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A Sample of Immigrant Life

A Sample of Immigrant Life

Date and Time: Saturday, Jul 11, 2020, 6:00 PM & Sunday, Jul 12, 2020, 6:00 PM

Registration/Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/109886084236

Running Time: 1 Hour + 15 minute Post-performance Chat

First-generation immigrants with different cultural backgrounds have diverse perspectives of life in the US, but their voices are not often heard because many of them are English-language learners, working people with busy schedules, and outsiders who constantly try to navigate cultural differences. In fact, none of them are stereotypical immigrants. Their stories, ideas, questions, and conflicts make them unique human beings who have shared challenges and passions.

After eight months of research and community engagement, our findings are presented in A Sample of Immigrant Life. The performance by no means tries to represent the immigrant community or summarize immigrant experiences. Instead, it amplifies individual experiences re-rooting in New York City in a way based on extensive research because we agree that “personal is political”.

Through an original approach to online performance making, we are bringing you into a conversation, and a journey of reflection with us.

Created by immigrant artists and members from the University Settlement house community, A Sample of Immigrant Life is the culminating performance of The Square Theatre’s project The Art of Losing.

Devised and performed by Gloria Chao, Jiawen Hu, Jing Dong, Jose Valdez, Josephine Cho, Yusi Gao.

This event will also be live-streaming on Performance Project’s Facebook page. But we strongly encourage you to join our Zoom Webinar performance for the full experience. Streams of recording will be available on Jul 13 and 14, 6:00 PM-12PM EDT.

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Hi students, we still have time to encourage other New Yorkers!

From surveying you, our own students (and receiving the confirmation of completion of the Census Questionnaire), we found the following results. The results are really great compared to the NYS and NYC response rates. (As of 6/25/20 from Response Rates)

Total PopulationPositive ResponsePercentage
US Adult Literacy28026494%
New York City52.7%
New York State57.1%

We would like to applaud your active participation. However, it’s a still long way to go for NYC’s active participation. Please tell three people (family and friends) to get counted by completing the Census Questionnaire because we can self-respond until 7/31. After that, Census takers will start visiting people’s places of residence.

How the Census Benefits Your Community

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

from Why We Conduct the Decennial Census
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