Thursday, December 21, 2006

New Immigrants Find Strength In Language

by Emanuel Jalonschi, Queens Chronicle Correspondent, 12/21/2006

Upstairs at the Diversity Center on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, the thick smell of rice, mangu and ceviche waft between a New Immigrant Community Empowerment banner and a sign that reads “We Are America.”
Last Wednesday, 75 adult students graduated from the New Immigrant Community Empowerment’s Civic Literacy Program. They are here to celebrate not only their promotion to the next level of the program, but also their assimilation into the Jackson Heights community...
...Bryan Pu Folkes, the director of NICE and a prominent face in the Jackson Heights immigrant community, rushes in with the last ingredient for this celebration—the music, a collection of bachata, merengue and Mexican Christmas carols...
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