For refugees fleeing for their lives, Lowell is city of hope
May 11, 2017. From the article: For more than 70 years, survivors of war and genocide have settled in Lowell, bringing with them little more than the hope for a better life. “They open businesses. They’re raising families. And they carry this incredible history with them,” said Robert Forrant, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. “They don’t wear it on their sleeve. Unless it’s a tattoo number from a concentration camp, it’s not that obvious.”
The We Are America Project
‘The We Are America Project’ is working with teachers and young people across the country to define what it means to be American, and to spark a new national conversation about American identity today led by the next generation. About the site: “We are eighteen students from Lowell High School, located in Lowell, Massachusetts, working together with our teacher, Jessica Lander. During the 2018-2019 school year, we learned together with Ms. Lander in a course called the Seminar on American Diversity…”
Greater Lowell Oral History Collection
Greater Lowell Oral History Collection. The Greater Lowell Oral History Collection is a compilation of oral history interviews from several oral history projects conducted by the Center for Lowell History, the Lowell National Historical Park, the Lowell Historical Society, the Library of Congress, as well as many other organizations that focus on the residents of the Greater Lowell, Massachusetts area, their culture, and their history.
New Americans in Lowell: The Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants
This recently completed report by Gateways for Growth can be linked on the resources page to highlight economic and demographic contribution. This would also be good to get onto the site as soon as practical.
The Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants in the Region. A 2019 report determined that immigrants living in Lowell helped create or preserve 1,401 local manufacturing jobs that would have otherwise vanished or moved elsewhere. To find out more, read the ten-page report here:
Syriatown Boston in the 1940s and 1950s:
Vietnamese - Global Boston
Vietnamese refugees and immigrants have been coming to greater Boston since the end of the Vietnam War and are now the second largest Asian immigrant group in the region. In the wake of the Vietnam War, a thirty-year conflict that killed millions of people and left the country devastated, the US became one of several countries to resettle Southeast Asian refugees. The first to leave were several thousand South Vietnamese military and government officials who departed with US forces in 1975. As a refugee crisis unfolded over the next decade, the US took responsibility for resettlement of roughly a million people who feared persecution under Communist rule. The Boston area was one of the top ten resettlement sites in the country; by the year 2000 more than 30,000 Vietnamese were living in Massachusetts, roughly a third of them in the city of Boston.