overcome an initial language barrier. These immigrants gravitated toward small business ownership, often experiencing considerable downward mobility for a time. Korean entrepreneurs established commercial districts in North Philadelphia,West Philadelphia Germantown, and, in recent years, nearby Upper Darby.
Link to the full article: http://www.history.upenn.edu/philamigrationproject/paper_02.pdf
Korean Community Development Services Center (KCDSC) was established as a non-profit organization in 1985 with the goal of providing a comprehensive array of services for low to moderate income individuals in the community. Our strategy is to establish a one-stop comprehensive service in cooperation with outside agencies in order to provide all necessary services for our clients.
Link to their website: http://koreancenter.org/
English for Korean Speakers presents a beginning language learning program designed to teach the listener English in progressive steps without the use of reading materials.
Excerpt from "Immigrants Helping Revitalize Philadelphia" by Matthew Yglesias, May 22, 2009, Thinkprogressive.org
When thinking about the immigrant role in the urban retail ecology, you also see the positive-sum aspects of immigration. When Vietnamese immigrants come to an area and open a banh mi shop, for example, that is competition with existing sandwich outlets. But banh mi is an imperfect substitute for other culinary options and vice versa. The immigrants haven’t just added such-and-such number of new labor inputs, they’ve put genuinely new capital into play (in terms of recipes, skills, and at times kinds of equipment) and expanded the choice set. And you see this sort of thing to an extent up and down the ladder of “cultural products”—not just food, but music, movies, television, advertising, video games, architecture, design, etc.—which are enormously important to the American economy.
Link to the full article: http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2009/05/22/193059/immigrants-helping-revitalize-philadelphia/
Book description: Now people can enjoy the bold, spicy, fresh flavors of Vietnamese food at home. Includes 125 recipes, master recipes for stocks and sauces, and a photo ID guide to ingredients.
Product desription: English for Vietnamese speakers