Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

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Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

From the Director

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According to New York State's Office of New Americans, one in four New York State adults of working age are foreign born and almost one-third of New York's business owners are immigrants. Our state's diversity provides a tapestry of colors and patterns of culture, language, and arts that enriches us all. Although New York City has been historically the destination for immigrants, Upstate New York has most recently benefitted from newcomers. For example, in rural New York, Bhutanese farmers are providing expertise on dairy farms (1) and providing their skills as yogurt makers for New York-based yogurt makers Siggis and Chobani. Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica have all turned to refugee and immigrant populations to revive their population bases, as the postindustrial situation has left vacant houses and dwindling school enrollments, where once there were vibrant communities. Newcomers to our state are repopulating neighborhoods once again, and corner grocery stores and restaurants are providing housewares, clothing, food, and spices that bring a global perspective.

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, the New York Folklore Society will explore some of the nuances of cultural encounter through a daylong symposium, CULTURAL MIGRATION: DISPLACEMENT AND RENEWAL. The symposium will take place in partnership with the Castellani Museum of Niagara University. It will begin with artists' workshops (by invitation only), followed by a public event on Friday evening, April 7, 2017. Saturday's sessions (April 8, 2017) will include formal presentations, as well as a conference format that encourages discussion and dialogue. We hope that you will "Save the Date," and join us at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. …

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