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How the Winter Holidays Illuminate the Diversity of the U.S

Filed in Perspectives by on December 12, 2014 0 Comments
How the Winter Holidays Illuminate the Diversity of the U.S

With trees and lights and carols abounding, December is considered the Christmas season; however, the spirit of this holiday isn’t limited to one religion or segment of society. The winter holiday season for Americans begins in the weeks prior to Christmas as lights adorn the streets and 78 percent of U.S. households will display a […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Joyce Bouwens

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Getting to Know a J-1: Joyce Bouwens

Name: Joyce Bouwens Training Location: Gainesville, Texas Originally From: The Netherlands What have you found most surprising about America? The people are very warm and welcoming. What’s the strangest thing you’ve observed while on your visit? Everything is bigger in Texas: big trucks, their love for fried food and BBQ! What did you find to be true or false […]

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How Immigrant-Owned Businesses Drive the U.S. Economy

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How Immigrant-Owned Businesses Drive the U.S. Economy

Once the Thanksgiving dishes have been cleared, many Americans will turn to their Christmas shopping lists and the “Black Friday” sales that seem to kick off the holiday shopping season. Retail stores will hold big sales and specials as millions of Americans flood shopping centers on the Friday after Thanksgiving—and in some cases, Thanksgiving night—to […]

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Bring Your Unique Traditions to the Thanksgiving Table This Year

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Bring Your Unique Traditions to the Thanksgiving Table This Year

The roots of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner dates back to 1600s when English settlers celebrated their first harvest in the Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts. The settlers had arrived on the Mayflower in late 1620; roughly half died during that first harsh year. But with help from Native Americans in the area, the English settlers planted […]

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What You Need to Know About Social Security Numbers

Filed in Common J-1 Visa Questions by on November 7, 2014 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About Social Security Numbers

In our new Common J Visa Questions series, Jai Misra, International Exchange Center Program Specialist, will take frequently asked question received from exchange program participants and attempt to answer them in the most comprehensive way possible. This information and much more is available in our FAQs section on our website. If you are a J-1 who will be paid a […]

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Halloween: An American Tradition with Immigrant Roots

Filed in Perspectives by on October 31, 2014 0 Comments
Halloween: An American Tradition with Immigrant Roots

On October 31, Americans celebrate Halloween and pretend that ghosts and goblins are in the air, where candy is prevalent, and everyone can dress up as their favorite character. Walk around any neighborhood or block of stores and you are likely to see Halloween decorations and advertisements for special events.  Don’t let the ghosts, and […]

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Getting to Know a J-1: Vladislav Haralampiev

Filed in Exchange Visitor Highlight by on October 24, 2014 0 Comments
Getting to Know a J-1: Vladislav Haralampiev

Name: Vladislav Haralampiev Training Location: San Francisco, California Originally From: Bulgaria What have you found most surprising about the U.S.? First three things that come to my mind: People work harder the U.S. than in Bulgaria. The weather in San Francisco is very nice. From what people tell me, this is year round. And after visiting the […]

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Take a Fall Color Road Trip

Filed in Perspectives by on October 17, 2014 0 Comments
Take a Fall Color Road Trip

While summer may be a great time for a road trip, the transition from summer to autumn and the harvest season is another time to take a road trip to see the changing season’s color displays. When it comes to viewing autumn’s changing colors, many places across America offer opportunity for dramatic drives through spectacular […]

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How Baseball Echoes U.S. Immigration Patterns and Social History

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How Baseball Echoes U.S. Immigration Patterns and Social History

By John Rebstock. Sports are an integral part of world culture, and it’s impossible to go anywhere without coming across a local game. Canadians are known for loving hockey, Southeast Asia and the West Indies for cricket, and most of the rest of the world for association football, but America’s National Pastime is baseball. Baseball […]

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International Day of Older Persons Recognizes Challenges for Elderly in the U.S. and Across the Globe

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International Day of Older Persons Recognizes Challenges for Elderly in the U.S. and Across the Globe

Since 1991, October 1 has been recognized as International Day of Older Persons by the United Nations. This year’s theme, “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All,” emphasized the needs of the elderly (those age 65 or older). There are many challenges the world faces in providing care to the elderly, but recognizing […]

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