Chicago is home to possibly the broadest array of immigrants of any city in the United States. But there’s more to home than where shoes come off and soup simmers. There’s the homeland – the place, the memory, the heritage – and the multiple meanings it has for immigrants.
In a continuing unique collaboration with Chicago areaÂ ethnic news media, Immigrant Connect and the Community Media Workshop through its Chicago is Our Home project explored the relationships between immigrants and their homeland.
Fourteen ethnic media outlets collaborated on the project. They are Africa Today, Al-Moustaqbal-Future (Arab), Bulgaria Weekly, Draugas (Lithuanian) , Extra (Hispanic), Fra Noi (Italian), India Tribune, Korea Daily News , Pinoy Newsmagazine (Filipino), Informacje USA and Polsat 2 International (Polish), Reflejos (Hispanic), Reklama (Russian), Serbian Mirror (Ogledalo) and Urdu Times (Pakistani).
Find all our stories below —
Hope in Sudan: Rebuilding the homeland from Chicago – Africa Today
The stories were released in December 2010. Each ethnic media outlet addressed an angle that resonated for its own community. For non-English publications, the stories were translated into their respective languages.
Students at Northwestern University and its Medill School of Journalism reported and wrote the stories, while the publishers and editors helped shape the process through their work with Community Media Workshopâ€™s Ethnic News Media Project and Medillâ€™s Immigrant Connect project. The work is supported by grants from The Chicago Community Trustâ€™s Community News Matters project, the McCormick Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation.
This is the third in the continuing partnership linking communities through their ethnic media. The first explored the impact of the 2010 U.S. Census count on their communities. The stories were released simultaneously on Fri., Jan. 15, 2010, in the ethnic media and on Immigrant Connect. Check out the series here â€“ Census stories link diverse immigrant communities
The second explored the relationships between immigrants and their children and discovered that immigrant communities are crossing the generational divide in ways that resonate for one another. They were released simultaneously in June 2010. That series is here – Immigrant communities cross the generational divide together
This is the only effort of this kind today in the U.S. as far as the partners know.