On our recent field trip, I tried to be especially conscious of the museums we visited as they relate to each other and New York City. From the visitor perspective it feels advantageous to live in a city with many cultural institutions allowing you to see many different stories presented and even the possibility of […]Read more "Two Sides of the Same Coin"
Americans love to flaunt our immigrant heritages (it is said that there are more Irish Americans than there are Irish in Ireland) but the United States has historically not been terribly fond of immigrants themselves. They tend to be poor, don’t speak English, and practice bewilderingly different customs, so we are hesitant to welcome them […]Read more "Assimilation Nation: Immigrants, Food, and Cultural Politics"
I want to reflect on a part of last week’s discussion that focused on the representation of social issues in museums. Although the conversation centered on domestic violence, it could have applied to poverty, homophobia, discrimination, or any other difficult subject that people don’t like to talk about. I strongly believe that museums have an […]Read more "Museums and Social Activism"
“It all started with the Imp!” proclaimed t-shirts at my great-grandmother’s 100th birthday party in 2006. Mary Schubitsch arrived in America as Maria Imp, a teenager from Austria. Excluding her bold choice to divorce an alcoholic spendthrift husband, her story of life in America is a fairly common one—but my family’s pride is so strong […]Read more "Obscurity vs. Notoriety: An Immigrant’s Dilemma"