People came to this new land and brought with them their languages and customs. Although immigrant groups naturally tended to reside together in neighborhoods, the fact that they were all "strangers in a strange land"was one unifying force among the different communities. Immigrant communmities were exposed to and integrated with other communities and cultures- in schools and markets and public events.
In entering "Grandfather's Virtual Kitchen", we celebrate the notion that people tend to congregate in their kitchen and that this is where some of the best stories are told. Around a table we can tell the stories of immigrant families, their dreams, struggles and their relationships with other communities. The purpose of "Grandfather's Virtual Kitchen " is to portray the stories of immigrant families and how, over time, positive relationships between different communities have developed. It is far more interesting and relevant for us to explore examples of how communities can co-exist with tolerance and mutual respect.
©2000, David Greenfield