Briefs: Sharing Recipes, Immigrant Friends and a Love of Books
Feet in 2 Worlds reports on a multimedia project that lets people share recipes from their family’s heritage and on a social media site that works like Facebook for U.S. immigrants, while El Diario/La Prensa offers details on the upcoming Dominican Book Fair.
* Feet in 2 Worlds‘ story on the oral history project Feed Me a Story highlighted creators Laura Nova and Theresa Loong. The two friends bonded over a love of food and immigrant roots — Nova’s Jewish ancestors came from Eastern Europe while Loong’s family hails from China. Their project “encourages people to share recipes from their family’s ethnic heritage.”
“We’re hoping to do a documentary-style video cookbook, and an accompanying app, so the user can upload their own stories connected to recipes and have those mapped and connected to other people who are doing the same thing,” Nova told Fi2W.
An Online Lounge for Immigrants
* In a similar effort of sharing information, Feet in 2 Worlds profiled Immilounge, a social media site that looks to connect immigrants to the United States with resources and fellow immigrants as a means of making the grueling process a little bit easier. The excerpt below is accompanied by a podcast in the original article.
By founding Immilounge, Brian Nguah, a young entrepreneur from Kenya, is trying to appeal to immigrants in the United States. The platform promises to connect immigrants to resources they need and provide a place for communities to share experiences and support others through the difficult transitions of moving to a new country.
Nguah says he’s creating Immilounge based on his own experiences as an immigrant, and his need for a community like the one he hopes to build. But Immilounge faces challenges unique to a social media start-up. In appealing to immigrants, Immilounge must compete with local newspapers and community groups, as well as family and friends that immigrants already turn to for support. Language barriers and a lack of internet access are also obstacles that Immilounge must contend with when growing their membership base.
Sixth Annual Dominican Book Fair
* El Diario/La Prensa [link in Spanish] preps readers for the sixth annual Dominican Book Fair [Feria del Libro Dominicano] in New York, which will be held Sept. 28-30 at Boricua College, 155th Street and Broadway. The over 125 activities for all ages include readings, lectures, panels and plays. This year’s book fair will honor writers Dinorah Coronado and César Sánchez Beras for their contributions to children’s literature in the Dominican Republic. The free opening show will take place at United Palace Theater in Upper Manhattan on Friday, Sept. 28 and feature Dominican artists.
Get a glimpse into the Dominican Book Fair from 2010. An episode of CUNY TV’s Nueva York, a show in Spanish on Latino culture in New York, featured the art and culture of the Dominican Republic and included coverage of the fourth Dominican Book Fair (segment starts at 2:06).