Philadelphia is the birthplace of America’s democracy and a world-class city at the heart of a world-class region—an international destination with a richly woven fabric of global communities, organizations, and businesses. For more than three centuries, the world’s peoples have come here to find new opportunities and dream of a better future. Over the same period, Philadelphia has been exporting its ideas, energy, and products to friends and neighbors all over the world. Whether you are a visitor or a regional resident, this site is your portal to everything that’s international in our region. Discover what’s global about Philadelphia!
There's always something for the global citizen to do in the Philadelphia region! Take in a world music concert or attend an ethnic festival. Participate in a conference or symposium on an international topic at one of the region's distinguished colleges and universities or research institutes. Attend a public reception for visitors from another country or a talk by a senior foreign policy official.
Link to their events page: http://globalphiladelphia.org/events
Book Description: American Odysseys is an anthology of 22 writers drawn from the shortlist for the 2011 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature. Including work by Dinaw Mengestu, Téa Obreht, Yiyun Li, and introduced by poet Charles Simic, this collection is proof, if any be needed, that the heterogeneity of American society is its greatest asset.
Excerpt from "Doorway to America" by Lee Dennis, Historic Preservation, Vol. 30, no. 2, April - June 1978, p.12
"Back in the 17th century a mere spit of land off the tip of Manhattan, in what is now upper New York City Bay, hardly seemed destined to channel an estimaged two-thirds of the United States population through its portals. Ellis Island, weatherbeaten and desolate, its role in the nation's development all but forgotten, stands almost within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty."
Image source: Circulating collection, Immigration, Ellis Island.
Image origin: Historic Preservation, Vol. 30, no. 2, April - June 1978, p.16
"In the early years of the last century, immigrants crowded famed Ellis Isalnd in New York harbor. More than15 million of them entered the United States between 1900 and 1925 after being processed on the island. This picture shows immigrants eating in on the island's many dining rooms in 1921."
Image and text source: Print and Picture Collection, Circulating collection, immigration, Ellis Island, 1921, Evening Bulletin. Free Lbirary of Philadelphia
South Philadlephia High School was originally built in 1907 as the Southern Manual Training High School for boys but when the Philadelphia School Disctrict took over its administration it became a three year training facilty for immigrant children.
Images Source: Evening Bulletin, 5/1/50. Print and Picture Collection, Circulating collection, Immigrants. Free Library of Philadelphia
The mission of The Children’s Advocacy Project (CAP) is to help bridge the gap between the many quality social service agencies in the Philadelphia area and the families that need their help the most. To bridge this gap, we aim to empower and to inform those that care for the children of Philadelphia through this web site. The CAP will assist families, health care professionals, and social service providers by furnishing the tools necessary to connect families in need to the appropriate social service agencies that serve them.
Link to their services page: http://cap4kids.org/philadelphia/parent-handouts/immigration-refugee-services/
This Philadelphia-based musical group, specializing in Zydeco, Cajun, and classic New Orleans Rhythm & Blues will have you stomping your feet and dancing in the aisles!
Link to their website: http://www.zydecoagogo.com/
From Fandango to Flamenco, from the Courts of France and Italy to Madrid and the Gypsy camps, join the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in celebrating the shared heritage that is now the hallmark of Spanish dance. With colorful costumes and energetic dances, Spain will come to life.
Link to their website: http://www.alboradadance.org/
GlobalPhilly 2013: Southeast by Southeast | Burmese and Nepali Marketplace | Saturday, October 26, 2013, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Come experience Southeast by Southeast, a public art project with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, at the Parkway Central Library during GlobalPhilly 2013. Burmese- and Nepali-designed screen printing, artisan crafts, and basic Burmese conversation will be featured. T-shirts will be provided for screen printing, but they are limited; bring your own additional material on which to print.
West Hallway Gallery, 2nd floor
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
For more information about Southeast by Southeast: http://www.muralarts.org/southeast
Born in Hindu temples more than 2,000 years ago, Indian dance is movement, mime, and music in equal measure. Adorned with beautiful costumes, jewelry, and makeup replicating a temple sculpture, Ramya Ramnarayan and her dancers evoke the profound emotions and complex rhythmic patterns that brings this mystic view of the universe to life.
Link to her website: http://www.nrithyanjali.org/
Enjoy stores that inform, educate, and enrich while celebrating the African and African-American oral tradition performed by the Philadelphia ensemble group, Keepers of the Culture.
LInk to their website: http://www.angelfire.com/pa5/kotc/