The day was hot. The lively sounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival surrounded us—speakers presenting on stage, a parade of Catalonian giant puppets, passersby chatting about what to eat for lunch, and music from an Armenian avant-garde jazz band off in the distance.
We live our lives through language, and it’s often assumed to be a direct index of who we are. But identity is more complicated than that. As we move and adapt to new contexts, which languages we speak, and with whom, changes.
To understand immigrants’ experiences, we must look beyond media portrayals of the delinquent or success story.
This year the American Anthropological Association continued its collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to produce On the Move. Supported by material from the Association’s World on the Move, On the Move enables presenters and visitors to explore how decades of movement of people to and from the United States has shaped American culture, all […]
São Paulo rappers are remaking the cultural space of the city. We’ve joined forces with AAA’s public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to run an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. Current events continue to remind us that migration is a […]
Immigrant parents are the original DREAMers. The research considers us successful because we made it to college. I think we wouldn’t be here without our parents. That’s just the bottom line. Our parents had so much personal drive and so much dedication to bring us to where we are now that there’s no way that […]
Examining the migratory pathways of a global reproductive industry. We’ve joined forces with AAA’s latest public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to launch an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. American reproductive travelers I met Valerie at a Czech […]
“A living cultural museum,” would be the best way to describe the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The outdoor festival that spans two weeks provides an opportunity to listen to music, observe and partake in the making of crafts and eat cuisine from around the world. This year’s Festival focused on the Basque Country and the culturally […]