Title

Greeks In Washington: An Ethnographic Study

Presenter Information

Stavroula Athan

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

This ethnographic research project will be focused on the immigration, settlement, and practices of the Greek community into the greaterSeattle area. This culture has been making its mark in Washington through their rich cultural heritage in the forms of food and festivals, as well as religion and cultural displays of dance. Though many assume that assimilation for Greeks would be simple, there are still assimilation barriers that they must cross. Language in their case would be a big one, also their religious viewpoints and the way they choose to raise their families have received scrutiny over the years. My research will be focusing on the effectiveness of the assimilation into American culture through the generations. I want to look at how they effectively keep their culture alive,while making concessions to the American ways. The family structure and value system is something that will play a big part in this, and to gain a better understanding of this particular facet of greek culture, I plan on interviewing various people from different age groups to see the success rates of their families financially and in terms of assimilation, education, and happiness.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Nelson Pichardo

Additional Mentoring Department

Sociology

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Greeks In Washington: An Ethnographic Study

SURC 137A

This ethnographic research project will be focused on the immigration, settlement, and practices of the Greek community into the greaterSeattle area. This culture has been making its mark in Washington through their rich cultural heritage in the forms of food and festivals, as well as religion and cultural displays of dance. Though many assume that assimilation for Greeks would be simple, there are still assimilation barriers that they must cross. Language in their case would be a big one, also their religious viewpoints and the way they choose to raise their families have received scrutiny over the years. My research will be focusing on the effectiveness of the assimilation into American culture through the generations. I want to look at how they effectively keep their culture alive,while making concessions to the American ways. The family structure and value system is something that will play a big part in this, and to gain a better understanding of this particular facet of greek culture, I plan on interviewing various people from different age groups to see the success rates of their families financially and in terms of assimilation, education, and happiness.