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A Greek American Girl Contemplates Fourth of July


                    As a first-generation Greek-American woman, I have bittersweet feelings about the Fourth of July. I became an American through no choice of my own.  I was barely five when I ...

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Summer in Greece: Return from Exile

flying home for Greek summer

The Greek Diaspora ritual for the summer is to visit the motherland.  It is something like what the geese do every winter; every summer Greeks flock to Hellas.  Walking around my local Astoria, it is becoming more and more apparent ...

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Greek Jews Celebrate at Kehila Kedosha Janina

The success of the Kehila Kedosha Janina Festival draws from the tri-cultural blending of Greek, Jewish and American culture and history.

When you think Greek, you think of a person who descends from Greece and who adheres to the culture of that country, including the Greek Orthodox faith.  But Greece is a diverse country, home to minority cultural groups who share ...

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Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos: Avante Garde and Raw

The artist is a child at play

Avante garde, cutting edge, melding traditions in the cauldron of social media and the digitization of classical forms, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos is the newest sprite in the virtual galaxy. Heralding from three cosmopoli, Thessaloniki, Paris, and New York, this self-taught conceptual ...

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Greek Roots that Go Deep

An actual "ostrakon", clay shard used to vote for the banishment of a citizen "Themistocles"

You know, Toula Portokalos’ father from the film we love and hate, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” wasn’t that far off when he insisted that every English word went back to a Greek root somehow, someway. Out of the nearly ...

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