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It’s About Immigrants, Not Irishnesss

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For many on this side of the Atlantic, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t about Ireland. It’s about immigrants’ struggle and success in their new lives.

 

A day late and a dollar short, but this article is an insightful look into the complex relationship between ethnicity, immigration, geography and history.  Is the United States narrative taught as story of immigrants?  How long does one's family need to have lived in the United States to not identify with the plight of the immigrant?  

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Currywurst on the Street

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Michael Slackman, The Times's Berlin Bureau Chief, looks into the city's obsession with a popular street dish that combines sausage, ketchup and curry powder. 

 

The globalization of food, immigration and the diffusion of cultural practices are all richly displayed in this short clip. 

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Shelby Porter's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:36 PM

The globalization of food is becoming more apparent in todays culture than ever before. More and more restaurants from different parts of the world are showing up and alot of the food we as Americans are familar with are taking on some new ethnic influences. The currywurst is a great example of one country's culinary favorite around the time of WWII and enhancing it with an American and Indian by way of London flavor. And now it is one of the most popular treats someone can buy while in Germany. Many of our cultures foods are being influenced by others now and flavors are beginning to mix as well as our idea of where foods come from. The diffusion of cultural practices as well as the globalization of food will only grow stronger as time goes on, and so will our taste for a new culinary delight. 

Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, November 6, 2013 7:20 PM

Ahhh the currywurst on the street, well i thought this was great very informitive cultural video. The speical dish that is made and served among the streets in germany and all over,  it is thought to be a very weird and almost un appitizing meal to some one like my self.  However those food are very popular and prominate in there culture, just like certian foods, hotdog stands, flaffel carts and other foods that we enjoy have be come common in our culture. However I dont see currywurst hitting the streets of NYC any time soon.

Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:23 PM

The Currywurst sounds good but it seems that it will upset my stomach. I have a feeling it would. But it seems to be a hit were it is sold because that is what most people eat when they are on the streets burlin.

 

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The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

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First, does anyone really think that students will remember anything from the books' dull and lifeless paragraphs? Today's textbooks contain no stories of actual people.

 

I enjoy St. Patrick's Day as much as the next guy, but it is a time to re-evaluate the historical Irish-American experience as taught in schools.  The article argues that since most textbooks lack compelling personal narratives that convey the horros of the potato famine and the level of desperation that many 19th century immigrants felt, 21st century students fail to empathize with the plight of the Irish.  Primary source documents are great remedy to this and the article links you to some great ones from the Zinn Education Project.      

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