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Researchers to Discuss the Changing Neighborhoods of Queens
Contact: Maria Matteo Maria Terrone
  (718) 997-5590 (718) 997-5591


NEW YORK, March 19, 2003 -- The Asian/American Center at Queens College will present a panel discussion and reception on March 25 to celebrate publication of Becoming American, Being Indian: An Immigrant Community in New York City by Madhulika S. Khandelwal, and Hispanas de Queens: Latino Panethnicity in a New York City Neighborhood by Milagros Ricourt and Ruby Danta, both issued recently by Cornell University Press.

The two books complete a six-volume study of the impact of immigration and racial change on Elmhurst, Corona, and other Queens neighborhoods conducted by the college’s New Immigrants and Old Americans project between 1982 and 2002. Directed by Roger Sanjek, professor of anthropology, the research team included white, African American, Chinese, Korean, Dominican, Cuban, and Indian researchers, and covered civic politics, small business, houses of worship, public festivals and ceremonies, immigrant associations, family life, and inter-ethnic relations.

The March 25 program will take place on the fourth floor of the Queens College Student Union. It will begin with a panel discussion by the study’s authors between 3 and 5 pm, and be followed by a reception from 5 to 6:30. The panel will cover all six of the study’s volumes, including Chinatown No More: Taiwan Immigrants in Contemporary New York by Hsiang-shui Chen, The Korean American Dream: Immigrants and Small Business in New York City by Kyeyoung Park, Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community by Steven Gregory, and The Future of Us All: Race and Neighborhood Politics in New York City by Professor Sanjek.

In addition to honoring the two new books, the reception will celebrate the J. I. Staley Prize recently presented to Professor Sanjek. Awarded annually by the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Staley prize of $10,000 is considered the most prestigious book prize in the field of anthropology.

The New Immigrants and Old Americans project based its study of white and black established residents and new Latin American and Asian immigrants in Elmhurst-Corona (Community District 4), which New York’s Department of City Planning calls “perhaps the most ethnically mixed community in the world.” From there team members branched into Flushing, Jackson Heights, North Corona, East Elmhurst, and other Queens neighborhoods. In addition to the authors of the six books, several Queens College undergraduates and community residents participated in the research. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Elmhurst Economic Development Corporation and other sources.


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